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LLC TaxesAfter you start a New Jersey LLC, there are two main types of ongoing filings. The first is the Annual Report with the state, and the other is taxes.

Paying taxes is an important part of running a business, but figuring out which taxes you need to pay can be a pain.

This lesson will provide you with general resources and the basics of New Jersey LLC tax filing requirements.

What taxes does a Limited Liability Company pay in New Jersey?

Each LLC has a different tax situation, so the taxes paid for a New Jersey LLC varies.
LLC Cost

The amount of taxes owed for your LLC depends on rules like:

  • how your LLC is taxed
  • state and local tax rules
  • any sales and use tax requirements, or
  • whether you have employees

Additionally, some business types are required to register for industry-specific taxes.

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Pro Tip: We recommend hiring an accountant to ensure your LLC meets all of its tax obligations.

We also recommend getting an EIN Number for your LLC. An EIN is also called a Federal Tax Identification Number. They mean the same thing.

Not only will an EIN number be used to open an LLC bank account, but it will also be used for filing taxes with the local, state, and federal governments.

LLC pass-through taxation (Who pays the taxes?)

By default, LLCs don’t pay taxes.

Instead, the LLC Members are responsible for reporting the income (or losses) on their personal 1040 tax return. The Members pay taxes on any LLC profits. This is because of LLC pass-through taxation.

Simply put, pass-through taxation means the responsibility for reporting tax information from an LLC “passes through” the LLC to the LLC Members.

How are LLCs taxed in New Jersey?

By default, a New Jersey LLC is taxed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) based on the number of Members the LLC has. Then the New Jersey Division of Taxation honors this and taxes your LLC the same way at the state level.

An LLC with 1 owner (Single-Member LLC) is taxed like a Sole Proprietorship.

An LLC with 2 or more owners (Multi-Member LLC) is taxed like a Partnership.

The above are referred to as the “default status“. Meaning, they are automatically applied based on the number of LLC Members.

Alternatively, you have the option of requesting an “elective status” for your LLC. This is done by filing an extra form with the IRS. Once granted, this elective status means the IRS will treat your LLC as a Corporation (either an S-Corporation or C-Corporation) for tax purposes.

Note: Your New Jersey LLC Operating Agreement should also include information about how your LLC is taxed.

Federal Income Taxes

There are several different options for how the IRS can treat your LLC for tax purposes.

Single-Member LLC taxes (default status)

The IRS treats all Single-Member LLCs as Disregarded Entities for tax purposes. This just means that the IRS doesn’t expect the LLC to file its own federal income tax return.

Instead, the owner of the Single-Member LLC files the return (and pays the federal income taxes).

How the LLC pays federal income tax is determined by who owns the LLC:

Multi-Member LLC taxes (default status)

If an LLC has two or more owners, the LLC is taxed like a Partnership.

The LLC needs to file a 1065 Partnership Return and issue a Schedule K-1 to the LLC owners.

The K-1s report each owner’s distributive share of profits. And the K-1 income “flows through” to the owners. The income taxes are then paid by each owner on their personal income tax return (Form 1040).

Husband and Wife LLC taxes

You may have heard that in some states, a husband and wife LLC has the option to file taxes as a Single-Member LLC (aka Qualified Joint Venture) instead of a Multi-Member LLC.

This is true for community property states (like Texas). That said, New Jersey isn’t a community property state, which means Qualified Joint Ventures are not available in this state.

Electing to have your LLC taxed as a Corporation

Instead of the default statuses above, a Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be taxed like a Corporation.

Note: We recommend speaking with an accountant before making a corporate election.

There are two types of corporate elections:

  • S-Corporation
  • C-Corporation

LLC taxed as an S-Corporation (elective status)

By filing Form 2553 with the IRS, your LLC can request to be taxed like an S-Corporation.

Being taxed as an S-Corp can help businesses (with established profits) save money on self-employment taxes.

Tip: There are additional expenses to having your LLC taxed as an S-Corporation Most new business owners shouldn’t make this tax election until their business is established and revenue is consistent. Once there is at least $70,000 in annual net income per LLC Member, we recommend speaking to your accountant about this option.

LLC taxed as an C-Corporation (elective status)

By filing Form 8832 with the IRS, your LLC can request to be taxed like a C-Corporation.

Being taxed as a C-Corp can help large employers save money on healthcare fringe benefits.

Note: This election is not common. Most of our readers don’t choose to have their LLC taxed as a C-Corporation.

New Jersey State Income Tax for New Jersey LLCs

Single-Member LLCs in New Jersey: The LLC itself usually doesn’t file a state-level return. However, the owner files a personal state-level return that includes the LLC’s profits or losses.

