Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for Massachusetts incorporation.
The name of the corporation must contain the word "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. A period must be used at the end of any abbreviation. Symbols cannot be used in a company name. The corporation may assume any name indicating it is incorporated. The name may not be the same as the name or trade name of a Massachusetts corporation, foreign corporation, firm, association, person carrying on business in Massachusetts, or name under reservation. It also may not be so similar as to be mistaken for another name unless given the written consent of the existing corporation, firm, association or person. The words "United States," "U.S." or "Veteran" imply an association with the government and cannot be used.
The following are the Massachusetts requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in Massachusetts is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. The Massachusetts requirements include:
Massachusetts allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).
After forming a corporation, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability a corporation provides its owners. This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Massachusetts corporations.
Massachusetts corporations must keep complete corporate records at the principal office.
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Massachusetts corporations:
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Massachusetts recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.
The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.
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