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Despite what the name suggests, this is not a tax imposed on franchises. Rather, a franchise tax is imposed on businesses basically for the mere privilege of being incorporated or registered to transact business in that state. The method for calculating franchise tax varies by state. Common methods include:
Not all states have annual reports. Some have biennial reports (due every other year) instead. Whether annual or biennial, the primary purpose of a company’s annual report remains the same. An Annual Report provides updated information on the business. Many details for a business can change in the course of a year. The business may have moved locations. Management of the business might have changed. The annual report provides states with a means for keeping updated information on businesses.