Watertown, MA asked in Tax Law and Business Formation for Massachusetts

Q: Where should I register the company in terms of taxes?


I live in Boston, and I'm about to start a consulting firm, an LLC. My first customer is in Norway. Should I form an LLC in MA or in Delaware? since my business is purely international.

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Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth
  • Salem, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: You should register it in MA as you are a MA resident. There is no tax advantage in being a DE LLC if you are the sole member of the LLC and reside in MA. Moreover, if you have a dispute and want to engage the MA courts, you will have to register the DE LLC in MA to do so and the cost will wind-up being the same. If you are forming a LLC in MA, I recommend you use an attorney and not an online service. The cost difference will not be more than $150-200 and it will be done correctly. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to fix problems created by online registration companies.

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