New Hampshire Filing Fees

What are the Business Filing Fees in New Hampshire?

Starting a business in New Hampshire means paying a variety of government filing fees. We’ve compiled the most common ones here so that you’ll know what to expect.

FILE YOUR BUSINESS

New Hampshire requires certain business entities to register with the Department of State before starting operations. These are sometimes referred to as statutory entities, and the most commonly used examples include corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs). After formation, New Hampshire business owners will need to pay additional fees throughout the lifecycle of their business. This is important in making sure it stays legally compliant and up to date. If you need to create your business, we can help with our LLC Formation service or Corporation Formation service.

We are here to help. Let’s take a closer look at what kinds of fees a New Hampshire business owner can expect to pay, and how our formation and compliance services can make forming and maintaining your business easier.

Step 1: Pay your New Hampshire business’s initial filing fees

New Hampshire requires new businesses to pay New Hampshire business filing fees with their formation documents in order to officially form the business. The Corporate Division of the New Hampshire Department of State collects the filing fees submitted with the formation documents. New Hampshire allows business owners to file their formation documents online or by mail.

If you’re ready to start your New Hampshire business but are running low on time, we have an expedited filing service to file your formation documents as soon as possible. 

Step 2: Reserve your New Hampshire business’s name

Naming requirements for statutory entities can get complicated, especially when your preferred name is taken by another business. If you find a name that meets naming requirements and appears to be available, you can reserve the name by completing an Application for Reservation of Name and paying the required fee. New Hampshire name reservations remain valid for 120 days, so make sure you can get your formation document filed within that time frame.

Alternatively, we offer a name reservation service that helps you secure your preferred name and prevents other parties from taking it first.

Step 3: Reserve a “doing business as” name in New Hampshire

A “doing business as” (DBA) name allows businesses to operate under a name that’s different from the name officially registered with the state. DBA names are commonly referred to as trade names, fictitious names, or assumed names. New Hampshire refers to DBA names as trade names. New Hampshire business owners seeking to register a trade name are required to file a Trade Name Registration form with the Secretary of State.

Step 4: Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues unique tax ID numbers, known as Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), to businesses upon request. Businesses use EINs to pay their employees, file their taxes, and open business bank accounts. It’s free to apply for an EIN through the IRS, but if you want to avoid the hassle of dealing with the tax man, we can handle this task for you with our EIN service

Step 5: Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your New Hampshire business

These documents lay out the internal procedures and dispute resolution processes for LLCs, corporations, and limited liability partnerships, respectively. Most states, including New Hampshire, don’t require businesses to file these documents with the Secretary of State. However, having one can prevent infighting among members of your business later down the line and make closing, transferring, or selling a part of the business easier. 

Trying to draft your own internal documents can overwhelm business owners, and hiring an attorney to create these documents can get expensive. For those with an LLC, we provide an operating agreement template that allows business owners to customize their agreement to include the provisions they need and leave out the ones they don’t. 

Step 6: Apply for your New Hampshire business’s necessary licenses and permits

Most businesses require multiple licenses and permits in order to operate legally. The licenses your business needs depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Business location
  • Industry of your business
  • Services provided by your business
  • Goods sold by your business

Licenses and permits typically require an initial fee, along with renewal fees.

Trying to find the licenses and permits your business needs can be time-consuming for business owners. Our Business License Report can take the stress and uncertainty out of the process by giving you a comprehensive list of the licenses and permits your enterprise needs to operate legally.

Step 7: Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses

“Foreign business” in New Hampshire means a business originally formed in another state. New Hampshire requires foreign businesses that are doing business within the state to register their company with the state.

To register your business, you have to file an Application for Registration as a Foreign Limited Liability Company or Foreign Corporation with the New Hampshire Department of State. In addition to the application, New Hampshire requires foreign businesses to submit a Certificate of Good Standing from the company’s home state that is no more than 60 days old. You’ll have to pay a fee to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from your home state, as well as the application fee.

Step 8: Check New Hampshire’s annual report requirements and fees

New Hampshire requires businesses registered in the state to file an annual report between the first of January and the first of April every year. The annual report confirms information about your business with the Secretary of State. New Hampshire allows business owners to file their annual report through their online business portal or by mail. New Hampshire’s online business portal provides the most up-to-date information about pricing. 

Filing your annual report each year can be tedious and time-consuming for business owners, and forgetting about your annual report can result in serious consequences. With our help, you can get your annual report filed quickly and efficiently to help you avoid falling out of good standing.

Step 9: Keep your New Hampshire business legally compliant

Making changes to the information contained in your formation documents is required anytime the information within becomes inaccurate. Businesses need to file paperwork with the Secretary of State to provide the most current information about your business. Every filing requires a separate New Hampshire filing fee, and updating your information is no different. 

We can make state compliance easier through our Worry-Free Compliance service. This service sends business owners alerts and notifications about upcoming compliance events and monitors your business’s status to ensure you remain in good standing. Additionally, we also offer an amendment filing service to help prepare and file your amendment paperwork and update your information with the Secretary of State.

Let us help you keep your business compliant with New Hampshire law

New Hampshire requires business owners to pay filing fees when submitting most forms to the Secretary of State, including formation documents, name reservations, and license or permit applications. Our services can help business owners with the filing requirements while you focus on growing and operating your New Hampshire business. If you haven’t formed your New Hampshire business yet, check out our business formation plans to get started.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.

FAQs

  • Are there penalties for paying my fees late in New Hampshire?

    Yes, New Hampshire imposes late fees on businesses who fail to pay their required fees in a timely manner. In extreme cases, the state can administratively dissolve your business.

  • What happens if I can’t pay my fees to the New Hampshire government?

    Failure to file and pay your required fees in a timely manner can lead to penalties and your business losing its good standing status with the state.

  • Who receives the fees for forming my New Hampshire business?

    New Hampshire formation fees go to the New Hampshire Department of State.

  • What is usually the biggest fee I will pay when I form my New Hampshire business?

    Typically, filing your formation documents requires the largest filing fee. Check with the New Hampshire Department of State to find the most up-to-date information on fee amounts.

  • What payment methods can I use to pay my LLC or corporation filing fees to the New Hampshire government?

    You can pay filing fees through New Hampshire’s online business portal with a credit card or debit card. You can pay for filings submitted by mail with checks made payable to the State of New Hampshire.

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