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New Hampshire LLC FAQs

  • How much can businesses save with Rocket Legal+?

    Businesses can save up to $2,500 per year with a Rocket Legal+™ membership. This calculation is based on total savings on an initial business registration and registered agent, trademark, and business tax filing services for Rocket Legal+ members (a total cost of $924.97) compared to Rocket Legal members (a total cost of $1,949.96). This is in addition to savings on the average cost of 5 hours for document preparation by a non-Rocket Lawyer network attorney at the average attorney hourly rate in the U.S. of $300 (an estimated cost of $1,500 when purchased without any form of Rocket Lawyer membership) compared to unlimited use of customizable business documents for both Rocket Legal+ and Rocket Legal members at no extra cost.

  • What is an LLC?

    LLCs are a type of business entity that have the key benefit of providing liability protection to its owners (referred to as members). This means the members’ personal assets are generally safeguarded against the company’s debts or legal disputes, except in cases where they may be personally liable under other laws. 

    In the state of New Hampshire, an LLC is defined as “a limited liability company formed under this act” (Section 304-C:11). That means an LLC in New Hampshire is a company created within the state or a company that becomes subject to New Hampshire state regulations surrounding LLCs (Chapter 304-C). 

    LLCs are popular among business owners because they offer flexibility and simplicity in managing their operations. Owners have the option to decide whether the company will be managed by its members or by appointed managers. Additionally, compared to corporations, LLCs typically have fewer legal compliance requirements and a more straightforward operational structure. 

    Finally, LLCs allow business owners to pay taxes for business income as part of their individual taxes, although LLC owners may elect to pay their business taxes as a separate entity, similar to how a corporation is taxed. This can give business owners more flexibility to choose the tax classification that is right for them as they grow and evolve their business.

  • Will starting an LLC protect my personal assets?

    LLCs can protect your personal assets against business debts and lawsuits in many cases, as long as you take careful steps to separate your business and personal affairs and maintain compliance.

    Here are some common ways to separate your affairs and stay compliant:

    • Take care to maintain separate bank accounts.
    • Keep your personal and business assets separate.
    • Keep records of your business matters.
    • Formally document business decisions.
    • Conduct business under your business name.
    • Uphold LLC compliance requirements in New Hampshire, including:
      • Maintaining your principal location within New Hampshire.
      • Filing an Annual Report between Jan. 1st and April 1st each year.

    If you don't maintain your compliance obligations or fail to properly separate your business and personal matters, then you may be opening yourself up to personal liability for business activities or responsibilities.

  • Why should I register for a New Hampshire LLC?

    You may want to register for an LLC in New Hampshire when:

    • You own or want to start a business in New Hampshire, or want to expand an existing business into New Hampshire, and want to stay legally compliant. 
    • You own or want to start a business, and want more flexibility on how you will manage the business or pay taxes than a corporation would provide.
    • You want to protect your personal assets from potential liability resulting from business you conduct in the state of New Hampshire. 
    • You own or want to start a business, and want to register in New Hampshire to open accounts, lease or buy property, secure funding, or hire employees.
  • How do I start an LLC in New Hampshire?

    There are a few steps required to start your LLC in New Hampshire, including:

    • Find a unique name for your LLC. New Hampshire has a few requirements on business names, including a requirement to be unique. You can search the state of New Hampshire's database of business entities in the state to ensure your business' name is unique. Rocket Lawyer can also help you identify a unique name when you register your business.
    • Provide a New Hampshire address that will be used as your official LLC address. The address that you list may either be your home, an office, or another physical location, but it cannot be a PO box.
    • Appoint a registered agent. A registered agent is the person or company that serves as the contact point between the state and the LLC. The registered agent also receives official correspondence from other businesses. In many cases, you can act as your own registered agent if you have a business address in New Hampshire, but you may consider using a registered agent service if you are not located in New Hampshire or would like an extra layer of privacy. Rocket Lawyer can act as your registered agent or specify your registered agent when you register your LLC.
    • File your Certificate of Formation with the state of New Hampshire to register your LLC. Once you have a business name and registered agent identified, you can register your business as a New Hampshire LLC with the New Hampshire Secretary of State by filing your Certificate of Formation. Rocket Lawyer can assist you in filing your LLC's Certificate of Formation with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.
    • Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is crucial for tax filing, payroll management, employee payments, and opening a business bank account. Rocket Lawyer can assist you with securing your LLC's EIN in order to do these vital business tasks.
    • Create your LLC Operating Agreement (Optional). In New Hampshire, it is optional to have an LLC Operating Agreement, which helps govern the ownership structure, member rights and responsibilities, and decision-making process of your LLC, among other things.
    • Create a short statement of the purpose of your LLC and the industry you will be in. New Hampshire requires that you disclose the general intentions of your business when creating your LLC.
  • What is a Certificate of Formation?

