Massachusetts LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 23, 2022

LLCs formed in Massachusetts need to file this report with the Massachusetts Secretary of State each and every year. i.e., annually. Read about how to file this report.

File report online

Visit the official state government’s website to submit annual report online.

Visit Massachusetts official website
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What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Why file the report?

Massachusetts LLC Annual Report

An annual report is used to keep an LLC’s contact information up-to-date and to track the payment of your LLC state taxes.

Filed every year

Each and every LLCs formed in Massachusetts must file this report every year.

Update your business information

The annual report is primarily used to update business data such as the general character of the business, names and addresses of the registered agent, and also the LLC officials (i.e., members, managers, directors, or officers).

File online or via mail

Annual report can be filed either online or by mail.

Change in Business name and Address

You can also change your business name and/or street address by updating it on the annual report when it is due.

Massachusetts actions

Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Massachusetts:

How to file Annual Report in Massachusetts?

Follow these steps:

1. Visit official website

Every Massachusetts LLC is required to file an annual report each year. Your Massachusetts LLC Annual Report is due annually every year before your anniversary date.



Head over to Massachusetts's official website to file this report.

Filing fee


The Annual report must be postmarked, complete and compliant, before your anniversary date to avoid late fees.

LLC Annual Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Massachusetts to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Annual Report

Massachusetts LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth website


  • Mail a form to Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth website



Secretary of the Commonwealth

One Ashburton Place, Room 1717

Boston, MA 02108-1512

Online fee


Online processing time


Mailing fee


Mailing processing time

1-3 days

Failure to pay

Any annual report received after the due date will cause your LLC to become delinquent.


The annual report is due by your formation or foreign qualification anniversary date. So if you formed on February 16th, then your annual report is due by February 16th.

Certificate of Organization

In Massachusetts, Certificate of Organization is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.

Filing Certificate of Organization

There are a couple of ways to file

  • File it online on Commonwealth of Massachusetts website


  • Mail a form to the state department



Secretary of the Commonwealth

One Ashburton Place, Room 1717

Boston, MA 02108

Online fee


Online processing time

4 hours

Mailing fee


Mail processing time

4 - 5 hours

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Massachusetts. Massachusetts maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Massachusetts business entity search tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Massachusetts corporations division. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

60 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

  • Massachusetts General Laws (sect156C.3)


Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Shall contain the words ''limited liability company'', ''limited company'', or the abbreviation ''L.L.C.'', ''L.C.'', ''LLC'' or ''LC''.

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

Frequently asked questions

LLC Annual Report in Massachusetts

It is very important to maintain full compliance in Massachusetts. Filing these reports helps you protect your personal assets by maintaining limited liability and also to be in good standing with the state. Read our guides to learn how to start and manage a business in Massachusetts.

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