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 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 an LLC.
Massachusetts Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Forming an LLC is fast, easy and inexpensive. LLCs offer many of the protections and advantages of large corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.
Let’s start by looking at the advantages of forming a Massachusetts LLC.
Advantages of Forming an LLC in Massachusetts
Start your Massachusetts LLC in Six Steps
STEP 1: Name Your Massachusetts LLC
STEP 2: Provide the Address for Your New Massachusetts LLC
A Massachusetts LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located or any physical address of your preference — it must be in the state of Massachusetts. It cannot be a P.O. Box.
STEP 3: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Massachusetts LLC
Every Massachusetts LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated Registered Agent service. The Registered Agent in Massachusetts is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.
In Massachusetts, Registered Agents are known as “Resident Agents.”
At Incfile, all of our packages include a Registered Agent service that is free for the first year and just $119 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard where you can log in and easily view any document your Registered Agent has received on your behalf. Here are a few reasons you might want to appoint Incfile as your Registered Agent service:
STEP 4: You Should Provide Names and Addresses of all Massachusetts LLC Members
Your Massachusetts LLC members are the people who own and run the business. They will be the individuals who withdraw profits from the business to pay themselves. Massachusetts requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register the Massachusetts LLC.
STEP 5: You Need to File Certificate of Organization With the Massachusetts Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information together for your LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the Massachusetts Secretary of State to create your LLC. This document is known as your Certificate of Organization and filing it starts the process of creating your Massachusetts LLC. You can do this online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf.
STEP 6: You Can Create a Massachusetts LLC Operating Agreement
Massachusetts LLCs aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. Your Operating Agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, the rights and duties of members and several other key areas. Learn how to create your Operating Agreement here.
If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile will draft a general Operating Agreement within most of our online business formation packages. It can also be selected as an add-on option in our Silver package. This Operating Agreement will be a basic template that you can make changes to anytime you see fit.
You can find lots more useful information on how to form an LLC here. It answers questions like:
Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps on your behalf, such as filing the Certificate of Organization. Our basic package also provides free Registered Agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help starting an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Due Date: Anniversary date of formation or registration.
Filing Fee: $500
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