    To start an LLC in New Hampshire, you must file a document called a Certificate of Formation with the state of New Hampshire. In other states, this document may be called a "Certificate of Organization," "Certificate of Filing," or "Articles of Organization."

    In New Hampshire, you will need the following information to file your Certificate of Formation:

    • The name of the LLC.
    • The LLC's principal office address.
    • The nature of the business.
    • The name and address of the LLC's registered agent.
    • The management structure (member-managed or manager-managed).
    • A list of names, titles, and addresses of managers and managing members.
  • How much does it cost to start an LLC in New Hampshire?

    In New Hampshire, there are a few fees that you may be charged when you choose to start your LLC. They include the following:

    State fee: $102

    Rocket Lawyer filing fee: $0 $99.99

    • First filing FREE for RocketLegal+ members.
    • Get additional filings HALF OFF with RocketLegal+.

    Processing time: 2-3 weeks

    Note: The above state fees and processing times are provided as a summary and may encompass various fees mandated by your state or local authorities. If you have questions, speak to a Rocket Lawyer representative to understand the costs and processing times that apply to your specific filing.

  • How much are LLC taxes in New Hampshire?

    Taxes for your LLC will depend on how you file and how much your LLC earns.

    The default method for LLC taxes is called "pass-through taxes." This means that the profits and losses of the LLC are passed through to the individual members, who report them on their personal tax returns. The share of profits or losses each member receives and reports on their taxes is determined by the terms in the LLC's operating agreement. With pass-through taxes, the LLC itself does not file its own tax returns, and the owners only pay taxes on the business once. (Note: The term "pass-through taxes" is an informal term. Single-member LLCs are treated as a "disregarded entity" and taxed as a sole proprietorship, and LLCs with multiple members are treated as a partnership.)

    With pass-through taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes are not withheld from the members' paychecks, so they are responsible for paying these as "self-employment taxes" instead. In addition to Social Security and Medicare taxes, LLC members will need to pay taxes as a percent of their share of profits every quarter as estimated taxes. LLC members can also deduct business expenses and losses from their personal tax returns, which can significantly reduce the amount of profits reported to the IRS.

    Alternatively, if the LLC members prefer not to utilize pass-through taxes, they have the option to elect for the LLC to be taxed as a corporation instead. This may be preferred when the corporate tax rate is lower. To elect a different tax classification, you need to file the necessary forms with the IRS.

    Additionally, the state of New Hampshire may impose a Business Enterprise Tax and Business Profit Tax on LLCs depending on your business' gross revenue.

    If you do not want to tackle your LLC's taxes alone, our Rocket Tax services can help you by gathering some information about your business and then matching you with the right tax professional.

  • What are the rules for naming an LLC in New Hampshire?

    The state of New Hampshire requires that the names of all LLCs in the state:

    • Shall contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC" or any other similar abbreviation.
    • May contain the name of a member or manager.
    • Shall not contain language stating or implying that it is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by state legislature and by its certificate of formation.
    • Are not too similar to existing LLCs in the state.

    Rocket Lawyer can help you determine whether your business' name is eligible for registration in New Hampshire and may be able to help you reserve the name before you file your LLC.

  • I live outside of New Hampshire. In which state do I file my LLC?

    Any LLC that does business in New Hampshire must file with the State of New Hampshire. New Hampshire does not outline any specific actions that constitute transacting business, however, these actions, among others, are not considered to be doing business in New Hampshire:

    • Maintaining, defending, or settling any proceeding.
    • Holding meetings of its members or managers or carrying on any other activities concerning its internal affairs.
    • Maintaining bank accounts.
    • Maintaining offices or agencies for the transfer, exchange, and registration of the foreign limited liability company's own securities or interests or maintaining trustees or depositories with respect to those securities or interests.
    • Selling through independent contractors.
    • Soliciting or obtaining orders, whether by mail or through employees or agents or otherwise, if the orders require acceptance outside this state before they become contracts.
    • Creating or acquiring indebtedness, mortgages, and security interests in real or personal property.
    • Securing or collecting debts or enforcing mortgages and security interests in property securing the debts.
    • Owning, without more, real or personal property.
    • Conducting an isolated transaction that is completed within 30 days and that is not one in the course of repeated transactions of a like nature.
    • Transacting business in interstate commerce.

