Last updated May 30, 2020
Tax Registration & Requirements
How to form an LLC in Massachusetts
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $500 by mail or $520 online (one-time fee)
Annual report: $500 by mail or $520 online (every year)
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Note: Our tax lesson is not as step-by-step as our LLC formation lessons, due to the uniqueness and variation among businesses. Taxes are usually not as straightforward as forming an LLC in Massachusetts, and therefore, the information below is an overview, and not a comprehensive guide.
You will likely need to hire a tax professional to make sure you meet all your Massachusetts state and local tax obligations. We recommend using Thumbtack.
Do it yourself in Massachusetts
Overview of Massachusetts Taxes
Online Registration for Business Taxes
Depending on your industry, where your business is located, how you are taxed by the IRS, and whether or not you have employees, will determine which additional taxes and forms are due.
Some examples of other taxes and forms due are:
- Sales and use tax
- Limited liability entity tax
- Employer’s withholding tax
- Partnership and LLC tax
- Transient room tax
- Motor vehicle tax
- Consumer’s use tax
- Telecommunications tax
- Utility gross receipts license tax
- Tobacco tax
- Property tax
- Alcohol tax
- Fuel tax
- Local taxes
- And more
You can also contact the Massachusetts Department of Revenue directly for more information on the different taxes your LLC might have to pay:
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Calculating your tax obligations in Massachusetts can be complicated and if done improperly can negatively impact your LLC.
Hiring a tax professional will not only help you keep your Massachusetts LLC in compliance, but it will also give you an advisor to go to for other business questions.
You’ll want someone who’s a good fit for your company, makes you feel comfortable, and is willing to answer all of your questions. It should be someone you like personally as well as professionally. We recommend talking with at least 2-3 people before making your final decision.