New Mexico Incorporation Services
To start a corporation in New Mexico, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division. You can file the document by mail or in person. The Articles of Incorporation cost $100 (add $25 for the state's Initial Report fee) to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your New Mexico corporation. However, to actually ready the corporation to do business, you must complete several additional steps.
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New Mexico Articles of Incorporation Requirements
To form a New Mexico corporation, you must complete and file the Articles of Incorporation with the Business Services Division. See the document below and click on any number to see what information is required in the corresponding section.
Your name must include “Corporation,” “Company,” “Incorporated,” “Limited” or an abbreviation of one of these words. Tip: Most corporations keep it short and sweet with “Corp” or “Inc.”
Skip this section if you want your corporation to continue indefinitely. If you’d rather put a self-destruct timer on your corporation, enter how long you want it to exist. Tip: Most corporations skip this section.
Don’t worry, this isn’t as existential as it sounds. Your corporation’s purpose is your primary business activity. New Mexico requires a specific purpose, but it only needs to be a few words, such as “real estate” or “art restoration.”
List the number of shares you wish to create. If you have classes or series of shares, you’ll need to attach a schedule explaining their rights and limitations.
Your agent can be a corporation (but not your own) or an individual New Mexico resident (such as yourself). Your agent must also sign and submit a Statement of Acceptance of Appointment, which is included in the Articles of Incorporation packet. Tip: Hire Northwest as your registered agent and reap the benefits: same-day document scans, compliance tools, years of experience, and dedication to our clients.
This New Mexico street address is where your agent will be available to accept legal notifications on behalf of your corporation. Tip: When you hire Northwest, our New Mexico address will go here.
List the names and addresses of your initial directors. You must list at least one.
Your incorporator is the person who signs your Articles of Incorporation. You must have at least one incorporator, but it doesn’t have to be a director, officer, or anyone in your corporation—just someone you authorize to submit your Articles. Incorporators must include their names and addresses. Tip: We’ll be your incorporator when you hire Northwest to form your New Mexico corporation.
How much does it cost to start a New Mexico corporation?
The filing fee is $100 (add $25 for the state’s Initial Report fee) for up to 100,000 shares. Have more than 100K shares? There’s a $1 fee for each additional 1,000 shares. The filing fee maxes out at $1,000.
Hire Northwest to form your New Mexico corporation and your total, out-the-door cost is $350.
How long does it take to start a New Mexico corporation?
While the Business Services Division has added online filings for LLCs, corporations still have to file by mail or in person. A typical filing is processed in about 15 days.
If you hire Northwest to start your corporation, we typically have your expedited New Mexico corporation formed within 15 business days.
Does a New Mexico corporation need a registered agent?
Absolutely. You’re required appoint and maintain a New Mexico registered agent. Your agent can be an individual state resident or a corporation. Your corporation can’t be its own agent, but you can appoint a person in your corporation, like a director or officer. Unfortunately, it’s not a job most people want to volunteer for—agents are supposed to be available at your corporation’s registered office during regular business hours. No one particularly wants to be stuck in the office all the time.
Instead, many New Mexico corporations hire a registered agent service like Northwest. When you hire Northwest, our registered office address is listed in your Articles, and we’re there to scan and send you any legal notifications the same day. You can stay on top of your business wherever you are—whether that’s in the office or out hiking the Sandias.
Create Bylaws for Your New Mexico Corporation
Do I need bylaws?
You’ll absolutely need bylaws to organize your New Mexico corporation. What exactly are bylaws? They’re the internal policies and procedures of your business.
Why are corporate bylaws important?
Your bylaws explain the powers of each person in your corporation. For instance, how many board members are needed to vote on a resolution? How long do board members serve, and how are they replaced? How about officers? Can any director or officer sign a contract? Who has the authority to open a corporate bank account? The answers to these types of questions will have a huge impact on your business—making your bylaws the single most important internal document of your New Mexico corporation.
Do I have to write bylaws?
