How to Incorporate in Massachusetts

Instructions on Massachusetts Incorporating
by Drake Forester

What will it cost to incorporate in Massachusetts?

$265 Massachusetts articles of organization filing fee

What are the costs involved in forming a Massachusetts LLC?

Massachusetts LLC certificate of organization will cost $520

How long will it take to get my Massachusetts Incorporation or LLC processed?

It will take the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth about 2-3 business days to process your Massachusetts incorporation, plus mail time. When you mail articles of incorporation or LLC forms, they need to have original signatures.

If you fax your documents, they are processed in 1-2 days. You have to go to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website first to pay and create a coversheet first. Faxing costs an additional $25 but we recommend it because it is so much faster.

Do I reserve a name before incorporating in Massachusetts?

No, Massachusetts does not require a name reservation. However, when free business name search to find out if your company name is available.

What am I going to be looking at for ongoing fees to Massachusetts?

Massachusetts annual reports are due every March 15th (for corporations) or by the corporation fiscal due date with the IRS if it’s different. The filing fee is $125 or $100 if filed electronically.

You will have annual reports due on the exact anniversary of any Limited Liability Company filing, and the filing fee will be $500.

What are the Massachusetts business taxes?

The Massachusetts Corporate net income tax rate is 9.5% with a minimum tax payment of $456. There is also a property tax of $2.60 for every $1,000 of assets your Massachusetts corporation owns that is located in the state.

The Massachusetts personal net income tax rate is 5.3% of regular income, distributions, dividends, and long-term capital gains. Short-term capital gains are taxed at 12%. Short-term capital gains are effective after holding the asset for more than 1 year per Massachusetts code 830 CMR 62.4.1.

The average Massachusetts sales tax rate is 6.25%.

When we incorporate your business in Massachusetts, our service includes:

  • Drafting custom articles for a Massachusetts LLC or Massachusetts corporation.
  • The Massachusetts incorporator initial resolution for a corporation, or Massachusetts organizer if LLC.
  • Ratified Massachusetts corporate bylaws, or operating agreement if Massachusetts LLC.
  • The state of Massachusetts incorporation filing fees.
  • Resident agent service for Massachusetts.
  • Our service fees are: $100 for Massachusetts incorporation service and $125 for Massachusetts registered agent.

All for a total of only $745 for a Massachusetts LLC or $490 for a Massachusetts corporation.