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Delaware Corporations – Don’t Authorize Too Many Shares, or “No Par Value” Shares

Occasionally, we will see Canadians or Canadian companies assume that they can authorize as many shares for issuance as they want when forming a Delaware corporation, or that they can authorize shares without par value. That’s technically true, but Delaware will make you pay dearly for it, up to $180,000 per company per year. A Delaware corporation must pay the state an annual franchise tax. This tax is initially based on the number of authorized shares. Provided the authorized shares have a stated par value, the tax assessment can be re-calculated on an assumed par value basis using a formula that involves the number of shares authorized for issuance by the certificate of...