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 Fl, 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.
Register a Maryland business through the Maryland Business Express
Fraudulent Filing Recording
When a non-Maryland corporation, LLC, LLP, LP, etc. makes a 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: 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.
For more information, visit the UCC Financing Statement page.
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. 2018 filings can now be made online through Maryland Business Express, and the extension request system is also now available. SDAT strongly recommends that all business owners sign up for timely email reminders to file these important documents and to receive general news updates.
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.
Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships must file a Form 2 Personal Property Tax Return (no fees apply)
Credit Unions must file a Form 3 Annual Report.
Financial Institutions, Banks, Savings Banks, Savings & Loans, and Trust Companies must file a Form 5 Annual Report.
Rental Property (Condominiums, Townhouses, Cottages, Room Rentals, etc.) in Ocean City/Worcester County (Unincorporated) must file a Form 7 Personal Property Tax Return (no fees apply).
To file the Annual Report and/or Personal Property Tax Return for previous years, please download the forms below;
Any Year Form 1 - Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Return
Any Year Form 2 – Sole Proprietorships & General Partnerships
Any Year Form 3 – Credit Unions
Any Year Form 5 - Banks, Savings & Loans & Other Financial Institutions
Any Year Form 7 - Condominiums, Townhouses, Cottages and Room Rentals
PLEASE NOTE: Download these forms to your computer and open them using Adobe Reader, available here. You cannot use the extra features on these forms unless you do, and they may not print correctly if you don’t!
Mail completed forms to:State Department of Assessments and Taxation, 301 W. Preston Street; 9th FL, Baltimore, MD 21201-2395. Please note on the envelope to which program the application is being mailed.
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 list of offices with contact information can be found at http://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Maryland-Assessment-Offices.aspx
MD Land Instrument Intake Sheet (Link to Maryland Judiciary Court Forms Index Page)
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