How to Register Your Business in Massachusetts

Is your company hiring an employee in Massachusetts, but based in another state? Learn how to register your business in just a few simple steps.

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From Plymouth to Boston Harbor, Massachusetts is steeped in American history. While the Massachusettsans of times past could be found celebrating the first-ever Thanksgiving or hurling tea into the sea, these days The Bay State is better known for its beloved sports franchises (Go Sox!) and delicious clam chowder. So whether your new employee lives in the Berkshires or Gloucester, chances are they won’t want to leave Massachusetts. Fortunately, in this era of remote work, collaborating across state lines is easy.

Bringing on a new employee can be exciting, but there’s often a lot to do as well. You want to onboard your new hire as quickly and smoothly as possible to ensure their success at your organization. But before you get started with onboarding, you’ll need to register your company with the state of Massachusetts.

Register your business in Massachusetts in three easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an account online with the MassTaxConnect so that you can register with the Department of Revenue.
  2. Under “Quick Links,” you’ll find “Register a new taxpayer.” After selecting that, choose “Register a business” and complete the online registration process.
  3. Next, you’ll need to register with the Department of Unemployment Assistance, by completing the online registration form.

Once you’ve received your account numbers from the Department of Unemployment Assistance and the Department of Revenue, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes online. Remember, in Massachusetts, you are generally liable for unemployment taxes if you have one or more employees working on one or more days in each of 13 weeks during a calendar year, or if you pay wages of $1,500 or more in any calendar quarter.

You should receive your account numbers immediately after completing registration. If you need additional assistance, the Department of Unemployment Assistance has a helpful online registration guide. MassTaxConnect also has a useful FAQ section.


Interested in expanding your team outside of the US as well? Pilot specializes in managing international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, in one secure platform. Our team of HR and payroll experts is happy to guide you through any questions ✨

To learn more about Pilot, request a demo with one of our experts.


⚖️ Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


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