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Does a Delaware corporation need to register in other states in the US?

I'm incorporating a C-corp in Delaware. We will have rented office space in Burlington MA, but our business is conducted entirely online.

Do I need to register the company with the state of Massachusetts?


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Scott Milburn
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As a general rule, you need to register as a foreign corporation in the state where you are actually located and conducting business.
Tim Kilroy
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Yeah, I am pretty sure that you do...there is an annual franchise fee plus other stuff... ------- Tim Kilroy (617) 899-2436
Scott Swanson
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Scott Swanson Entrepreneur
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The attorney for my business strongly recommended registering my Delaware corporation in the state of Washington, which is where we primarily conducted business. Had we not registered the business in Washington state, the business would not have had access to the court system or any state run business programs. -Scott -Scott Scott Swanson Email: [removed to protect privacy] Cell: [removed to protect privacy] Skype: chilired07 Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/srswanson
Adam Signaigo, PMP
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Yes - that is my understanding. You need to register for your primary location for doing business. The litmus test seems to be where you are receiving payments and maintain operational bank accounts.
Michael Grassotti
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Michael Grassotti Entrepreneur
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I just went thru this process myself for an online business and usedwww.clerky.com - they are a y-combinator company that helps you register and file paperwork. Not getting a commission or anything but found it super helpful thought you might as well.
Nadia Shalaby
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Nadia Shalaby Entrepreneur
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yes, you do, as everyone already noted
Hareesh Chandrupatla
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Hareesh Chandrupatla Entrepreneur
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You definitely need to register as a foreign corporation in Massachusetts where you are conducting business. You can refer tohttps://www.sec.state.ma.us/cor/corpweb/corfor/forinf.htm
Julie Krafchick
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Julie Krafchick Entrepreneur
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Do you guys know when you start paying taxes on it? Is it when you formed your LLC or when you start doing business?
Eric Landeen
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Eric Landeen Entrepreneur
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Not sure. But, I was surprised by the DE Franchise tax which I had to pay. They base it on authorized shares unless you use an alternative "par value" calculation. I logged on to the DE dept of revenue site to see what I owed and it said I owed $52K (it defaults to calculating the tax based on number of authorized shares)- I almost had a heart attack. But using the par value calc I got it down to $400.
Rob Gropper
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Julie, we are not incorporated in DE, but i would suspect that it depends on what kinds of taxes are levied in MA. In WA we pay no state income tax, but there is a B & O tax (business and occupation), in Redmond there is a "Redmond City head tax" so if we have employees in Redmond we would pay RC head tax, L&I, payroll taxes, etc. until the company starts to generate revenue then we don't have to worry about paying B&O or sales tax, but we do have to file returns with dept. of revenue and Labor and industries (if we are paying salaries). A local accountant should be able to provide guidance there.
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