INCORPORATING IN DELAWARE AND FRANCHISE TAX

When it’s time to handle your Delaware filings and business registrations, rely on professionals with years of jurisdictional expertise. Rely on CSC. We’ll be a dependable liaison between your legal team and the Delaware Division of Corporations, giving you fast, responsive service. Whether you’re forming an entity, changing entity names, making stock adjustments, cancelling entities, or preparing corporate filings for mergers and conversions, CSC provides the unparalleled support you need.

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Industry-leading expertise

CSC closely monitors Delaware filing submissions, dates, signatures, and more to ensure your entities always comply with Delaware-specific conventions and deadlines.

Unmatched customer support

You’ll have access to dedicated account experts. They’ll provide live, personalized service during extended business hours. Because CSC works around the clock, you can always reach one of our staff to initiate a global filing procedure and meet the 24-hour deadline.

Immediate availability of evidence

We maintain accurate and secure records of all entity transactions, as well as service of process histories—all of which are available to you immediately once Delaware approves your filing.

SERVICES

  • The filing date for Delaware is listed as the date of submission.

    • CSC stays on top of your filing dates in Delaware to ensure that they are always on time and include the proper information to avoid rejection.

  • Limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and corporations all have different execution requirements.

    • CSC organizes the required client signatures to execute before the Delaware filing deadlines.

  • CSC can help you manage Corrections and Corrected Certificates in Delaware to ensure that you always have the proper documents on file.

CSC is proud to offer you around-the-clock service, record response times, and unequalled fulfillment speeds.

If you need an even faster submission process, we’ll work with Delaware to provide 30-minute service for an additional fee.

The professionals at CSC have years of experience submitting last-minute filings. Count on us to execute your filings on time—and on budget.

CSC provides fast, reliable statutory representation—wherever you do business. When you choose Registered Agent services from CSC, you get the perfect union of experience and technological innovation. We receive service of process, send immediate notice by email, and deliver your documents electronically—scanned, indexed, and optimized—within 24 hours.

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CSCNavigator—our unified legal and compliance portfolio management system—powers our corporate compliance solutions. Corporate legal departments, compliance professionals, and business owners use this platform to securely manage their entities, annual reports, corporate filings, service of process (SOP), litigation, deals, business licenses, contracts, and many other business needs.

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CSC Entity Management software offers you a clear view of governance and compliance activities throughout your company, as well as valuable insight into the health and status of all your entities.

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FAQs

  • Why incorporate in Delaware?

    There are a number of good reasons for organizations to incorporate in Delaware:

    • Several types of business can be transacted under one corporate roof

    • Shareholders can act in writing instead of holding meetings

    • Individuals who are not shareholders can serve on the board

    • Entities are not required to keep corporate records in Delaware

    • One person can act as the sole officer, director, and shareholder of a corporation

    • Companies that do not do business in Delaware are not charged state income tax

    • Delaware has no sales or personal property tax

    Learn more about how (and why) the nation’s second-smallest state became a coveted business domicile.

  • What is my Delaware filing date?

    The filing date for Delaware is listed as the date of submission. If the Delaware Division of Corporations rejects your document and requires corrections, you have five business days to correct and resubmit the document. If it is rejected again, you have another five days to make adjustments.

    • It takes quick action to retain your original filing dates. CSC closely monitors Delaware filing submissions to make sure that changes are addressed correctly and resubmitted by deadline.

    • CSC stays on top of your filing dates in Delaware to make sure your submissions are on time and include the proper information to avoid rejection.

  • What are the specific execution requirements?

    Execution in Delaware has specific conventions. For corporations, an officer must execute documents and must include his or her title. For limited liability companies, an authorized person, manager, or member may execute documents. For limited partnerships, the general partners must execute documents. CSC can help you organize the required client signatures to execute before the Delaware filing deadlines.

  • What evidence will I receive?

    It’s very important to have physical evidence of your Delaware filings. Delaware sends certificates of incorporation as PDFs. You can validate certificates for authenticity on the state website using the seven-digit authentication number located on the lower right corner of the certification page. And thanks to CSC’s superior technology, you’ll have access to your evidence immediately once Delaware approves your filing.

  • Is there a global filing procedure in Delaware?

    Delaware has a global filing procedure that can secure filing dates 365 days a year. You need to notify the state at least 24 hours before submitting the document, requesting the specific filing date and time. Thanks to CSC’s extended hours, you can reach one of our staff to initiate a global filing procedure and meet the 24-hour deadline.

  • Can I get a submission any faster?

    Yes, CSC works with Delaware to provide a 30-minute service to clients for an additional fee on top of the regular filing fees. You should know, however, that not all filings fit the criteria. For example, preclearances are not allowed. You may have more success with a 30-minute submission if the submission meets the following criteria:

    • The document has been precleared with a clear letter (no errors)

    • The precleared document is the exact document that was submitted

    • All franchise taxes and annual reports are paid and filed in advance

    • The entity is in good standing

    The professionals at CSC have years of experience submitting last-minute filings. Count on us to execute your filings on time—and on budget.

  • What is the difference between a Correction and a Corrected Certificate?

    Delaware allows you to file a Corrected Certificate or Certificate of Correction if you previously filed a document that was an inaccurate record of the corporate action or that was defectively or erroneously executed.

    There’s a difference between the two types of corrections: A Certificate of Correction amends only the original error. It applies retroactively to the original document being corrected. When you request a certified copy of this document, you will automatically receive the original document as well as the correction. A Corrected Certificate corrects not only the inaccuracy, but also recites the document in its entirety. When you request a certified copy, you will receive just the Corrected Certificate. This is generally more cost-effective (and often less confusing) when more than one article of the document is being corrected.

    CSC can help you manage Certificates of Correction and Corrected Certificates in Delaware to ensure that you always have the proper documents on file.

  • How do I handle restated Certificated of Incorporation?

    You generally file a restated Certificate of Incorporation with the State of Delaware. It’s essentially a compilation of all of your documents previously on record with the state. If your entity has more than 15 documents on file with the state, it’s a cost-effective, less confusing option. You must include previously filed designations in a restated certificate if they are still in effect. If you don’t include previously filed designations, they’re considered eliminated and no longer in effect. This would be especially confusing if you attempted to file a Certificate of Increase and discovered your designation has essentially been wiped out or eliminated.

  • How does CSC handle business mergers, dissolutions, and conversions in Delaware?

    When a corporation is merging, dissolving, or converting, it is required to file all annual reports due at the time of filing the specific merger, dissolution, or conversion document. All annual reports due with filings can be submitted 24 hours before the filing.

    Additionally, when converting to a Delaware entity, corporations must submit their formation document with the conversion document. CSC’s Concierge Legal Services can help your team manage the details of business mergers, dissolutions, and conversions from start to finish. You’ll find our attentive handling of your filings invaluable in situations where your clients are located in other states or countries.

  • Does CSC handle preclearances in Delaware?

    Delaware allows preclearance on all document types except annual reports. More complex filings that are often precleared include mergers, conversions, and restated certificates. Delaware charges $100 for a 24-hour expedited preclearance and $500 for a two-hour expedited preclearance. All 24-hour preclearances and two-hour preclearances must be submitted before 7:00 p.m. CSC will ensure that no matter where you are in the world, your preclearance is submitted on deadline, Monday through Friday.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Delaware Annual Report eFiling Login

The fast, easy way to file and pay for your Delaware Annual Reports and Tax Notices

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The Delaware Effect

Learn how (and why) the nation’s second-smallest state became a coveted business domicile

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Steps to Entity Formation

Learn incorporation rules, corporate filing guidelines, and required documentation for corporate matters

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