Request a Certificate of Good Standing-Tax Compliance or a Corporate Tax Lien Waiver

Learn how to request proof you're in good tax standing with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

DOR Contact

Phone

Certificate of Good Standing and or a Waiver of Corporate Tax Lien (617) 887-6400

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

The Details

What you need

  • Your Social Security number or Employee Identification Number (EIN)
  • If you're selling your business, a legal description of assets to be sold

There is no fee to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing-Tax Compliance or a Corporate Tax Lien Waiver.

Why file for a Certificate of Good Standing-Tax Compliance or a Corporate Tax Lien Waiver?

Individuals, corporations, and other organizations often need proof they've filed their tax returns and paid tax bills in order to:

  • Obtain financing
  • Renew a liquor or professional license 
  • Enter into a business transaction
  • Get a job 
  • Sell a business (Corporate Tax Lien Waiver).

If requested with MassTaxConnect, authorized practitioners can obtain a Certificate within a day or two.

Before making a request, practitioners should have:

  • The entity's identification number and
  • A list of tax types filed with the Department of Revenue (DOR). 

How to request

Apply online with MassTaxConnect:

File a Request for a Certificate of Good Standing and/or Waiver of Corporate Tax Lien.

Processing of a paper application can take 4 to 6 weeks. We strongly recommend filing your request online if that option is available to you. 

More info

Once you've submitted your request, a search will be made to identify any:

  • returns you need to file, or
  • bills you need to pay.

You will receive an email letting you know the results of this search and what you need to do.

Fully compliant taxpayers will be able to:

  • print a Certificate, or
  • request a mailed copy to the address of record.

If you need to pay a bill, you'll be given an opportunity to pay via electronic funds withdrawal or credit card. You can file and pay most non-filed tax returns with MassTaxConnect

Please be aware that you have to wait at least 24 hours to reapply for a Certificate of Good Standing if you:

  • pay a bill through electronic funds withdrawal, 
  • pay a bill by credit card, or
  • file returns online.

You can also request a Professional License Renewal Certificate using MassTaxConnect by selecting:

  • the Individual tab on MassTaxConnect, then 
  • certificate of Good Standing under Individuals, then
  • Professional License Renewal Certificate.

Contact

Address

Massachusetts Department of Revenue
100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

Phone

Certificate of Good Standing and or a Waiver of Corporate Tax Lien (617) 887-6400

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Fax

Certificate of Good Standing and or a Waiver of Corporate Tax Lien (617) 660-3611

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