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Step 1: Check Name Availability
Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.
Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles
Our online form will walk you through all required information.
Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options
Select the appropriate filing package or choose from the a la carte options.
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If we receive your New Hampshire Articles of Incorporation by 12 p.m. PST M-F, your corporation will be submitted and could be active the same day. This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date. If you mail the document to the state, like many filing services do, it will take several weeks longer for proof of filing.
File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information.
Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company. Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
New Hampshire Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.
Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:
- Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
- Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
- All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
- Most filing companies mail in your filings
New Hampshire Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "limited," "corp.," "inc.," "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a 120 day period for a filing fee of $15.
It is acceptable to state either alone or with a specific purpose clause, “The purposes for which the corporation is organized shall be to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the New Hampshire Business Corporation Act.”
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
Preemptive rights are denied in absence of a specific grant.
Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless specifically granted.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in New Hampshire.
The minimum number of directors is one.
LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' AND OFFICERS’ PERSONAL LIABILITY
The Articles of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the New Hampshire Business Corporation Act, a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director or officer to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
BLUE SKY REQUIREMENTS
A statement must be filed with the Secretary of State stating that the capital stock of the corporation has been registered, or when offered will be registered, under Chapter 421-B or are exempted, or when offered will be exempted, under the Chapter, or are or will be offered in a transaction exempted from registration under the Chapter; and that the Articles of Incorporation state whether the capital stock will be sold or offered for sale within the meaning of the Chapter. The statement should be signed by the incorporators of a corporation.
Minimum number of incorporators is one (1) (an individual or an entity) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of New Hampshire.
Submit to the Secretary of State one (1) executed original and one (1)copy of the Articles of Incorporation and one (1) executed original of Addendum (Blue Sky) to Articles of Incorporation. The Secretary of State files the originals and returns a file-stamped copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
OFFICIAL STATE DISBURSEMENTS AND FEES
$50 filing fee for Articles of Incorporation
$50 blue sky certification fee
New Hampshire Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings can help you form a New Hampshire corporation with the New Hampshire Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in New Hampshire or form a New Hampshire subchapter S corporation, you must file the New Hampshire Articles of Incorporation with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming New Hampshire corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the New Hampshire incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the New Hampshire Articles of Incorporation with the New Hampshire Secretary of State on your behalf.
How do I form a New Hampshire Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the New Hampshire Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the New Hampshire corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. Fifth, when the New Hampshire Secretary of State files the New Hampshire Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.
What are the advantages of forming a New Hampshire Corporation?
To begin with, there is the protection of the "corporate veil" that provides limited liability to the owners (shareholders). The shareholders are not personally liable for debts and obligations of the corporation. They can personally lose only to the extent of their investments in the New Hampshire corporation form purchasing stock. Since the New Hampshire corporation is an independent legal entity, the New Hampshire corporation has continuous existence. It does not cease to exist simply because one of the shareholders dies or retires. Corporations often have an easier time setting up insurance, retirement funds, profit-sharing, pension, and stock option plans than other business entities.
When you form an New Hampshire corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the New Hampshire corporation. Ownership in an New Hampshire corporation is more easily transferable than other business entities. Under most circumstances, shares of stock can be sold without restriction to a third party without having to obtain consent from the New Hampshire corporation itself.
How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my New Hampshire Corporation?
After we form an New Hampshire corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your New Hampshire corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your New Hampshire corporation. If you purchase our New Hampshire premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your New Hampshire corporation.
How do I form a New Hampshire S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your New Hampshire S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an New Hampshire S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an New Hampshire S corporation simply means the corporation is taxed like a partnership or LLC with a pass through tax structure. Make sure to check with your accountant or the IRS for limitations or read about New Hampshire C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in New Hampshire, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the New Hampshire S corporation's shareholders include their share of the New Hampshire Corporation's separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit, and their share of non-separately stated income or loss.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in New Hampshire?
Generally most people form New Hampshire C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since New Hampshire S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an New Hampshire C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An New Hampshire C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An New Hampshire C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an New Hampshire S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are U.S. citizens or registered aliens, issue only one type of stock, and are limited to no more than 75 shareholders.
How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for my New Hampshire Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your New Hampshire corporation and include meeting minutes (MS Word format) that you can prepare as needed.
What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for my New Hampshire corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your New Hampshire corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most New Hampshire bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. New Hampshire bylaws also contain the names of the officers for the titles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Another important part of New Hampshire corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the New Hampshire corporation can open a bank account, take out loans, write checks, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. Most New Hampshire bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes New Hampshire shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the New Hampshire corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the New Hampshire corporation.
What is an New Hampshire corporate seal?
After the New Hampshire corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the New Hampshire corporation will need a corporate seal. A corporate seal is a handheld device that imprints paper with the corporation's name, state of formation, and date the New Hampshire corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require New Hampshire corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All New Hampshire corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is a New Hampshire corporate kit?
The New Hampshire corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the New Hampshire corporation's important documents such as the New Hampshire Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the New Hampshire corporation kits that Sundoc sells include having the New Hampshire corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the New Hampshire corporation's name) on the spine. Most New Hampshire corporation kits come with a slipcase to keep the binder safe. Some corporate kits are made with a slipcase built in. The choice is yours.
Another important part of an New Hampshire corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the New Hampshire corporate kits that Sundoc sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the New Hampshire corporation's name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the title of President and Secretary below the signature lines. If you have already formed your New Hampshire corporation, you can order an New Hampshire corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. We have a selection of high quality kits that come in array of styles and colors.
Now that you have formed your New Hampshire corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the New Hampshire bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local city and/or county tax licenses your business will need. The best place to start is your city hall or county recorder's office. Take the time to verify your areas business licensing requirements. For those of you who plan to run your New Hampshire corporation out of your home, check with your city or county to find out if a work at home permit is required. Once your licensing requirements are met, it is time to start operating your New Hampshire corporation.