Should you form your LLC in Maryland? We've collected the relevant information that will help you make this decision.
- Lower taxes for forming your business in-state
- Home to one of the top 20 metro areas in US
- Qualified workforce
- Residents pay 6.75% tax rate
- Non-residents pay 8.25% tax rate
- Competitive market
Cost of doing business
- $100 filing fee / $300 periodic report
- Owner disclosure in periodic report
Forming an LLC in Maryland
In order to communicate to the public that your new business is an LLC, its official name will need to end with one of the following signifiers (or abbreviation of): “Limited liability company”, “LC”, or L.C.”, “LLC”, or “L.L.C.” In addition, it is required that the name of your business is not intentionally misleading to consumers, for any reason. Your company’s new name must also be completely unique, and not deceptively similar to any other organizations name or trademarks. The use of parentheses is also restricted. Do a FREE name search now.
The owners of an LLC are called “members.” The following information must be required regarding your LLCs members:
- Required number of members
Maryland LLCs must have at least one member or manager listed in their incorporation documents.
- Age restrictions
LLC members in Maryland may be of any age.
- Residence restrictions
There are no residence restrictions imposed on LLC members in Maryland.
- What information needs to be included in the Articles of Organization?
Outside of the principal member, LLC Members in Maryland are not required to list their name or addresses in their Articles of Organization.
Requirements for the Articles of Organization
The Articles of Organization is a document that must be filed during the LLC formation process in every state. Here is the information that must be included in this document when filing in Maryland:
Registered agent information
All Maryland LLCs must have a registered agent on file, and submit their name and address (which cannot be a PO box). This agent will be required to be accessible during standard business hours, and act as the state’s point of contact with the company. Learn more about registered agents.
Additional Maryland filing requirements
Many states have steps in the LLC formation process that are unique to that state. These can also vary at the municipality or county level as well. Here are the steps required throughout all of Maryland:
Initial report deadlines
New LLCs in Maryland are required to file an initial report within six months of incorporation.
If your business is a professional practice
Professional service companies are permitted to form under the professional limited liability company (PLLC) structure, or as a traditional LLC.
Maryland LLC taxation and fee requirements
There are several tax and fee requirements that must be addressed by LLCs in Maryland. They are as follows:
All states have complex taxation requirements. For more information regarding taxes in Maryland, it is advised that you visit the state’s official business related website.
Annual report requirements
LLCs in Maryland are required to file an annual report, which the state refers to as a Personal Property Return, every year before April 15th. The cost of this filing is currently $300. Learn more about annual reports.
Tax identification numbers
Maryland requires an EIN (employee identification number) for all LLCs that will have employees, and most banks will require one to open accounts. Maryland also requires LLCs to obtain state tax ID numbers. Learn more about EINs.
Business license requirements
The business licenses and permits required in Maryland vary wildly depending on the county or municipality in which your new LLC is located. If you would like to see more in-depth information on licenses and permits, please feel free to visit the content in our learning library that covers business licenses and permits.
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