What is the penalty for failing to file a business certificate?
The requirement to file a business certificate is a State Law (Massachusetts Government Law Chapter 110, §5). Failure to do so is punishable by a fine of up to $300 per month of violation.

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1. What is a business certificate?
2. Who must file a business certificate?
3. Who is not required or exempt from filing?
4. Are there any special requirements for a home-based business?
5. How do I file or renew a business certificate?
6. What do I do if I discontinue or withdraw from the business, or move to another location?
7. What is the penalty for failing to file a business certificate?
8. Are business certificates public documents?
9. Does the filing of a business certificate protect me from others using the same name?