Delaware Franchise Tax Calculator

This calculator is designed to estimate your Delaware franchise tax.

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Vanessa Kruze, CPA Kruze Consulting

Vanessa Kruze CPA,
Kruze Consulting

Caveat: The information on this page intended as general guidance for startups and it doesn’t substitute the need to work with a professional.
Your company is unique; contact Kruze Consulting.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to file Delaware Franchise Tax?

If you incorporated in Delaware, yes, you need to file and pay the Delaware Franchise Tax.

When do I need to file the Delaware Franchise Tax?

February 28th of every year.

Where should I file the DE Franchise Tax?

Do it online: https://corp.delaware.gov/paytaxes.shtml

What Method Should I Use?

The vast majority of our startups use the Assumed Par Value Capital Method because it results it significantly less tax.

How much should I expect to pay?

Most of our startups pay between $400 - $10,000 in DE Franchise taxes. If you've received a bill for $75K, its because Delaware has calculated the tax using the Authorized Shares Method. Don’t freak out; recalculate using the Assumed Par Value Capital Method.

What is par value?

Par value is the value per share. From the cap tables we've seen, the par value is usually set at $0.0001 or $0.00001. The par value has no connection to the market value of the share of stock.

What date should I use to value the Gross Assets?

12/31/XX (most often)