Massachusetts LLC

How to Form an LLC in Massachusetts

How to Form an LLC in MassachusettsA Massachusetts Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Massachusetts is simple. Search your Massachusetts LLC name in the state database and select your Resident Agent.

File your Certificate of Organization with the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth and wait for your LLC to be approved.

You can file your LLC by mail or you can file it online. If you file by mail, the fee is $500. If you file online, the fee is $520. In both cases, the approval time is 24 to 36 hours.

After your Massachusetts LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get your Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN) from the IRS.

In order to keep your Massachusetts LLC in compliance, you must also file an LLC Annual Report each year. The fee is $500 if you file by mail, and $520 if you file online.

We’ve created a free course that will walk you through forming your own Massachusetts LLC, step-by-step.

On desktop, the lessons are listed on your right. On mobile, the lessons are listed at the bottom of the page.

Need to save time? Have a professional LLC service file for you:
IncFile ($49 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
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  1. chris seaver December 30, 2017

    I live in MA
    Planning to purchase a condo that I’ll use sometimes and rent out other times.. in FL.
    Have a still active building construction business in MA with an LLC name that got involuntarily dissolved ~5 years ago due to forgetting to pay the annual fees..
    I also purchased a rental property ~ 7 years ago in MA using that now dissolved LLC name..which I still own..

    Question is:
    Should I, can I ?, re-instate the MA LLC, (needing to pay 2500+ ? of back annual fees.. and purchase the FL condo with that name, or should I form form a new LLC in FL to purchase the FL. Condo… and let the MA LLC remain dissolved until such time as I decide to sell the MA Property? At which time I’d have to re-activate it for the transaction..

    Or should I do something entirely different.?

    Thank you

    • Matt Horwitz January 2, 2018

      Hey Chris, since you’ll technically be doing business in Florida with the new rental, it’s best to form the LLC in Florida and then purchase the condo with the Florida LLC. When you do decide to reinstate your Massachusetts LLC, you’ll need to file all outstanding Annual Reports as well as the “Application for Reinstatement Following Administrative Dissolution” (link). Sorry that Massachusetts is so expensive man. On a positive note, the Florida filing fees are much cheaper than Massachusetts ($125 vs. $500), as well as their Annual Report ($139 vs. $500). Hope that helps!

  2. ashwini March 14, 2018

    Hi Mat,

    Thanks so much for the very useful resource. I want to change the address for my LLC that i just formed in MA. Can you please let me know the process?



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