What is a Decennial Report?

The Pennsylvania decennial report’s purpose is to report an entity’s continued existence, filed every 10 years on years ending with “1” (i.e., 2011, 2021, etc.). Entities that were formed before January 1, 2021 must file a decennial report in PA to show they continue to exist. Many other states require an annual report with filing fees; the Pennsylvania decennial report has a filing fee of $70, payable to the PA Department of State.

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Who is required to file a decennial report?

  • All domestic and foreign business corporations
  • Non-profit corporations
  • Limited liability companies
  • Limited partnerships
  • Limited liability partnerships that are not also limited partnerships
  • Business trusts

* Fictitious names and trademarks are not required to file this report. 

Entities required to file a decennial report in PA should have received a postcard dated January 15, 2021, notifying them of the filing requirement. Postcards are mailed to the address on record at the Department of State.

The current reports must be filed in the calendar year of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Failure to file a decennial report during the above-mentioned filing period will result in the entity no longer having exclusive use of its name on or after January 1, 2022. The entity name will become available for use by other corporations or associations. The entity may file after the deadline, which will reinstate the name, unless the name has been appropriated by another corporation or association during the period of delinquency.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns regarding your decennial filing or visit the Department of State website link below.

Decennial Filing Resource Page

Author: Wayne M. Pecht, Esq.
Part of the Johnson Duffie Estate and Trust Planning Team

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