Tax Incentive

Program Overview

The Tax Incentive program is open to companies engaged in life sciences research and development, commercialization and manufacturing in Massachusetts. The program provides incentives to companies, of all sizes, looking to expand their efforts by creating new, long-term jobs in Massachusetts.

For interested companies, the MLSC offers info sessions on eligibility requirements, various tax incentives available, compliance and reporting requirements, application process overview and timeline for awards. Please view info session details below for more information on dates, times, and locations.

The application period will run from Dec. 4, 2023 to Feb. 2, 2024 at 12 p.m. EST.

Eligibility & Evaluation

  • Companies must be registered to do business in Massachusetts.
  • Companies must employ at least 10 permanent Massachusetts FTEs (35 hours/week) as of Dec. 31, 2023 
  • Companies must commit to hiring at least 10 net new jobs in calendar year 2024 in Massachusetts and commit to retaining those jobs through Dec. 31, 2028.

Interested applicants are required to submit an online application. This is a one-step application process that includes all the information necessary for the applicant company to be certified under the Life Sciences Act. Please see sections 5 and 6 of the Solicitation for more information regarding the application process and further details on the eligibility requirements.

Companies that receive a tax incentive award are required to provide Annual Reports to monitor the progress of the hiring and retention against the commitment levels, which were the basis of the award provided. Companies not in compliance with their hiring commitments will be decertified. Decertified companies must return tax incentives to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Please see Policies section below for the program policies regarding reporting, acquisitions, divestiture, and termination of incentives.



Sample Application

Sample Agreement

Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Revenue Tax Information Release on Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program

Department of Revenue Tax Information Release on calculation and recapture of Certain Life Science Tax Incentives

Life Sciences Jobs Incentive Refundable Credit



Impact on the Ecosystem

To ensure the Massachusetts’ ecosystem stays the hotbed for life sciences activity, we will continue to make investments through our Tax Incentive program to 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.

To date, the Tax Incentive program has resulted in combined net new hire commitments or actual new hires more than 10,000 jobs among active and completed awards. After fourteen rounds of the program, 399 awards totaling more than $309 million has supported life sciences companies of all sizes, sectors and geographic distribution across Massachusetts. 

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