Once you have formed your Pennsylvania LLC, you must stay on top of your state’s filing deadlines in order to stay in good standing and avoid unnecessary fines or penalties.
This article answers the following questions for a Pennsylvania LLC:
What Is a Decennial Report?
In Pennsylvania, a decennial report is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every 10 years to update your business information, including:
- Registered office
- Commercial registered office provider (if applicable)
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the State of Pennsylvania. This allows creditors and other interested parties to look up your business address in case they need to contact you. The government uses this information to track the payment of your LLC state taxes.
How Do I File a Decennial Report?
You can file your Pennsylvania LLC decennial report with the Department of State.
File Your Pennsylvania Decennial Report
File by Mail With the Pennsylvania Department of State
Pennsylvania Department of State
Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
P.O. Box 8722
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722
Due Date: Pennsylvania LLC decennial reports are due every 10 years within the calendar year so long as the LLC has not made any amended filings within that 10-year period.
Late Filings: Any decennial report received after the tenth calendar year will cause your LLC to lose good standing status with the state, and your LLC’s name will become available for use by any other Pennsylvania entity. Further failure to file a decennial report could result in the dissolution of your Pennsylvania LLC.
Should I Use a Registered Agent Service?
A registered office is an address selected by your company to officially receive and send papers from. By using a registered agent service, you can ensure that your LLC's reports are always filed on time to the appropriate government agency. Here are the three main advantages to using a registered agent service for your LLC:
- Avoid late filing penalties: The Department of State can dissolve a Pennsylvania LLC if it does not file a decennial report. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- Gain flexibility: A registered agent service can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours so that you don’t have to be on the job from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week. You can also use a registered agent service to form an LLC in other states where you don't already have an established business presence.
- Maintain privacy: Using a registered agent service allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your privacy. Additionally, if someone sues your LLC, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent’s address rather than your place of business.
Learn more about getting a Pennsylvania registered office by reading our guide.