Starting your corporation off on the right foot is critical. That’s why we give you free corporate bylaws when you hire Northwest to form your New Mexico corporation. We also give you other free business forms and templates for everything from resolutions to meeting minutes. We’ve spent years refining and improving our docs to ensure our clients have exactly what they need. Check out the free corporate forms we provide to help corporations form and maintain their businesses.
Get Tax IDs for Your New Mexico Corporation
Do I have to get a federal tax ID number (EIN)?
Yes, corporations are required to have to a federal tax ID (also known as an EIN or FEIN). This ID is used to identify your business on federal tax filings. You may also need your EIN to open a corporate bank account or complete applications for licenses or permits.
You can fill out an application directly with the IRS for no fee. Or, pass the paperwork to us and hire Northwest to get your EIN for you. Just add on EIN service during checkout when you sign up for our New Mexico incorporation service.
Do I need a state tax ID for a New Mexico corporation?
Yes, in addition to a federal tax ID, corporations also need to obtain a state taxpayer ID before filing their Initial Report. To get an ID, register with New Mexico’s Taxation and Revenue Department.
Open a Bank Account for Your NM Corporation
To open a corporate bank account, you will need to bring the following to the bank:
- A copy of the New Mexico corporation’s Articles of Incorporation
- The New Mexico corporation’s bylaws
- The New Mexico corporation’s EIN
If your bylaws don’t specifically assign the power to open a bank account, you may also want to bring a corporate resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the business to open the account in the name of the corporation.
We recommend calling your bank ahead of time before going in and asking what their requirements are. Most banks don’t open corporate accounts nearly as frequently as personal accounts, so some bankers may be unfamiliar with their own bank’s requirements. As frustrating as that may be for you, calling ahead will help save you from being super annoyed when you walk into the bank.
Obtain a Business License
Does a New Mexico corporation need a business license?
The state itself doesn’t have a general business license. However, cities and counties often have their own licensing requirements. For instance, the two largest New Mexico counties, Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County, both require businesses to obtain an annual business license before operating within the county.
File New Mexico Corporation Reports
What is a New Mexico Initial Report?
This is a report you must file within 30 days of forming your New Mexico corporation. This report includes ownership and contact information, as well as the date of your next annual meeting. The report and $25 filing fee are submitted online through the state’s Corporations and Business Services portal.
To complete your filing, you’ll need your corporation’s state taxpayer ID number, which you can obtain by registering with New Mexico’s Taxation and Revenue Department.
Hire Northwest Registered Agent to form your New Mexico corporation, and we’ll take care of completing and filing your initial report.
What is a New Mexico Biennial Report?
Your New Mexico Biennial Report is a form you file every other year in order to confirm or update the same information you provided in your Initial Report. Like the Initial Report, the Biennial Report has a $25 filing fee. While it’s nice that you don’t have to file every year, the large gap between due dates makes it all too easy to forget about this report—and there’s a $200 penalty if you file late. If you fail to file for six months or more, the state can dissolve your corporation. Yikes.
At Northwest, we can help you avoid these late fees and penalties. When you hire us as your registered agent, we’ll send you report reminders to help you stay in compliance. Or, for $100 plus state fees, we’ll take this task off your hands and file your Biennial Report for you.
How much does a corporation in New Mexico cost each year?
At least $50. This is the cost of the annual corporate franchise tax. Every other year, you’ll also shell out $25 to file your New Mexico Biennial Report.
Pay Corporate Taxes
What are the taxes for a New Mexico corporation?
The New Mexico corporate net income tax rates are:
4.8%: under $500,000
5.9%: over $500,000
New Mexico corporations (including S corporations) are also subject to the state’s franchise tax, which is a flat $50 each year.
The state sales tax rate is 5.125%, but local areas can add on additional sales taxes, making the average total rate just over 7%. To get an idea of what customers are paying at the counter, below are the total sales tax rates for New Mexico’s 5 largest cities:
Las Cruces: 8.3125%
Rio Rancho: 7.4375%
Santa Fe: 8.4375%