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New Hampshire LLC Annual Report
How to form an LLC in New Hampshire
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire LLC costs:
LLC formation: $100 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $100 (every year)
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All LLCs doing business in New Hampshire must file an Annual Report every year.
You need to file an Annual Report in order to keep your New Hampshire LLC in compliance and in good standing with the Secretary of State.
You must complete your New Hampshire Annual Report online (using the New Hampshire QuickStart filing system). And then you can either submit it electronically, or print it and submit it by mail.
$100 by mail (add an additional $2 for online filing).
• 1-3 weeks if submitted by mail.
• Immediate if submitted online.
Your New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report is due between January 1st and April 1st every year. Your first Annual Report is due the year following the year of formation.
– If your New Hampshire LLC was formed on February 5th 2017, your first Annual Report would be due between January 1st and April 1st of 2018.
– If your New Hampshire LLC was formed on November 22nd 2017, your first Annual Report would be due between January 1st and April 1st of 2018.
How early can an Annual Report be filed?
Your LLC’s Annual Report can be filed as early as January 1st each year. We recommend filing your Annual Report shortly after New Years to get it out of the way and to avoid waiting until the last minute.
Penalty if Annual Report is late
You New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report will be considered late if not filed by April 1st.
If you’re late, your LLC will be placed into a status of “Not in Good Standing” and will also be assessed a $50 penalty on top of the filing fee. This means, when you do file late, your total due will be $150.
If you fail to file an Annual Report for 2 consecutive years, the state will administratively dissolve your LLC.
LLC Annual Report Reminders
The New Hampshire Secretary of State will send one courtesy reminder shortly after January 1st. Depending on what you selected in your Certificate of Formation, the state will send the reminder by mail or email.
If there are any errors in your Annual Report
If there are any errors or problems with your LLC’s Annual Report, the state will send you back a notification letting you know and they will give you 30 days to correct the issue and re-file the Annual Report.
Completing your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report
Visit New Hampshire QuickStart
1. Go to the QuickStart main page and login or register for an account: https://quickstart.sos.nh.gov/online/Account
2. In your account dashboard, click “File an Annual Report/Annual Fee” (it’s in the vertical menu to the left).
3. Enter your LLC’s Business ID number and click “Search”. Your LLC should appear below. Then click the “File an Annual Report/Annual Fee/Nonprofit Report” button to proceed.
Note: You can find your LLC’s Business ID number by searching your LLC name here.
Review the purpose of your New Hampshire LLC. Unfortunately, if you need to make any changes, you can’t do so via the online Annual Report.
Instead, you need to file Form LLC-3 (Certificate of Amendment) and pay a $35 filing fee. Instructions on how to file are inside the form itself.
Note: If you’re filing your Annual Report late though, your LLC is not in good standing. And you can’t submit a Certificate of Amendment if your LLC is not in good standing. So submit and pay your Annual Report first with the purpose as it is, then after it’s filed, send the state your Certificate of Amendment.
Depending on whether or not your LLC’s Annual Report filing is late, will depend on whether you can (or cannot) change your Registered Agent online.
• If your Annual Report is on time, then you can change your Registered Agent online. And you can do so via this Annual Report at no additional charge. Just click the edit (or remove) icon to delete your current Registered Agent. Then add your new Registered Agent’s information and save.
• If your Annual Report is late, you cannot change your Registered Agent online. You can only change it by mail. Additionally, you have to pay $15 to do so. Bummer.
So again, if your Annual Report is late and you need to change your Registered Agent, please download Form 10, “Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent”. Instructions for how to complete are included in the form.
Our thoughts: Yes, this is a little confusing, but for that reason, it’s important to file on time.
Principal Office Information
Review your LLC’s principal office address and mailing address (if any).
If your address(es) have not changed, then you don’t need to change anything in this section.
If you need to make changes, just click the “Edit” button to the right. Then change your address details and click the “Save Selection” button.
