Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Massachusetts

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At CorpNet our mission is to help you start your business and help you keep it in compliance. To assist you in your entrepreneurial journey, we’ve collected answers to the most frequently asked questions small business owners have about starting and maintaining a business in the state of Massachusetts.

Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop solution for all of your business, payroll tax registrations, and compliance filings. And if we can help you along the way, our team of entity filings and compliance experts is just a call away.

Quick Facts for Starting a Massachusetts Business

Expedited Services Available: Yes
New Business Publishing Required: No
Private Registration Available: No

Registered Agent Required: Yes
Annual Report Required: Yes
Franchise Tax Required: Yes (9.5%+)

State Sales Tax: 6.25%
State Income Tax: 8%
Unemployment Insurance: .56%-8.62%

DBAs do not require a registered agent.

Massachusetts Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Fees Applicable Form
Limited Partnership (LP) $200 Limited Partnership Certificate
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $500 Certificate of Registration
Professional LLP $500 Certificate of Registration
Limited Liability Company (LLC) $500 Certificate of Organization
Professional LLC $500 Certificate of Organization
Foreign Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $500 Certificate of Registration
Corporation $250+ Articles of Organization
Professional Corporation $250+ Articles of Organization
Nonprofit Corporation $35 Articles of Organization
Foreign Limited Partnership (LP) $200 Application for Registration
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) $500 Application for Registration
Foreign Professional LLC $500 Application for Registration
Foreign Corporation $400 Certificate of Registration
Foreign Professional Corporation $400 Certificate of Registration
Foreign Nonprofit Corporation $400 Certificate of Registration

Not Sure Which Type of Business You Need?

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Key Massachusetts Government Resources

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Massachusetts Department of Revenue
100 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02114

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Need a Small Business Compliance Checklist?

Business compliance can slip through the cracks! As your existing business evolves, you are required to file notify the state of any changes. Many business owners lose sight of these requirements and fail to realize they haven’t met compliance requirements.

Use our compliance checklist to determine which business filings you need to perform to manage this year’s activities and changes.

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