Press Release

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2020
Meghann Malone

SDAT Announces 15 New Online Services, Nearly All Business Filings Can Now Be Completed Online

- Online Expedited Fees Waived for Bus​inesses Seeking to Revive Online -​
​The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced 15 new
online services on Maryland Business Express that will make it significantly easier for
businesses to get back into “good standing” status, a requirement necessary for many types of
Coronavirus-related relief. Some of these new online filing options are for businesses needing to
revive, and the Department is waiving any related online expedited fees to help Marylanders
keep their businesses active.

“Our Department is extremely excited to announce these new online services, which will make it
significantly easier for businesses to get back into Good Standing status; a requirement
necessary for many types of Coronavirus relief programs,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs.
“Whether it’s working on these new online filings options or assisting customers directly, our
team has been working tirelessly to provide Marylanders with the best service possible to help
their businesses succeed.”

Seven of the new online services will be particularly helpful for Maryland business owners who
are just now realizing their business is not in Good Standing status. Maryland Corporations,
LLCs, LLPs, and LPs; and Foreign (non-Maryland) Corporations and LLCs may now revive or
dissolve their businesses online, and the Department is waiving the online expedited fee for
these filings until 30 days after the State of Emergency is rescinded.** If a Maryland business
requests a certified copy of this filing at checkout, that expedited fee will also be waived.** Penalty
payments owed to the Department may also now be paid online, which is another reason
businesses often are not in Good Standing status.

The Department has also created a new Good Standing Checklist that will make it easier for
business owners to proactively determine whether or not their business is in Good Standing with
SDAT, and instruct them how to correct any deficiencies. The Department strongly encourages
that all business owners confirm now whether or not their business is in Good Standing by
looking it up on SDAT’s free online search. The Department also encourages business owners
to sign up to receive updates and timely email reminders to file these important documents.

A complete list of the 15 new online services is as follows, as well as which online expedited
fees have been waived:
  • Penalty payments
  • Make Changes to an Existing Business:
    • Articles of Amendment for a Corporation, Close Corporation, Religious Corporation, Professional Corporation, or Benefit Corporation
    • Certificate of Correction
    • Articles of Supplementary
    • Articles of Merger
    • Articles of Amendment and Restatement
    • Articles of Restatement
    • Articles of Amendment for MD LLC
  • End, Cancel, or Revive a Domestic business:​
    • Articles of Dissolution for a Maryland Corporation (online expedited fee waived)
    • Articles of Revival for the Charter of a Maryland Corporation (online expedited fee waived)
    • Articles or Certificate of Reinstatement for an LLC, LLP, or LP (online expedited fee waived)
  • End, Cancel, or Revive a Foreign (non-Maryland) Business:​
    • Certificate of Cancellation of a Foreign LLC (online expedited fee waived)
    • Application for Termination of a Foreign Corporation (online expedited fee waived)
    • Foreign Corp Requalification (online expedited fee waived)
    • Foreign LLC Re-Registration (online expedited fee waived)​
In March, the Department closed all public access at State Center for Charter, Personal
Property, Ground Rent, and Tax Credit filings, as well as public access at its 24 local Real
Property Offices. The Department has also automatically extended numerous deadlines in
accordance with Governor Hogan’s executive orders.** More information about these extensions,
and contact information for all of SDAT’s programs, can be found on

The Department is strongly encouraging customers to use our online services, since all paperbased submissions will take significantly longer to process throughout the remainder of the
COVID-19 crisis.
  • ​Charter and Personal Property filings can be completed online through Maryland Business Express, and turnaround times for those filings remain unchanged.
  • ​Homeowners’ and renters’ tax credit applications can be submitted through Maryland One Stop, and homestead tax credit applications through SDAT’s website.

The Hogan administration has taken a number of unprecedented steps to respond to the rapidly
evolving COVID-19 crisis. For health resources regarding COVID-19, including case counts and
clinical guidance, please visit the Department of Health’s webpage. For a list of resources to
help businesses whose daily operations are affected during the state of emergency, please visit
Maryland Business Express’ webpage. For a comprehensive list of ongoing state actions,
please visit click​ here​.


 **Please note that previously waived fees and certain deadline extensions were reinstituted on October 1, 2020.

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