Mary­land Busi­ness Ex­press re­leases new on­line ser­vices

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ANNAPOLIS — The Mary­land De­part­ment of As­sess­ments and Tax­a­tion (SDAT) has up­dated its award-win­ning Mary­land Busi­ness Ex­press (MBE) site to now al­low on­line fil­ing of res­o­lu­tions, which add, edit, or re­move a res­i­dent agent and change the prin­ci­pal of­fice lo­ca­tion for busi­nesses.

In ad­di­tion, Mary­land Lim­ited Li­a­bil­ity Compa- nies now can file Ar­ti­cles of Can­cel­la­tion on­line and other doc­u­ments up­dat­ing cus­tomers on the sta­tus of their fil­ings have been en­hanced to pro­vide more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion, in­crease se­cu­rity, and en­sure authen­tic­ity.

“With this up­date, more than 18,000 fil­ings that pre­vi­ously were done by mail or in-per­son an­nu­ally can now be filed on­line through Mary­land Busi­ness Ex­press,” said SDAT Di­rec­tor Michael Higgs. “Con­tin­u­ing to im­prove this mod­ern and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble al­ter­na­tive to pa­per fil­ings will en­sure that Mary­land is open for busi­ness 24/7.”

Most Mary­land en­ti­ties will now have the abil­ity to file on­line res­o­lu­tions that add, edit, or re­move a res­i­dent agent and/or change their prin­ci­pal of­fice lo­ca­tion through MBE. All busi­nesses are legally re­quired to have an ac­tive and valid prin­ci­pal of­fice and res­i­dent agent in or­der to main­tain good stand­ing sta­tus and do busi­ness in Mary­land. Once a res­o­lu­tion is filed, the cus­tomer will re­ceive email up­dates on the res­o­lu­tion’s sta­tus and af­ter it has been ac­cepted, cus­tomers can or­der and re­ceive a cer­ti­fied copy of the res­o­lu­tion im­me­di­ately. This new fea­ture al­lows cus­tomers to make th­ese changes when­ever it is con­ve­nient for them, rather than hav­ing to file in-per­son be­cause MBE is avail­able 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In ad­di­tion, a Mary­land Lim­ited Li­a­bil­ity Com­pany that is in good stand­ing can now file Ar­ti­cles of Can­cel­la­tion on­line, which in­cludes choos­ing the ef­fec­tive date for the can­cel­la­tion as well as the regis­tered agent who will act as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the com­pany for one year af­ter ter­mi­na­tion. Af­ter a can­cel­la­tion has been ap­proved, cer­ti­fied copies of the Ar­ti­cles of Can­cel­la­tion can be or­dered on­line and re­ceived im­me­di­ately. This new on­line ser­vice al­lows LLC own­ers the abil­ity to wrap up busi­ness af­fairs with­out a has­sle or de­lay to be­gin their next ven­ture.

Fi­nally, nu­mer­ous doc­u­ments pro­duced by MBE have been up­dated to pro­vide more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion to cus­tomers by in­clud­ing the fil­ing ap­proval date/time, page num­bers, and de­part­ment ID num­ber. A water­mark will also be shown on all doc­u­ments gen­er­ated while reg­is­ter­ing a busi­ness un­til the busi­ness has been ap­proved in or­der to en­hance se­cu­rity and to en­sure authen­tic­ity.

Through its part­ner­ship with NIC Mary­land, SDAT has con­sis­tently launched new on­line ser­vices for cus­tomers and has de­vel­oped na­tion­ally rec­og­nized sites, such as Mary­land Busi­ness Ex­press, to help busi­nesses thrive in the state of Mary­land.

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