Massachusetts Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Massachusetts LLC.

Preparing and filing your articles of organization is the first step in starting your limited liability company (LLC). Approval of this document secures your business name and creates the legal entity of the LLC. Only after this approval can you obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN), open a bank account, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of the members (owners) and managers
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Adds credibility

Fast Facts

Agency:Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Form:

Certificate of Registration

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, in-person, or online

Agency Fee:

$500 + optional $25 expedite fee

Turnaround:

~2-3 business days by mail (plus mail time). ~1-2 business days by fax with $25 expedite fee.

Law:

Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L.) - Part I: Administration of the Government - Title XXII: Corporations - Chapter 156C: Limited liability Company Act

Notes:

Massachusetts permits Professional LLCs which have separate formation requirements.

Fact Checked:6/13/17
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