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Kicking You When You're Down

October 27, 2010 17:38:07.743

So here I am, setting up an LLC for myself, so that I can safely conduct contract business. I went to LegalZoom, which seems like a pretty reasonable solution. However, here in Maryland, the state decided that it would be just swell to layer on extra fees - at rates that make no sense:

  • $192 Filing Fee
  • $149 Registered Agent Fee
  • $79 to get a tax id

Do they employ garden gnomes to file small pieces of paper, or what?

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Kicking You When You're Down

[Bruce Hobbs] October 27, 2010 19:16:23.066

Sounds like something right out of "Why Chuck Can't Get His Business Off the Ground" <[link 1]Just imagine if you lived in Milwaukee or Miami. :-(

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Re: Kicking You When You're Down

[anonymous] October 28, 2010 20:55:28.792

James, most web startups (and many Fortune 500 companies) incorporate in Delaware regardless of where they do business for two reasons: 1) Delaware has business friendly laws (it's usually cheaper) and 2) those laws are well-tested in court and understood by business and tax attorneys throughout the country. Maryland will probably still impose some fee on you regardless, but consider using Delaware anyway; most startups in the Valley did.

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