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How do I maintain an LLC in Massachusetts?

How do I maintain my Massachusetts LLC? | BetterLegal


What's the next step after registering my business in Massachusetts?

After successfully setting up your business in Massachusetts, you need to make sure that you keep your LLC in good standing with the state. This way, you will be able to transact with third parties smoothly, especially with your vendors and clients.

A good standing status shows that your company is compliant with the state requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, payment of annual fees and updating of your company information with the state.

Additionally, certain other formalities are required by the state, like appointing a registered agent for service of process and maintaining a registered office in Massachusetts.

If you do not have a physical address in the state where you registered your LLC, check out BetterLegal's Registered Agent Service. Through BetterLegal's Registered Agent service, you will receive scanned copies of your important mails and you may also request for physical copies to be mailed to your address for a minimal administrative fee. Subscribe to our service now!

Why is it important to Maintain my LLC in Massachusetts?

Third parties are able to obtain your good standing status by submitting a request to the Secretary of State in Massachusetts. If a third party you are transacting with finds out that your company is in bad standing with the state, it may cause unnecessary delays and issues in your business transactions.

Also, failure to comply with state requirements may result to forfeiture, dissolution, or involuntary termination of your LLC.

This is why you should be on top of Massachusetts's periodic requirements for Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) like yours. Maintain your LLC to avoid any issues and delays in your transactions.

If you need help in maintaining your LLC in Massachusetts, check out BetterLegal's State Compliance package. We will make sure that your company complies with the state requirements to keep your company in good standing. Subscribe to our State Compliance Service Now!

The Basics of Maintaining Your LLC

There are different administrative tasks that make up the maintenance of an LLC in Massachusetts, but can be grouped into categories:

  1. Annual Report: Required filing in Massachusetts to keep your LLC in good standing
  2. Certificate of Organization: Updating of your LLC information in Massachusetts
  3. Operating Agreement: Legal document outlining the internal rules and procedures of a Limited Liability Company
  4. Licenses and Permits: Documentary requirements for these in Massachusetts vary depending on the nature of business
  5. DBAs: Registration of other names a business may go by other than its official name
  6. Taxes: Money owed to the government for revenues and earnings

Filing your Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report

If you are planning to file your Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report, BetterLegal has prepared an easy to follow step-by-step guide for you below. We have also included pertinent information that you need to remember when filing.

When is the due date for my Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report?

File your Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report on the LLC's anniversary date . You need to file it with the state every year. The Annual Report may be submitted at any time before the anniversary date.

How much do I need to pay for my Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report?

Prepare $520 if submitted online or $500 if submitted by mail. to pay for your Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report.

What information are needed when filing my Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report?

When filing your LLC's Annual Report, make sure to provide Customer ID Number and PIN, which may be requested directly from the state. Additionally, provide your LLC's EIN and any of its updated information, except for LLC name change.

How do I submit my Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report?

You may submit your Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report online or by mail.

(1) File online using this link: https://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corp/loginsystem/login_form.asp?FilingMethod=I.

(2) By Mail
a. Fill out this form: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cor/corpdf/c156c512cdllcannual.pdf
b. Issue a $500 check payable to “Commonwealth of Massachusetts”.
c. Mail the form and payment to:
Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1717
Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1512

What is the turnaround time for my Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report?

Your payment or filing submission will reflect on the state's records within twenty four (24) to forty-eight (48) hours from the time of filing.

What should I do if I miss my Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report's due date?

Late submission of Annual Report in Massachusetts is not allowed. Fees to be paid will include reinstatement fee. You may file your late submission .

I missed my Massachusetts LLC's Annual Report's grace period for late submission, what should I do?

If you also missed the state's grace period for the filing of Annual Report, file for your LLC's reinstatement.

Certificate of Organization

If you want to update your company information but it is too early to file for your LLC's Annual Report or maybe you have already filed your LLC's Annual Report, but forgot to update your information, you may still do so by filing an amendment with the state.

BetterLegal may also assist you in filing these amendments. Check out the links below:

- Massachusetts LLC Change Registered Agent
- Massachusetts LLC Statement of Change Resident Office Address by Resident Agent
- Massachusetts LLC Certificate Of Cancellation
- Massachusetts LLC Name Change
- Massachusetts LLC Change Business Address
- Massachusetts LLC Change Manager's Information

Operating Agreement

The operating agreement outlines your LLC's internal rules and regulations. Some events, such as change in ownership, may require you to update your operating agreement. BetterLegal may also assist you with this.

Licenses and Permits

Licenses and Permits requirement may vary in each state and depending on the nature of your business. These licenses and permits ensure that companies within specific industries are abiding by its rules and regulations. If you need assistance in obtaining the licenses and permits required for your LLC, you may check out BetterLegal's Permit and License Search service.

DBAs and Fictitious Names

A DBA (Doing Business As) or a Fictitious Name is an alternative name or nickname under which a business can operate. This allows a business to conduct business under a name other than its legal name. For example, an LLC named "ABC Tile LLC" might file for a DBA and conduct business under the name "Massachusetts Tile".

A DBA or Fictitious name is not a separate legal entity, it is a name that the business can use for its transactions and it does not change the legal structure or the ownership of the business.

If you need help in registering a DBA for your LLC, reach out to us via chat or call to confirm if we can assist with your filing.


The type of taxes that each state requires vary. Meanwhile, all LLCs are subject to Federal Taxes due to the IRS and are reported through the LLC’s EIN. For the filing of your taxes, it is best to consult your accountant.

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