Massachusetts LLC Cost

We’ve compiled the most common fees so you know exactly what to expect when starting your Massachusetts LLC.

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FAQs on how to determine Massachusetts LLC costs

  • To form an LLC in Massachusetts, you must file a Certificate of Organization with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You can file in person, by mail, via fax, or online. With our Massachusetts LLC Formation Service, we can start your LLC in just 5-10 minutes for only $0 + filing fees. It’s that simple!

  • The Massachusetts LLC cost is more than just the filing fee for the Certificate of Organization.

    Filing Fee: The cost to file the Certificate of Organization is$520. You can pay an expedited service fee of $50 to have your documents processed in 4 – 6 days or rush it in 1 – 2 days for $79

    Annual Reports: Every LLC must file an annual report on or before the anniversary date of the filing of the original Certificate of Organization. The cost to file is $500.

  • Let’s go over some additional fees you may encounter as you set up your Massachusetts LLC. The cost to start a business in Massachusetts is different for everyone based on their business activities and location.

    LLC Name Reservation

    If you choose a business name but you’re not quite ready to file the Certificate of Organization, you can reserve the name. All you need to do is file an Application of Reservation of Name and pay the $30 filing fee. Also, we can handle filing the name reservation application for you with our Name Reservation Service.

    Certificate of Good Standing

    When it comes time to open a business bank account or take out a business loan, you may need to provide a Certificate of Good Standing. This document is proof that you’re compliant with all state filing requirements and tax payments. The cost to request a Certificate of Good Standing is $25.

    Business Licenses and Permits

    Just about every business needs some combination of permits, licenses, registrations, or certificates to operate. Federal, state, and local government agencies issue their own licenses and have their own fees.

    If you’re unsure about what licenses and permits you need, use our Business License Report Service. Our partners at Avalara will create a summarized report of the licenses required for your company.

    Amendments to Organization Documents

    When certain changes occur within your LLC, you must amend your Certificate of Organization. You need to file an amendment if:

    • You designate managers of the LLC that weren’t in place at the time of formation
    • You change the managers or members authorized to sign on behalf of the LLC
    • You change any required information on the Certificate of Organization

    The amendment filing fee is $100.

    For just $0 plus state fees, we can form your Massachusetts LLC for you in just minutes. No LegalZoom promo code required: Pay just $0 plus filing fees for fast LLC formation in Massachusetts. 

  • Yes. If you file your annual report past the deadline, there’s a $25 late penalty fee. 

  • Yes. If you file your annual report past the deadline, there’s a $25 late penalty fee. 

  • The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Corporations Division receives all filing fees. 

  • The amount of filing fees you’ll pay depends on your business activities and where your company is located. However, for most companies, the largest Massachusetts LLC cost is the$520initial filing fee.

  • The Secretary’s office accepts payment via cash, check, money order, and credit card.

How do I form my LLC in Massachusetts?

1. Choose a Business Name

Prior to filing any documents, you need to select a name for your LLC and see if it’s available. If another Massachusetts company is using the name or a similar version of the name, it’s off-limits. Your LLC name must also contain one of the following phrases or abbreviations:

  • Limited liability company
  • Limited company
  • L.L.C.
  • L.C.
  • LLC
  • LC

After you find the perfect name, you may want to reserve it while you get your formation documents together. You can either apply through the Secretary’s website or let us handle this for you with our Name Reservation Service. 

2. Select a Resident Agent

Your LLC must have a resident agent (also known as a registered agent in other states). This person or entity is responsible for accepting important legal documents and correspondence on behalf of the company. You can serve as your LLC’s resident agent, but you need to be available during regular business hours. If you want help finding a good agent, we can help with our Registered Agent Service

3. File your LLC’s Certificate of Organization

Filing the Certificate of Organization is what makes your business official! Let us do this part for you with our Massachusetts LLC Formation Service. We want you to feel confident knowing the Certificate is accurately completed and properly filed with the Secretary’s office. 

Here’s the information needed to fill out the Certificate of Organization:

  • The Federal Identification Number (also known as an Employer Identification Number or EIN) if you have one
  • LLC name
  • LLC’s street address
  • General character, or purpose, of the business
  • The latest date to dissolve the LLC, if applicable
  • Resident agent’s name and business address
  • Name and business address of each manager, if any
  • Name and business address of persons authorized to execute documents filed with the Corporations Division, if any
  • Name and business address of each person with authority to sign documents for LLC for real estate transactions
  • Resident agent’s consent

You can file online, in person, by mail, or by fax to the Corporations Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Don’t forget to include the $520 filing fee!

4. Create an Operating Agreement

An LLC Operating Agreement outlines the rules and procedures for your business. Only certain states require LLCs to have an Operating Agreement, but Massachusetts isn’t one of them. Still, it’s a wise business practice to create one to save yourself time, money, and headache down the road. 

A comprehensive Operating Agreement will include information about: 

  • Splitting profits and losses
  • Voting in new members
  • Duties of members and managers
  • Dissolution events
  • Conflict resolution procedures
  • Tax treatment

We offer a customizable Massachusetts Operating Agreement template that can help you create an effective and useful document. 

5. Get an EIN 

If you want to do things like open a business bank account, hire employees, or get a business loan, you need an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is also known as a Tax ID Number. The IRS assigns and uses this unique nine-digit number to identify your LLC for tax purposes. While you can apply on the IRS’s website for one, consider our EIN Service instead. We can deal with the IRS and get you an EIN quickly. 

Check Massachusetts Annual Requirements

All Massachusetts limited liability companies have to file an annual report with the Corporations Division. This filing is an opportunity to report any changes to the information contained in the Certificate of Organization. The cost is $500 to file the annual report. 

We can help you with your reporting requirement through our Annual Report Service.

Stay Legally Compliant

As mentioned earlier, when certain information about your LLC changes, you have to amend your documents. When you purchase our Worry-Free Compliance Service, we’ll file up to two amendments per year to reflect any changes. We also send important compliance reminders so you can stay in good standing with the state. 

We can help!

We want you to feel confident going into your new business venture. So let us do some of the heavy lifting. All of our products and services are meant to help small businesses start, grow, and thrive. 

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.


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