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Your LLC’s Name

The name you select for your New Hampshire LLC must be distinguishable from the name of any other New Hampshire business entity that is reserved or registered with the government of the Garden State.

The LLC’s name must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “LLC” or “L.L.C.” The state specifically says that an additional space is allowed to be inserted between the letters or periods in each of these abbreviations-so “L. L. C.” and “L L C” are also allowed.

The LLC’s name is also allowed to contain the name of a member or manager, and it may also contain the words “company,” “association,” “club,” “foundation,” “fund,” “institute,” “society,” “union,” “syndicate,” “limited” or “trust” or their abbreviations.

You can reserve an available name for 120 days for $15.

Articles of Organization

Formation of an LLC in New Hampshire requires filing articles of organization with the Corporation Division of the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office, along with the $100 filing fee. The original of the articles (and a copy) must be signed by at least two of the LLC’s organizers and a manager (if the LLC will be manager-managed) or a member (if the LLC will be member-managed). Each signer should state their title or capacity in the LLC beneath or beside their signature.

The articles must include the LLC’s name, its primary business purpose(s), the address of the LLC’s registered office, the name of the LLC’s registered agent there, and whether the LLC will be perpetual, or if a specific date for dissolution has been established. It should also specify whether the LLC will be managed by members or managers.

A certificate of organization will be issued and delivered, along with the conformed copy, to the representative of the LLC. The original articles of organization will in turn be filed with the Secretary of State along with the date of filing.

Registered Agent and Office

All New Hampshire LLCs must have a registered agent in the state-the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence, whether administrative or legal. A registered agent in New Hampshire may be an individual Granite State resident whose business office is the same as the LLC’s registered office. The agent may also be a domestic corporation, an out-of-state corporation authorized to do business in New Hampshire with the same business office as the registered office, or the LLC itself.

The registered office may be but does not need to be the New Hampshire LLC’s place of business.

Operating Agreement

It may also specify requirements for meetings (notice, quorum, voting rules, etc.) and so on, but it doesn’t have to. Normally, however, the operating agreement does include state-mandated requirements. It can contain restrictions or prohibitions on the power of the members to adopt, amend, or repeal an operating agreement. If there is more than one member, the operating agreement has to initially be approved by all members in writing.

Membership in the LLC

A New Hampshire LLC must have one or more members. To become one, an individual usually must make a contribution, pay cash, perform services, or transfer property to the LLC, or take on an obligation to do so. However, a person may be admitted as an LLC member without acquiring a membership interest if there is such a provision in the articles of organization or operating agreement, or if all members consent and the person’s admission is documented in the LLC’s records.

A member can only resign from the LLC in the manner set forth in the articles of organization or operating agreement. these documents also usually specify a minimum period of time a member can be a member before being allowed to resign. If the minimum period of time is not specified, the member must provide at least 30 days’ written notice before they can resign.

Ongoing Requirements

New Hampshire LLCs must file a report annually with the state secretary of state that includes:

  • The LLC’s name and address of its principal office
  • The state or country under whose law it was originally formed
  • The address of the LLC’s registered office
  • The name of the LLC’s registered agent there
  • The names and addresses of the LLC’s managers, or, if there are no managers, at least one member
  • A brief description of the nature of the LLC’s business

Additionally, Granite State LLCs must keep the following types of records open to inspection at their office:

  • Complete status of the LLC’s financial condition
  • A copy of the LLC’s federal, state, and local income tax returns
  • A list of the name and address of each member and manager
  • A copy of the operating agreement and articles of organization, along with any amendments or relevant powers of attorney
  • The amount of cash on hand and a statement of the consensus value of any property or services performed
  • When and what each member has agreed to contribute in the future

In addition, it’s a good idea for your LLC to keep minutes of the proceedings and committees of the owners or members.


An LLC is dissolved when any of the following occur:

  • Upon the occurrence of an event specified in the operating agreement
  • Upon the written consent of a majority of the LLC’s members
  • Upon issuance of a notice of administrative dissolution by the state
  • When decreed by a court order


An LLC offers some tax advantages over a corporation, including the availability of more deductions. Additionally, an LLC is not required to be a separate tax entity like a corporation. Instead, it can be a “pass-through entity” when it comes to taxes, so that the LLC owners report business losses or profits on their personal tax returns, in the same manner as a partnership.

The tax rate for New Hampshire LLCs varies, based on New Hampshire taxable net income. New Hampshire’s personal income tax system is one of the nation’s most simple and inexpensive systems. With no separate tax brackets, New Hampshire’s five percent flat income tax only applies to dividend and interest income. As a result, many citizens have little or no income tax liability.

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Commonly Asked Questions For Starting a New Hampshire LLC

How is an LLC Taxed?
For federal income tax purposes the profits of an LLC (Limited Liability Company) "pass through" to the personal income of the members/owners. In the case of a single member LLC it is taxed the same as a sole proprietorship (i.e. typically filed on the schedule C of the owner's personal income tax filing). In the case of a multi member member it is taxed the same as a partnership (i.e. a 1065 partnership return is filed with the IRS, with a schedule K-1 being supplied to each partner/member showing the proportional profit/loss allocated to them, with this being filed on the schedule C or E).
NOTE: These are general tax explanations and may not apply to everyone. You should confer with the appropriate accounting/tax specialists to make sure you understand your personal tax liability.
What is the Management Structure of an LLC?
An LLC is typically managed by its members/owners (referred to as member-managed). In that respect an LLC is unlike a corporation, which has a much more rigid and defined management structure, including directors and officers. All owners of the LLC are typically referred to as members, and they can have control and voting interest proportional to their ownership interest, or in proportions different from their ownership interest; however the members agree.
Are Non-US Residents allowed to own a Corporation of LLC?
There are no citizenship or residence requirements for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC. The S Corporation however does not allow nonresident aliens to be shareholders (owner), but any US citizen or resident alien may be a shareholder (owner). You would, of course, require an in state street address for the state to forward official legal and tax correspondence including service of process, known as the registered agent address, but neither residency nor citizenship is required for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC.
Can I form an LLC with just one member?
There was a time when almost every state required the LLC to have two or more members, but that is no longer the case. This important change came in response to revised IRS regulations that clearly permitted single-member LLCs. As a result, in most states, if you plan to be the sole owner of a business and you wish to limit your personal liability, you can choose between forming a corporation or an LLC.
What is an Operating Agreement?
The operating agreement is akin to a partnership agreement for a General Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). It is an internal contract amongst the members/owners of the LLC, and it lays out such things as ownership interest, member responsibilities, accounting method, adding or removing members, terms for concluding the LLC, etc. It is generally not required by a given state for forming an LLC (with the exception of New York), although it is certainly recommended. When dealing with private companies for financing issues (loans, mortgages, etc.) it may be required by that company. A customizable operating agreement is included with the LLC/Corp Kit.
Can another business entity be a member of an LLC?

In the majority of states, The members of an LLC can be individuals, corporations, or other LLCs. These members of the LLC can be out of state residents or even foreign nationals. Furthermore there is no limit to the amount of members that an LLC can have.

The flexibility of an LLC in contrast to an S Corporation is stark considering the S corporations are limited to 75 shareholders who must either be United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

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