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Forming an LLC in Massachusetts

As the most populous state in New England and the home of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Pilgrim State is a prosperous and exciting place to be an entrepreneur. A rich history in academia and industry has made the Commonwealth of Massachusetts a global leader in education, science, biotechnology, finance, engineering and trade.

If you want to start your own business in Massachusetts, one of the best ways to do so is by forming a Massachusetts LLC. Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Massachusetts LLCs give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.

In Massachusetts, the Corporations Division is responsible for administering businesses, including LLCs. This is in contrast to the secretary of state, which is the entity that manages businesses in many other states.

Briefly, the benefits of starting a Massachusetts LLC include:

  • Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
  • Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration of your Massachusetts LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.

Six Quick Steps to Setting up an LLC in Massachusetts

We’ve got lots of useful information on setting up an LLC in MA. On this page you’ll find the basic steps of how to form a Massachusetts LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.

Review Information from the Massachusetts Corporations Division

The MA Corporations Division has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Massachusetts. We’ve covered the basic steps for filing an LLC in Massachusetts, but you’ll find other useful information below.

Special Types of Massachusetts LLCs

A regular Massachusetts LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.

What to Do After Forming Your Massachusetts LLC

Want to know your next steps after Massachusetts LLC filing? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.

Detailed Information for Your Massachusetts LLC

You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:

Naming Your Massachusetts LLC

How to search the Massachusetts business registry of the MA Corporations Division and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Massachusetts LLC name and more.

Massachusetts Resident Agents for Your LLC

How to search the Massachusetts business registry of the MA Corporations Division and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Massachusetts LLC name and more.

Fees and Requirements for Your Massachusetts LLC

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Massachusetts rules. Includes details of Employee Identification Numbers (EINs), Massachusetts and federal business licenses, Massachusetts annual reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your Massachusetts LLC

How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Massachusetts government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Massachusetts taxes like sales tax and income tax.

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