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For startups incorporating in Delaware, what firms are good registered agents to use?

Vanessa Kruze, CPA, is a leading expert in startup taxes and tax compliance. Her team at Kruze Consulting has filed thousands of tax returns for companies that have raised billions in VC funding, and her work has been diligenced by leading VCs, attorneys, and M&A teams at the largest technology companies.
Vanessa Kruze, a highly-experienced CPA, brings valuable tax expertise to startups, drawing from her rich background at Deloitte Tax and as a financial controller for a $20 million startup. As the leader of Kruze Consulting, recognized multiple times in the Inc 5000 list, she specializes in navigating the complex tax landscape for startups. Her firm is known for delivering precise and strategic tax solutions, delivering tax credits utilizing advanced tools to ensure compliance and optimize tax benefits for startups throughout the United States.

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I’m going to expand this question a bit…

Why does a startup need to have a Registered Agent in Delaware?

It’s required by law. If you’ve incorporated in Delaware, you must have an address in that state that can be served papers if you’re sued.

What are the most common startup Registered Agent companies?

Here’s a list of the most common Registered Agents that we see and their prices:

  • Harvard Business Services $50/year

  • Incorp $99/year

  • CSC Global $194/year

  • CT Corporation $275/year

Why the variance? How much should a startup pay for a Delaware Registered Agent?

As little as possible! You just need to have one, and I have yet to see any of our 200+ startups actually use the Registered Agent for anything.

When there are so many to choose from, what’s the best Delaware Registered Agent for my startup? How do I compare Delaware Registered Agents?

Go with the Registered Agent that your lawyer recommends. Our startups typically work with premier law firms like Orrick, Gunderson, Perkins Coie, Goodwin Procter, etc. and we’ve seen those firms recommend HBS, Incorp, CSC, and CT as the most common registered agent for startups.

Anything else I should look out for?

YES! YES! YES! KEEP READING! Note that these companies will try to upsell you on many other services like DE Franchise Tax Filings (~$150+) and reminders and all sorts of bells and whistles that you don’t really need. The Registered Agents are really good at wording these “tax notices” to make them look official. Scam companies have joined the parade too; be on the lookout for “tax notices” that demand payment.

Bottom line, when in doubt, ask your lawyer or CPA.

A few examples…

This bill is legit. Pay It:

legit invoice example

Screenshot below is an “Up-Sell” (You can do it yourself. Don’t Have to Pay the Registered Agent to do it):

Up-sell example


example you should not pay


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