    LLCs based in New Hampshire are called "domestic LLCs," and out-of-state LLCs are called "foreign LLCs." Foreign LLCs and domestic LLCs may have different filing and compliance requirements -- Rocket Lawyer can help you navigate foreign LLC registration, regardless of where you live.

  • I live in New Hampshire. Do I need to file my LLC in any other state?

    If you are planning to conduct business in another state, you may need to register an LLC in that state. Rocket Lawyer can help you determine which states you should register in. 

    Other states may have their own rules for taxing foreign LLCs that originate in New Hampshire or domestic LLCs that also operate in New Hampshire. Talk to an attorney to understand the tax requirements for the state(s) in which you plan to operate.

    CaliforniaMichiganRhode Island
    ColoradoMinnesotaSouth Carolina
    ConnecticutMississippiSouth Dakota
    IdahoNew HampshireVirginia
    IllinoisNew JerseyWashington D.C.
    IndianaNew MexicoWashington
    IowaNew YorkWest Virginia
    KansasNorth CarolinaWisconsin
    KentuckyNorth DakotaWyoming
  • Can I make a single-member LLC in New Hampshire?

    Yes, LLCs with only one owner can still register their business in New Hampshire. In this case, the LLC would be referred to as a single-member LLC (SMLLC), whereas if there is more than one owner, the LLC may be called a multi-member LLC. 

    The main difference between single-member and multi-member LLCs lies in ownership structure and management. With a single-member LLC, you have full control over the business. In contrast, a multi-member LLC has multiple owners, each with a specific percentage of ownership as defined in the operating agreement. This means that in a multi-member LLC, owners share profits, losses, and tax responsibilities based on their ownership percentage.

    However, many aspects of LLCs remain the same whether they are single-member or multi-member. Both types of LLCs default to pass-through taxation (though separate filing is an option), and owners can choose to manage the LLC themselves ("member managed") or hire designated managers to handle day-to-day operations ("manager managed").

  • What is the benefit of having a Trade Name vs. an LLC in New Hampshire?

    An LLC is a structure establishing your business as an entity that can legally conduct business in the state(s) within which it is filed. Alternatively, a "Trade Name" filing is a legal mechanism to specify another name under which you plan to do business. Trade Names may also be called a "Fictitious Business Name" (or "FBN"), "Assumed Business Name" (or "ABN"), or "Doing Business As" (or "DBA") and are commonly confused with sole proprietorships. While Trade Names can help you specify a name for a business, they do not establish a legal business entity and also do not provide business owners with liability protection. In New Hampshire, filing a Trade Name, or Fictitious Business Name, is required if your business is planning to operate under a different name than the one that is filed with your Certificate of Formation.

    If you have an existing company and would like to conduct business under a new or additional name, a Trade Name will allow you to conduct business with the new name through your existing LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, or Nonprofit. If you're not sure if you should form an LLC or file a Trade Name, a Rocket Lawyer representative can help you understand the differences and take the next step.

  • What do I do after registering an LLC in New Hampshire?

    After organizing an LLC in New Hampshire, the state requires you to:

    • Establish a Registered Office and Agent: You'll need to have a registered agent and office within the State of New Hampshire. If you don't have an agent or office, our Registered Agent Services can help you meet these requirements.

    Although not required, you may also want to:

    • Create an Operating Agreement: While creating an Operating Agreement is not mandatory, it's highly advisable. We can help you create your New Hampshire LLC Operating Agreement online.
    • Hold a meeting: A first meeting with members of an LLC is not required by law, but it is highly suggested in order to get organized. Also, unlike corporations, LLCs are also not required to maintain Meeting Minutes, but these documents are also recommended as they provide records for important decisions made.
  • How do I maintain my LLC in New Hampshire?

    An LLC is one of the easiest businesses to maintain. This is what you should keep in mind when looking to maintain your New Hampshire LLC:

    • You must maintain your LLC's principal office within the State of New Hampshire.
    • You'll need to submit an Annual Report between January 1st and April 1st each year.
  • How do I keep my records for my LLC?

    The State of New Hampshire has no requirements for keeping any specific records pertaining to your LLC, but you may be required to have the following records available for members and/or managers at their request:

    • Complete and accurate information regarding the company's internal affairs and the status of the business.
    • A current list of the full names and last known addresses of each member and manager.
    • A copy of the company's federal, state and local income tax returns for each year the company has filed.
    • A copy of the company's certificate of formation and Operating Agreement along with any amendments made to these documents.
    • Complete and accurate information regarding the following:
      • The date on which each member became a member.
      • The amount of cash as well as a description and statement of the agreed services or property that each member has contributed or will contribute in the future.

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