Angel Tax Incentive Credit

Please note that this Program will launch as soon as the proposed regulations at 830 CMR 62.6.5 are final. If you wish to comment on the draft regulations or participate in a public hearing on July 8, 2020, please refer to this link for details.

Program Overview

The Angel Tax Incentive Credit program is offered to investors interested in funding early-stage companies engaged in life sciences research and development, commercialization and manufacturing in Massachusetts.  The program provides a taxpayer investor a credit of 20% of the qualifying investment, or 30% if the business is located in a gateway municipality, in a business that has no more than $500,000 in gross revenues in the year prior to eligibility. Credits are available up to $50,000 in any one taxable year for qualifying investments of up to $125,000 per qualifying business per year and up to $250,000 in cumulative qualifying investments for each qualifying business.

Eligibility & Evaluation

  • Taxpayer Investors must be “accredited” as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may not be a principal owner of the business or involved in a full-time professional capacity.
  • Qualifying business must be registered to do business in Massachusetts, have 20 or fewer full-time employees at the time of the investment, and have $500,000 or less in gross revenues in the year prior to eligibility.
  • A qualifying investment is a monetary investment that is at risk and is not secured or guaranteed.

Interested applicants will be required to submit an online application. This is a two-step application process that includes information from the taxpayer investor and the qualifying business to meet the requirements for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to make an award. Please see sections 4 and 6 of the Solicitation for more information regarding the application process and further details on the eligibility requirements.

Taxpayer investors that receive a tax credit award and the qualifying business in which they have invested are required to provide Annual Reports to monitor compliance.

Resources

Solicitation

Sample Taxpayer Application

Sample Business Application

Impact on the Ecosystem

To ensure the Massachusetts’ ecosystem remains favorable for investors, we are proud to offer this new Angel Tax Incentive Credit to encourage investment throughout the Commonwealth and in our gateway municipalities. We are confident that such investments will create jobs, build a robust workforce, and propel the development of new therapies, devices, and scientific advancements that are improving patient health and well-being.

Connect with us to Learn More

If you have any questions regarding the application process, e-mail: AngelTax@masslifesciences.com.