Maine Annual Report

Maine LLC
Annual Report Instructions

How to form an LLC in Maine
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Maine.

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. Annual Report ← you are here
7. Business License
8. Taxes

 

Maine LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $175 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $85 (every year)

Need help?
Hire a company to form your Maine LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

(check out Northwest vs LegalZoom)

All LLCs doing business in Maine must file an Annual Report every year.

You need to file an Annual Report in order to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state.

You can file your LLC’s Annual Report by mail or online. We recommend filing online since it’s easier and the processing time is quicker.

You will find instructions below for filing by mail and filing online.

Fee
$85 for both filing by mail and filing online.

Processing Times
If you file by mail, it depends on the time of the year. When they’re not busy, the processing time is about 1 week or less. If they are busy (or it’s close to the filing deadline), it can take 1-2 weeks to be processed.

If you file online, the processing time is immediate.

Due Date
Your LLC’s Annual Report is due by June 1st every year. Your first Annual Report is due the year following the year your LLC was formed.

Example: If your LLC was formed on April 15th, 2017, your first Annual Report will be due by June 1st, 2018.

Penalty
After June 1st, there is a $50 penalty added onto the $85 filing fee ($135 total). If you do not file within 65 days after June 1st (August 5th), the state will administratively dissolve (shut down) your LLC.

How early can it be filed?
January 2nd.

Reminders
The state no longer sends Annual Report reminders by mail, but they do send email reminders if you provided your email on your Certificate of Formation. Regardless, we recommend putting a repeating reminder on your calendar to make sure you file your Annual Report before the due date each year.

Instructions for Filing Maine LLC Annual Report by Mail

Download a Pre-printed Annual Report Form:
• Visit http://www10.informe.org/aro/form_download.html
• Enter your LLC’s Charter Number and click the “Create Form” button.

To find your LLC’s Charter Number, you can look at your approved Certificate of Formation. You can also search your LLC’s name here, click “Information Summary” to the right, then look for your Charter Number at the top.

Note: You can print the Annual Report form, fill it out by hand (use blue or black pen), then sign; or, you can type in the form on your computer, then print and sign. When printing, use regular white paper (8.5″ x 11″).

1st Page

1. Purpose of your Business
Enter the general purpose of your business. It doesn’t have to be extremely specific and detailed (unless you want), and you are not going to be forced to do this forever. You can always change the purpose of your business as it grows.

You can enter just a few words (ex: “pizza shop”, “real estate investing”, “landscaping”, etc.) or you can enter a longer description. Or, if you prefer, you can keep things open-ended and use this default language instead:

“Any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Maine.”

2. Name and Address of Members/Managers
Enter the name and street address of at least one of your LLC’s members or managers.

Note: Most LLCs are member-managed, where all the owners run the business and day-to-day operations. An LLC can also be manager-managed, where one, or a few designated people, run the business and day-to-day operations (while the members play more of a passive/investor role).

To learn more about member-managed LLCs vs. manager-managed LLCs, read this short article.

Attached Pages
There is a small space after “List number of pages attached” which you can just leave blank, unless you need additional room, then include an attachment and write “1” (or more) on the line.

Date and Signature
Enter today’s date, sign your name, and then print your name below and list your capacity. A common example would be “John Doe, Member” or “John Doe, Manager”.

2nd Page

Daytime Telephone Number and/or Email (#1):
Enter your telephone number or email address (or both). The Secretary of State will use this information to contact you with any questions about your Annual Report.

Payment and Mailing Instructions:
Prepare a check or money order for $85 and make payable to “Secretary of State”.

Important: Write your LLC’s Charter Number on your check.

Send your filing fee and completed Annual Report to:

Secretary of State
Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0101

Processing Time and Verification:
Your Annual Report’s processing time depends on the time of year. When they’re not busy, the processing time is about 1 week or less. If they are busy (or it’s close to the filing deadline), it can take 1-2 weeks to be processed.

Nothing is sent back by mail, but you can search your LLC here, click on “Information Summary” to the right, scroll to the bottom and click “View list of filings”. Then look for “Annual Report” in the left column. The date filed will be listed to the right.

Instructions for Filing Maine LLC Annual Report Online

1. Visit the Maine Secretary of State Annual Report Filing page:
https://www10.informe.org/aro/index_on.html

2. Search your LLC
Click “File a Single Annual Report” and enter your LLC’s Charter Number in the search box.

To find your LLC’s Charter Number, you can look at your approved Certificate of Formation. You can also search your LLC’s name here, click “Information Summary” to the right, then look for your Charter Number at the top.

Your LLC’s name will appear in red on the next page. Click the “Continue” button to proceed.

3. Purpose of your Business
At the bottom of the page, enter the general purpose of your business. It doesn’t have to be extremely specific and detailed (unless you want), and you are not going to be forced to do this forever. You can always change the purpose of your business as it grows.

You can enter just a few words (ex: “pizza shop”, “real estate investing”, “landscaping”, etc.) or you can enter a longer description. Or, if you prefer, you can keep things open-ended and use this default language instead:

“Any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Maine.”

Then click the “Continue” button to proceed.

4. Name and Address of Members/Managers
Enter the name and street address of at least one of your LLC’s members or managers in the corresponding sections, then click the “Continue” button.

Note: Most LLCs are member-managed, where all the owners run the business and day-to-day operations. An LLC can also be manager-managed, where one, or a few designated people, run the business and day-to-day operations (while the members play more of a passive/investor role).

To learn more about member-managed LLCs vs. manager-managed LLCs, read this short article.

5. Review
Review the information you entered in your Maine LLC’s Annual Report. If you need to make any changes, click the “Edit” links. If not, click the “Continue” button to proceed.

6. Signature
Enter your title at the top (example: “Member” or “Manager”). Next enter your full name, which acts as your signature, and then enter your email address below. Click the “Continue” button to proceed.

7. Review Again
Review the information in your Maine LLC’s Annual Report one final time and then click the “Submit filing NOW” button to proceed.

8. Payment Method
Select your payment method and click “Continue”. On the next page, enter your billing and contact information and then click “Continue” to submit your payment.

Processing Time and Verification:
Your Annual Report will be processed right after your payment is submitted. Within a few minutes, you will receive an email confirmation letting your know your Annual Report has been successfully filed.

Next Step

Once you’ve reviewed this lesson, or filed your Maine LLC’s Annual Report, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Maine Business Licenses & Permits.

Maine Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Maine Secretary of State by phone at 207-624-7752 or by email at [email protected]. They pick up the phone right away.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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2 Comments

  1. Viktoriya Sivakova February 23, 2019

    Thank you for your work. Everything is precise and just all I needed to know!

    reply
    • Matt Horwitz February 23, 2019

      You’re very welcome Viktoriya. Thank you for the kind words :)

      reply

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