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Note: Our tax lesson is not as step-by-step as our other Forming an LLC in New Hampshire lessons, due to the uniqueness and variation among businesses in the state. Taxes are usually not as straightforward as forming an LLC in New Hampshire, and therefore, the information below is an overview, and not a comprehensive guide.

You will most likely need to hire a tax professional to make sure you meet all your New Hampshire state and local tax obligations. We recommend using Thumbtack.

Do it yourself in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Tax Overview
New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (DRA): Taxpayer Assistance Overview

New Business Tax Licenses & Permits
New Hampshire DRA: Frequently Asked Questions – New Business Tax Licenses & Permits

Online Tax Registration with e-File New Hampshire
New Hampshire DRA: Granite Tax Connect
Under the “Registration” section, click “Register a New Taxpayer” and follow the onscreen instructions.

Department of Revenue Administration Contact Page
New Hampshire DRA: Contact Us

Other Taxes
Depending on your industry, where your business is located, how you are taxed by the IRS, and whether or not you have employees, will determine which additional taxes and forms are due.

Some examples of other taxes and forms due are:

  • Sales and use tax
  • Employer’s withholding tax
  • Tobacco tax
  • Property tax
  • Alcohol tax
  • Fuel tax
  • Local taxes
  • Gravel Tax
  • Meals and Room (Rentals) Tax
  • Business Enterprise Tax
  • Business Profits Tax
  • Communications Services Tax
  • Electricity Consumption Tax
  • Inheritance and Estate Tax
  • Interest and Dividends Tax
  • Medicaid Enhancement Tax
  • Nursing Facility Quality Assessment
  • Real Estate Transfer Tax
  • State Education Property Tax
  • Timber Tax
  • Utility Property Tax
  • And more

Federal Taxes with the IRS
By default, single-member LLCs in New Hampshire are taxed as Sole Proprietorships by the IRS, and by default, multi-member LLCs in New Hampshire are taxed as Partnerships by the IRS. The bulleted list above refers to state and local taxes, not federal taxes filed with the IRS.

Remember, the income/losses from your LLC will “flow through” to your personal 1040 tax return on a Schedule C, as well as additional Schedules depending on how you derive your income.

Tip: The above language really confused a lot of people. Notice that we said “taxed as”. This means, in the eyes of the law, your New Hampshire LLC is still a separate legal entity from you, but the IRS is treating your New Hampshire LLC differently (just for tax purposes). Technically, your LLC is still an “LLC legal entity” with the state and the law, but your LLC is a “tax entity” (either a Sole Proprietorship or Partnership) with the IRS.

Additionally, your tax professional may recommend that your New Hampshire LLC be taxed as a Corporation with the IRS. In that case, your LLC can be taxed as a C-Corp or your LLC can be taxed as an S-Corp. You’ll need to discuss this with your tax professional though, as this usually only works for certain types of businesses, and those businesses that are making close to (or over) $100,000 per year. Typically though, having an LLC taxed as an S-Corp (once revenue is near/over $100k per year) can save you at least a few thousand dollars per year in self-employment taxes).

Our Recommendation

Calculating your tax obligations in New Hampshire (and with the IRS) can be complicated and if done improperly can negatively impact your LLC.

We recommend that you get help from a tax professional once your LLC in New Hampshire is formed. You can use Thumbtack or Yelp.

Hiring a tax professional will not only help you keep your New Hampshire LLC in compliance, but it will also give you an advisor to go to for other business questions.

You’ll want someone who’s a good fit for your company, makes you feel comfortable, and is willing to answer all of your questions. It should be someone you like personally as well as professionally. We recommend talking with at least 2-3 people before making your final decision.

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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