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This guide on starting your business in New Hampshire provides step-by-step instructions on the paperwork to file formation documents, obtain tax IDs, and set up company records.

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Step-By-Step Startup

Below is an overview of the paperwork, cost, and time to form each of the most popular business structures. Simply click on the link for your desired structure to view detailed step-by-step instructions.

  • If you have not decided whether you want to form an LLC, corporation, or other business structure, click here.
  • If wish to form your business in a different state than New Hampshire, click here.
Structure Paperwork Cost Time

New Hampshire Limited Liability Company

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  • Form LLC-1: Certificate of Formation, New Hampshire Limited Liability Company
  • Form SRA: Addendum to Business Organization and Registration Forms Statement of Compliance with New Hampshire Securities Laws
  • Operating Agreement
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Formation: $100
  • Formation: ~30 business days

New Hampshire Corporation

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  • Form 11: Articles of Incorporation
  • Form SRA: Addendum to Business Organization and Registration Forms Statement of Compliance with New Hampshire Securities Laws
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form 2553: S-Corp Election, if desired
  • Incorporation: $100
  • Incorporation: ~10-14 business days

New Hampshire Nonprofit

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  • Form NP-1: Articles of Agreement of a New Hampshire Nonprofit Corporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Apply for EIN
  • IRS Form 1023: Application for 501(c)(3) Exemption
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • URS Charitable Registration, if applicable
  • Form NHCT-1: Application for Registration
  • Incorporation: $30
  • 501(c): $275 or $600 IRS fee
  • New Hampshire charitable registration: $25
  • Incorporation: ~10-14 business days
  • 501(c): 2 weeks to 3 months

Top 5 Tips on Registering a Business in New Hampshire

  1. Make sure to use original ink signatures when required.
  2. Remember if you are incorporating or qualification a for-profit business entity to file an SRA initial report.
  3. New Hampshire is one of the toughest states for name requirements. Make sure to get preclearance on the name when required.
  4. Don't fall out of "good standing" with the Secretary of State... reinstatement in New Hampshire is a very complex process.
  5. Use a local office (such as ours) to drop off your documents with the state for faster processing. New Hamsphire takes a long time to process many corporate filings.

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Your specialist works with you 1-on-1 to form your LLC, corporation, or other business structure. We prepare and file most formations in just one business day!

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