New Hampshire Incorporation Services
To start a corporation in New Hampshire, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Corporation Division. You can file the document online or by mail. The Articles of Incorporation cost $100 to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your New Hampshire corporation. However, to actually ready the corporation to do business, you must complete several additional steps.
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NH Articles of Incorporation Requirements
To form a New Hampshire corporation, you must complete and file the Articles of Incorporation with the Corporation 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,” “Incorporated,” “Limited” or an abbreviation of one of these words. Tip: Most corporations keep it simple with “Corp” or “Inc.”
This section requests your principal office address, business phone and business email. Note that this information is optional and that all the information in your Articles of Incorporation becomes part of the public record. Tip: If you skip this section, the state will use your registered agent’s address as your principal office.
List the number of shares you wish to create. You must create at least one share. Tip: You can distribute some or all of these shares later on at your organizational meeting.
You can list an individual New Hampshire resident (such as yourself) or a business (such as Northwest). Tip: We’re fans of Northwest.
This New Hampshire street address is where your agent will be available to accept legal notifications. Tip: Hire Northwest and our New Hampshire office address will go here.
Your corporation’s “purpose” is your primary business activity (for example, “real estate” or “janitorial services”). You can also list the NAICS code for your business. These are six-digit codes that describe pretty much any business activity you can think of.
Benefit corporations are businesses that create general public benefit. These corporations are subject to additional regulations. If you’re creating a benefit corporation, you must declare this in your Articles and include your fiscal year end date. Tip: Most corporations are not benefit corporations.
Your incorporator is the person who signs your Articles of Incorporation. This can be someone in your corporation, such as a director or officer, or it can be another person you authorize to submit your Articles. Your incorporator must include their name and address. Tip: We’ll be your incorporator when you hire Northwest to form your New Hampshire corporation.
How much does it cost to start a New Hampshire corporation?
New Hampshire’s Corporation Division charges $100 to submit Articles of Incorporation. If you file online with New Hampshire QuickStart, you’ll also pay a $2 convenience fee.
Hire Northwest to form your New Hampshire corporation and your total out-the-door cost is $327. This includes state filing fees, a full year of registered agent service, and all the forms you need to open a corporate bank account.
How long does it take to start a New Hampshire corporation?
File online using the New Hampshire QuickStart portal and get your approval in a day or two. File your Articles with a paper form and you’ll have 1-3 weeks to kill—plenty of time to hit up the lake or maybe hike a section of the Appalachian Trail.
If you hire Northwest to start your corporation, we file online and typically have your New Hampshire corporation formed within 2 business days.
Does a New Hampshire corporation need a registered agent?
Absolutely. You must list your New Hampshire registered agent and their office in your Articles of Incorporation. Your agent can be a business (but not your own) or an individual New Hampshire resident. You can even be your own registered agent—although that’s not always the wisest decision. You would have to be regularly available at the office listed in your Articles, and being tied to the desk can make it tough to run your business. Your registered office address also becomes part of the public record, meaning it’s accessible to everyone—including data-sellers and busybodies.
A better option? Leave the worry and hurry to us. Our New Hampshire office address will go in your Articles, and we’ll be ready and waiting to scan and send you any legal notifications the same day—so you’re free to run your business, whether you’re at the office or the top of Mount Washington.
Create Bylaws for Your New Hampshire Corporation
Do I need bylaws?
Yes, your New Hampshire corporation needs bylaws. Bylaws are crucial for organizing your corporation and getting it truly operational.
Why are corporate bylaws important?
After the state approves your Articles of Incorporation, you still have a lot of decisions to make for your corporation. Corporations have directors, officers, and shareholders—so what is the scope of each position’s power? Can the treasurer go open a corporate bank account? Do all board members have to be present to vote on a resolution? How long do board members serve, and how are they replaced? How about officers? Who can sign a contract with a vendor? How about a new partner? These are all questions you can answer in your corporation’s bylaws.
Do I have to write bylaws?
Not from scratch. We’re here to help. When you hire Northwest to form your New Hampshire corporation, we give you free corporate bylaws. We give you other free corporate forms as well, from resolutions to meeting minute templates. We want to work with your business for years to come, so it’s important for us that you start off on the right foot. Check out the free corporate forms we provide to help corporations form and maintain their businesses.
Get an EIN for Your New Hampshire Corporation
Do I have to get a tax ID number (EIN)?
Yes, your New Hampshire corporation is required to get an EIN for federal tax filings. Your EIN will also come in handy for plenty of other forms and filings. You’ll typically need your EIN to open a corporate bank account and register for licenses and permits. In some cases, you can use your personal social security number instead, but why put your personal info at risk when you’re already required to have an EIN?
You can apply for an EIN directly from the IRS at no cost. Prefer to leave the paperwork to us? Hire Northwest to get your EIN for you—just add on EIN service during checkout when you sign up for our New Hampshire incorporation services.
Open a Bank Account for Your NH Corporation
To open a corporate bank account, you will need to bring the following to the bank:
- A copy of the New Hampshire corporation’s Articles of Incorporation
- The New Hampshire corporation’s bylaws
- The New Hampshire 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 Hampshire corporation need a business license?
The state itself doesn’t require a general business license (and neither do most local areas). Your corporation may, however, need a license or permit for specific business activities. Manchester, for instance, requires licenses for a variety of businesses, from pawnbrokers to carnivals.
File New Hampshire Corporation Reports
What is a New Hampshire Annual Report?
Your New Hampshire Annual Report is a form you file each year to update your corporation’s contact and ownership information. The report and $100 fee ($102 if filing online) are due April 1st each year. Miss your filing deadline? You’ll owe an extra $50 in late fees.
Northwest can help you avoid these kinds of unpleasantries—when you hire us as your registered agent, we’ll send you reminder notifications for your reports. Better yet, leave all the annoying paperwork to us. For $100 plus state fees, we’ll prepare and submit your Annual Report for your New Hampshire corporation.
How much does a corporation in New Hampshire cost each year?
$100. This is the filing fee for the mandatory New Hampshire Annual Report.
Pay Corporate Taxes
What are the taxes for a New Hampshire corporation?
All New Hampshire business entities, from LLCs to corporations, are subject to two somewhat unusual state taxes: a business profits tax and a business enterprise tax.
The business profits tax takes the place of a more traditional income tax. It’s a tax on income from “conducting business activity in New Hampshire.” The rate is currently 7.9% but varies by year. Only businesses with over $50,000 in gross business income have to file.
The business enterprise tax is a tax on “enterprise value,” which the state’s Department of Revenue Administration defines as compensation (such as wages, interest or dividends) paid or accrued. The rate is currently 0.675% but also varies by year. Your business only has to file a return for this tax if your enterprise value is more than $104K or your gross receipts are over $208K.
It’s not all bad news when it comes to New Hampshire taxes. The personal net income tax is very limited (only affecting interest and dividend income), and there’s no sales tax (not even on the city or county level).