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Forming an LLC in New Hampshire

One of the smallest states in the country, New Hampshire is located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. New Hampshire does not have state or sales taxes, making it a relaxed financial environment to start a business. Popular industries include agriculture, real estate, professional services, manufacturing and healthcare.

For most business owners, the fastest and easiest way to start a business in New Hampshire is by creating a New Hampshire LLC. A limited liability company (LLC) is a type of business entity that’s ideal for startups and small- to medium-sized businesses. You get the advantages and protections of larger New Hampshire corporations, but with much simpler rules and regulations.

Briefly, the benefits of starting a New Hampshire LLC include:

  • Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
  • Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration of your New Hampshire LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.

Six Quick Steps to Forming Your New Hampshire LLC

This guide has plenty of information on how to form your New Hampshire LLC, but you can break down the basics of forming a business in NH into just a few simple steps.

Review Information from the New Hampshire Secretary of State

The NH Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in New Hampshire.

These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in New Hampshire. You’ll find other useful information below.

Special Types of New Hampshire LLCs

A regular New Hampshire LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.

What to Do After Forming Your New Hampshire LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in New Hampshire? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.

Other Information in This Guide

You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:

Naming Your New Hampshire LLC

How to search the New Hampshire business registry of the Secretary of State and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a New Hampshire LLC name and more.

New Hampshire Registered Agents for LLCs

How to appoint a Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching forNew Hampshire Registered Agents.

Fees and Requirements for New Hampshire LLCs

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and New Hampshire rules. Includes details of Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), New Hampshire and federal business licenses, annual reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your New Hampshire LLC

How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and New Hampshire government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and New Hampshire taxes like sales tax and income tax.

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