How to Start a Nonprofit in New Hampshire
To incorporate a nonprofit in New Hampshire, file nonprofit Articles of Agreement with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. This filing officially creates your new nonprofit, but it still just one step toward achieving your organization’s goals. The complete steps to forming a New Hampshire nonprofit corporation are as follows:
1. Name your nonprofit
2. Gather your team
3. File nonprofit Articles of Agreement
4. Get a Federal EIN Tax ID from the IRS
5. Hold your organizational meeting and adopt bylaws
6. Apply for federal and/or state tax-exemptions
7. Register as a charity
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How To File New Hampshire Nonprofit Articles Of AgreementTo form a New Hampshire nonprofit, file Articles of Agreement using the following steps:
How Much Does It Cost To Incorporate A New Hampshire Nonprofit?
New Hampshire charges a $25 fee to file nonprofit Articles of Agreement. Hire Northwest to form your nonprofit, and the total cost, which includes a full year of registered agent service, is $250 for 2-day online filing.Get Started
How Much Does A New Hampshire Nonprofit Cost Each Year?
If your New Hampshire nonprofit is a charity, you will pay an a $25 fee each year to renew your registration with the NH Attorney General.Get Started
Will My New Hampshire Nonprofit Submit An Annual Report?
New Hampshire doesn’t require nonprofits to submit annual reports; rather, you’ll submit a compliance report to the NH Secretary of State every five years that updates or confirms your nonprofit’s information with the state.
The report comes with a $25 fee, and you can submit online yourself at New Hampshire’s QuickStart portal. Or you can add our convenient New Hampshire Business Compliance service for an additional fee when you hire Northwest.
Is A New Hampshire Registered Agent Required?
Yes, New Hampshire requires nonprofits to get a New Hampshire registered agent. You can do the job yourself, but just keep in mind that a registered agent must maintain a publicly-listed location in New Hampshire and be available at that location to receive services of process (legal notices) during normal business hours. If you can’t trust yourself or someone you know to keep that commitment, and if you’d rather not deal with the fallout of listing your own residential or office address on a public form, it’s likely better to hire a registered agent service like Northwest.Get Started
Will My New Hampshire Nonprofit Be Tax-Exempt?
Nonprofit corporations are not automatically tax-exempt, but if you formed your organization in the right way and for the right reasons (where “right” gets defined by the IRS!), and if you’re willing to endure a lengthy, expensive application process, seeking federal tax-exempt status could benefit your nonprofit’s future success.
To apply, you’ll need to submit an Application for Recognition of Exemption to the IRS (either Form 1023-EZ, 1023, or 1024). Most nonprofits seek 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for public charities and private foundations. If your nonprofit intends to go this route, it’s important to plan in advance. Your Articles of Agreement should include a statement of purpose and dissolution of assets provision that use specific tax-exempt language required by the IRS.
If your nonprofit manages to obtain 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status, it will be exempt from the New Hampshire corporate income tax (also called the “business profits tax” in New Hampshire). Currently, New Hampshire doesn’t have a state sales tax. Learn more at Northwest’s guide to New Hampshire tax exemptions.
Do I Need A Tax ID Number (EIN) For A New Hampshire Nonprofit?
Your nonprofit’s federal employer identification number (FEIN or EIN) is a lot like an individual’s social security number. Without one, it’s hard to establish your nonprofit’s legitimacy in the eyes of banks, vendors, and donors, not to mention that you’ll need an EIN to apply for federal tax-exempt status with the IRS.
After the New Hampshire State Department processes your Articles of Agreement, you can apply for an EIN on the IRS website, by fax, or by phone. Or you can sign up for our EIN service for an additional fee when you hire Northwest.
Does A New Hampshire Nonprofit Need A Business License?
New Hampshire doesn’t issue a general, statewide business license, but some cities and counties have licensing requirements and permits of their own. Contact your local city clerk’s office to find out which (if any) of your nonprofit’s activities require a license.
Should My New Hampshire Nonprofit Register As A Charity?
If your nonprofit has or will apply for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, or if it will solicit or distribute charitable funds in New Hampshire (basically, if it functions at all like a charity), it will need to register as a New Hampshire charity with the Office of the Attorney General. To register, submit an Application for Registration (form NHCT-1) to the Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit.
There is a $25 fee to register, and you’ll need to pay $25 to file an annual report with the Charitable Trusts Unit each year.
Will My Nonprofit Have To Pay A Local Recording Fee?
Yes. Apart from the $25 filing fee collected by the New Hampshire Secretary of State, your nonprofit will pay an additional $5 recording fee to file a copy of your Articles of Agreement with your city clerk’s office.
Can I Register An Out Of State Nonprofit In New Hampshire?
Absolutely. To expand your out of state nonprofit (also called a “foreign nonprofit”) to New Hampshire, register with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. Learn more at Northwest’s guide to New Hampshire foreign nonprofits.
New Hampshire Nonprofit Articles Of Agreement Requirements
Your nonprofit’s name can’t state or suggest a purpose other than those allowed by New Hampshire law or identified in your nonprofit’s Articles of Agreement. The name must also be distinguishable from other business entities on record with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.
Principal Purpose (or NAICS Code)
New Hampshire requires a description of your nonprofit’s purpose, and the online form includes adding an NAICS Code (a code that identifies your nonprofit’s purpose from a list of business purposes) as part of the application. Keep in mind, however, that if your nonprofit intends to seek 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, your article’s statement of purpose should include the specific tax-exempt language required by the IRS.
Membership & Participation
If your nonprofit will have members, provide a description of its provisions for establishing membership and participating in your nonprofit corporation.
Disposition of Assets
Describe how your nonprofit will distribute its assets if and when it shuts down (or “dissolves”). If your nonprofit intends to seek 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, your dissolution of assets provision should include the tax-exempt language required by the IRS permanently dedicating your nonprofit’s income and assets to one or more exempt purposes.
Principal Office Information
Include a New Hampshire street address (and mailing address if different) for your nonprofit’s principal place of business. When you hire Northwest, you can list the address of our New Hampshire office in place of yours.
Capital Stock, Shares, or Certificates
If your New Hampshire nonprofit will issue stock, shares, or membership certificates, indicate this in your articles, and include your nonprofit’s provisions for retiring, re-acquiring, or redeeming those shares or certificates. (Note that 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charities will not issue stock, shares, or membership certificates.)
Provision of Personal Liability
If your nonprofit intends to limit or eliminate the personal liabilities of officers and directors to your nonprofit corporation, explain the details of that provision here.
If you’re filing online, you can upload additional documents or add attachments if filing by mail. Nonprofits seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status should make sure to include each of the 501(c)(3) provisions required by the IRS.
Include the signature and post office address of each person associating together to form your nonprofit (a minimum of five individuals age 18 or older).