Business Email Address
Review your email address and make any changes if needed. Don’t worry that it’s called a “business email”. It doesn’t have to be an official business email. In fact, we recommend using your personal email address.
We also recommend checking off the box at the bottom so that you can receive Annual Report reminders notices via email.
Then click the “Continue” button to proceed.
The fields you immediately see with red asterisks do not necessarily need to be filled out.
First, look below the fields for the current member/manager information.
Click the “remove” icon if you need to remove a member/manager.
If you need to add a member/manager, enter their information at the top and then click the “Save Selection” button.
Check off the “Certify” box agreeing to the terms and conditions of filing the Annual Report, then click the “Continue” button. A few additional fields will appear below…
Your effective filing date will be automatically set to today’s date (you won’t be able to change it). There is nothing you need to do here. Technically, it just means your LLC’s Annual Report is filed with the state on today’s date.
Name & Title
Enter your first and last name, then select “Member” from the drop down menu.
Note: If you are filing this Annual Report on behalf of a client and you have authorization to do so, select “Authorized Party” as your title.
Then click the “Continue” button at the bottom to proceed.
Review the information you entered in your LLC’s Annual Report and check for any typos or mistakes.
If you need to make any changes, click the “Edit” buttons to the right of any section.
If everything looks good, you can then proceed to make payment.
You have 2 options for submitting your Annual Report to the state:
• To submit your Annual Report by mail and pay by check, click the “Mail with Check” button and then reference our instructions (a couple lines down) titled “Submit your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report by Mail”.
• To submit your Annual Report online and pay with credit card, click the “Proceed to Pay” button and then reference our instructions (a few paragraphs below) titled “Submit your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report Online”.
So just before this you should have clicked the “Mail with Check” button.
Next, a popup message will appear telling you about how to file by mail. In essence, it tells you to print the form, sign it, and then mail it in with your payment in the form of a check.
Click the “Continue” button to proceed. Doing so will automatically download your Annual Report to your computer in PDF format.
It will likely be saved to your computer’s desktop or your “downloads” folder.
Find the Annual Report on your computer, print it out, and then sign at the bottom.
Payment and Mailing Instructions:
Prepare a check or money order for $100 and make payable to “State of New Hampshire”.
Send your Annual Report and $100 filing fee to:
NH Department of State
107 North Main Street, Room 204
Concord, NH 03301-4989
Note: if you’re filing your New Hampshire Annual Report late, your total payment may be $150.
Congratulations, your New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report has been mailed for processing! Now you just need to wait for verification.
Verification/Approval of a filed LLC Annual Report (by mail):
If you file by mail, the state will process your Annual Report in 1-3 weeks. You don’t get anything back by mail (unless you request and pay for a copy of your approved Annual Report).
Instead, you can also search your LLC name here, click on your LLC name, click “Filed Documents” at the top, then look for your recent Annual Report in the list.
So just before this you should have clicked the “Proceed to Pay” button.
I would like to pay using…
Select “Credit Card” and your total charges will appear below. Then click the “Pay Securely using a Credit Card” button.
A popup message will appear stating that you’ll be redirected to the Global Gateway payment system. Click the “Ok” button to proceed.
Enter your billing information, then click the “Pay With Your Credit Card” button to submit your New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report and payment.
Verification/Approval of a filed LLC Annual Report (online):
If you file online, the state will process your Annual Report immediately. After you’ve paid the filing fee, you will be redirected to a receipt page (this means that your Annual Report has been processed and your LLC is in good standing with the state).
You can then print out a copy of your approved Annual Report in your LLC’s online record by doing the following: search your LLC name here, click on your LLC name, click “Filed Documents” at the top, then look for your recent Annual Report in the list.
Once you have reviewed this information (and set a calendar reminder), or filed your New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report, you can then proceed to the next lesson: New Hampshire Business Licenses & Permits.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Contact Info
If you have any questions, you can contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State at 603-271-3246.