Massachusetts Articles of Incorporation
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What Are Massachusetts Articles of Incorporation?
Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.
Incorporating provides many important benefits:
- Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
- Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
- Provides governance and adds credibility
For Domestic Corporations:
|Agency:||Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth - Corporations Division|
Mail, fax, in-person, or online.
$275 for up to 275,000 shares + $100 for each additional 100,000 shares or any fraction thereof
~2-3 business days by mail (plus mail time). ~1-3 business days by fax with $25 expedite fee.
For Domestic Professional Corporations:
Other Helpful Massachusetts Facts
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Massachusetts.
- Number: At least three required.
- Qualifications: Must be a shareholder, unless otherwise in bylaws.
- Quorum: Statute is silent.
- Clerk, Treasurer, and President required.
- Required: Yes.
Massachusetts Annual Shareholder Meeting
- Required: Yes.
- Action by written consent: Statute is silent.
- Qualifications: N/A
- Stock Certificate: Not required.
- Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.
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