Maryland Resident Agent
Information for Companies doing business in Maryland
All companies doing business in Maryland are required by law to identify and register a Resident Agent with Maryland, who serves the purposes of receiving official communications on behalf of the company, mainly related to litigation, and seeing that the owner of the company is notified. This requirement applies to a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation, limited liability company (LLC), and partnership, whether the company is formed within Maryland and is known as a “domestic” entity, or is formed outside of Maryland, but wants to conduct business in Maryland, and therefore is known as a “foreign” entity.
In addition to entities being required to have a resident agent, some statewide and county licenses and permits also require an out-of-state applicant to identify a local agent. Examples are for residential leasing permits in Montgomery County and master electrician licenses in Maryland. Ms. Berschler can provide the necessary agent services for non-Maryland residents wishing to do business in Maryland.
Barbara Berschler offers personalized and flexible Resident Agent services for both domestic and foreign companies doing business in Maryland. Unlike impersonal, multi-state, website services, when you call to inquire, you will speak with a real person who is familiar with Maryland’s Resident Agent requirements. That way you will obtain the information you need, and work with with a real person who will see that the process runs smoothly and is successful.
If you need to change who serves as your resident agent, Ms. Berschler knows how to accomplish this and will make the process easy.
For a yearly fee of $100.00, Barbara Berschler can serve in that important capacity allowing for continuity of service and a certain level of confidentiality. Please call our office to receive more particularized information.
KEEPING YOUR COMPANY IN GOOD STANDING
To keep your company in good standing in Maryland, you are required to file annual reports and pay fees. This filing is called the Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Return (the “Annual Report”) and is typically due April 15th for all entities doing business in Maryland as of January 1 of that tax year. The return calls for you to provide updated information about officers, addresses, as well as whether you have personal property in Maryland that would be subject to tax. You may not have any such property, but nonetheless the form must be completed and filed. You should consult with your tax or legal advisor as to what forms are required, the amount of fees due and the filing deadlines. See the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation (“SDAT”) Website for more information. SDAT Forms
Beginning in 2018, SDAT no longer will send out copies of the Annual Report or postcards reminding businesses to file. Instead, businesses may sign-up on SDAT’s list-serve to receive reminders. However, the Annual Report is due regardless of whether you received any prior notice. MDSDAT Subscriber In addition, you may want to set up an internal tickler or other system to remind you to obtain the Annual Report and timely to submit it.
Please note that our registered agent services do not include reminding clients about such deadlines.