Maryland Business Express
 
 
 
 
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Departmental Forms & Applications

NOTE: The applications and forms below are in PDF format. Users will need to have PDF reader software installed on their computer in order to view, fill-out, download and print an application or form. Please be certain your computer has the ​free Adobe Reader​, or other PDF reader software available.

TAXPAYER SERVICES FORMS FOR BUSINESSES

 

CORPORATE CHARTER DIVISION

Email:SDAT.CharterHelp@Maryland.gov

Note: Due to the fact that the laws governing the formation and operation of business entities and the effectiveness of a UCC Financing Statement involve more than filing documents with our office, we suggest you consult an attorney, accountant, or other professional. Our staff cannot act as consultants.

Mail completed forms to:
State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Charter Division
301 W. Preston Street; 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201-2395  
 

Most of the filing fees for these documents are included in the instructions. You may also view the filing fee schedule online.   

AFFIDAVIT FORM FOR ALLEGEDLY FRAUDULENT CHARTER FILINGS 

Create or Start a Business in Maryland 

Maryland Business Express is SDAT's award-winning online platform for registering and establishing businesses, making annual filings, and requesting document copies. Click here to see if the legal entity for your business can be created online.
 
Note: All entities are required to make annual filings in order to legally operate in Maryland (see below). Sign up here  to receive timely email reminders to file these important documents.

Make Changes to an Existing Business 

 

End Cancel or Revive a Business 

 

Foreign (non-Maryland) Businesses

 When a non-Maryland corporation, LLC, LLP, LP, etc. makes an initial filing with SDAT that creates or reactivates an account, that filing must be accompanied by written proof of existence from the home state, generally the equivalent of a Certificate of Status.
 
Note: All entities are required to make annual filings in order to legally operate in Maryland (see below), including foreign (non-Maryland) businesses. Sign up here to receive timely email reminders to file these important documents.
 
 

UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE FILINGS

Note: Under Maryland Criminal Law, a person who files in public records of the Department of Assessments and Taxations a lien or encumbrance against the personal property of another that is based on a false, fictitious or fraudulent statement is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both for the first offense.

Mail completed forms to:
State Department of Assessments and Taxation /UCC
301 W Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 

AFFIDAVIT FORM FOR ALLEGEDLY FRAUDULENT UCC FILINGS

 For more information, visit the UCC Financing Statement page.
 

ANNUAL REPORTS & PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RETURNS

Email: SDAT.PersProp@Maryland.gov for questions regarding Personal Property Tax Return
Email: SDAT.CharterHelp@Maryland.gov for questions regarding Annual Report 

Mail completed forms to:
State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Taxpayer Services Division
P.O. Box 17052
Baltimore, MD 21297-1052

Note: The Department has streamlined the annual business filing process in Maryland by updating the paperwork all entities are required to file with the state. 2019 filings can now be made online through Maryland Business Express. SDAT strongly recommends that all business owners sign up for timely email reminders to file these important documents and to receive general news updates.

Note: Download these forms to your computer and open them using the free ​Adobe Reader​, available online. You cannot use the extra features on these forms unless you do, and they may not print correctly if you do not. The forms below are coded to open in a new window, your browser may consider this action a pop-up. ​

The simplest and easiest method to file both the Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Return is through Maryland Business Express (MBE), SDAT’s award-winning platform for creating a business, making annual filings, and requesting document copies online.  As you answer the prompts in filing the Annual Report electronically, MBE will automatically identify whether a Personal Property Tax Return is required.  Business owners may continue to submit their Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Returns by mail or file in person at our West Preston Street office in Baltimore City.


We would encourage all businesses to first consider filing through Maryland Business Express (MBE). However, if you choose not to, we would encourage businesses to review the 2019 Form 1 - Instructions document below. 

All business entities formed, qualified, or registered to do business in Maryland MUST file an Annual Report and, if they answer ‘Yes’ to either of the following questions, MUST ALSO file a Personal Property Tax Return. If this applies to your business entity, please file both the Annual Report and Business Personal Property Return together.
  • Does the business own, lease, or use personal property located in Maryland?
  • Does the business maintain a trader’s license with a local unit of government in Maryland?

Domestic & Foreign Corporations - LLC, LLP, LLLPs LP, REIT and Statutory Business Trust must file a Form 1 (see the Form 1 Instructions below)


Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships must file a Form 2 Personal Property Tax Return 

Credit Unions must file a Form 3 Annual Report
  2019 Form 3 - Credit Unions​

Financial Institutions, Banks, Savings Banks, Savings & Loans, and Trust Companies must file a Form 5 Annual Report
   2019 Form 5 - Banks, Savings & Loans and Other Financial Institutions 
Note: For entities with multi locations, only complete Section VI of Form 5 with the initial location reported. An additional Section V should be completed when reporting multi locations or branches. 

Rental Property (Condominiums, Townhouses, Cottages, Room Rentals, etc.) in Ocean City/Worcester County (Unincorporated) must file a Form 7 Personal Property Tax Return 
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Form SD-1 – Supplemental Detail (NEW), used to report exemptions, expensed property, transfers in/out of Maryland​

To report the Transfer, Sale or Disposal or personal property, please download the form below
 Form 21 – Transfer, Sale or Disposal of ALL Tangible Personal Property


Prior Years Filings
Use the forms below to file previous years annual reports and returns. You may also file prior years returns online through Maryland Business Express

 

 


PROPERTY OWNERS & REAL PROPERTY DIVISION


GROUND RENT

 
Mail completed forms to:
State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Ground Rent
301 W. Preston Street; 8th Floor 
Baltimore, MD 21201-2395

 For more information visit the Ground Rent program page
 

TAX CREDITS

For Homeowners & Renters questions e-mail: sdat.taxcreditapp@maryland.gov
For Homestead program questions e-mail: sdat.homestead@maryland.gov

Note: The applications below are in PDF format. Users will need to have PDF reader software installed on their computer in order to view, fill-out, download and print an application. Please be certain your computer has the ​free Adobe Reader​, or other PDF reader software available.

REAL PROPERTY

Note: The applications below are in pdf format. Users will need to have pdf reader software installed on their computer in order to view, fill-out, download and print an application. Please be certain your computer has the ​free Adobe Reader​, or other PDF reader software available.

For further information, or to receive a particular form or questionnaire, contact your local Department of Assessments and Taxation office. Completed forms must be returned to the appropriate local assessment office. A  complete location list of local assessment offices can be found at  

Miscellaneous Forms

Exemptions Applications

Commercial Property Income Questionnaires

Apartment Building Hotel/Motel
Assisted Living Facility Marina
Campground Mobile Home Park
Cemetery Nursing Home
Commercial/ Industrial            Section 42 Tax Credit Property
Garage and Parking Lot Subsidized Housing
Golf Course Tenant List & Rent Schedule
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