Multi-Member LLCs in New Jersey: The LLC itself may need to file a Partnership return at the state-level. And the owners file a personal state-level return that include the LLC’s profits or losses.

There are other types of New Jersey business tax that apply to certain industries and types of businesses.

We recommend hiring an accountant to prepare and file your state income taxes.

You can also contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation for more information about New Jersey state taxes.

Local Income Tax for New Jersey LLCs

You and/or your LLC may need to file and pay income taxes with your local municipality (town, city, county, etc.).

We recommend hiring an accountant to prepare and file your local income taxes.

You can also contact your municipality to check on their requirements.

New Jersey Sales Tax

If you sell products to consumers in New Jersey, you may need to collect sales tax and get a Seller’s Permit. You can get a Seller’s Permit from the New Jersey Division of Taxation (DOT).

A Seller’s Permit is the license that allows you to collect sales tax on retail sales in the state where you do business. It’s sometimes also called a:

  • resale license
  • wholesale license
  • sales tax permit/license
  • reseller permit

The sales tax license in New Jersey is called a “Sales Tax Certificate of Authority”. They all mean the same thing and we may use these terms interchangeably.

You can register for New Jersey business taxes with the NJ Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services using the New Jersey Online Business Registration.

And you can read more information about New Jersey sales tax from these New Jersey DOT resources:

For more information on permits, read New Jersey Business Licenses and Permits.

And if you have any questions about whether you need a Seller’s Permit, you can contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation at 609-292-6400.

Tip: Save time by hiring an expert. We recommend using TaxJar. They'll help you register for, collect, and pay sales tax.

New Jersey LLC Payroll Taxes

If your New Jersey LLC will have employees, you must submit payroll taxes. Payroll taxes are essentially a group of taxes and filings, including:

  • Federal income tax withholding
  • State income tax withholding
  • Social Security tax
  • Medicare tax
  • Federal unemployment taxes (FUTA)
  • State unemployment taxes (SUTA)
  • Local/county deductions
  • Employee deductions

As an employer in New Jersey, you need to set up payroll, withhold payroll taxes from employees’ paychecks, and then submit those filings and taxes to various state and government agencies.

Although you can file payroll taxes yourself, the calculations can be burdensome and very complex. And if done improperly can lead to penalties and fines. Most people hire a payroll company or ask their accountant for help.

Our favorite payroll company is Gusto Payroll. They’ll automate and take care of your payroll taxes.

For more New Jersey payroll tax resources, please see the references section at the bottom of this page.

Managing your books & staying organized

You can keep track of income and expenses using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. Or you can use software to help automate things and save time.

The accounting software we recommend is Quickbooks Online.

Working with an accountant

As you can see, figuring out the different types of taxes you owe can be complicated, let alone how to properly fill out all the forms. And doing taxes improperly or missing deadlines can be harmful to your business

We strongly recommend working with an experienced accountant in New Jersey to help make sure you file your federal, state, and local taxes correctly.

Check out our guide on how to find an accountant.

New Jersey Division of Taxation Contact Information

There are other types of New Jersey business tax that apply to certain industries and types of businesses.

You can contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation at 609-292-6400 for more information about New Jersey state taxes.

New Jersey LLC Taxes FAQs

Do I have to pay an annual fee for my LLC in New Jersey?

Yes, all New Jersey LLCs have to pay an annual fee by filing a New Jersey LLC Annual Report every year. This is separate from the federal, state, and local taxes that you pay.

The LLC Annual Report is filed with the NJ Division of Revenue & Enterprise Services. It is not a tax paid to the New Jersey Division of Taxation.

The Annual Report for New Jersey LLCs costs $75 per year. This is paid every year for the life of your LLC.

How much is an LLC in New Jersey?

New Jersey LLC Costs include:

$125 to form your New Jersey LLC (to submit your Public Records Filing and receive your LLC Certificate of Formation).

$75 in annual fees (to file your LLC Annual Report).

$150 in annual fees (called the Minimum Partner Tax if you have a Multi-Member LLC).

Do I need to file a New Jersey state tax return for my LLC?

Maybe – it depends on what type of LLC you have.

Single-Member LLC taxed as a Sole Proprietorship: No. You only need to file your personal tax return (Federal Form 1040 and New Jersey Form NJ-1040) and include your LLC profits on the return.

Multi-Member LLC taxed as a Partnership: Yes. Your LLC must file an IRS Form 1065 and a New Jersey Partnership Return (Form NJ-1065).

LLC taxed as a Corporation: Yes. Your LLC must file tax returns with the IRS and the New Jersey Division of Taxation to pay your New Jersey income tax. Check with your accountant to make sure you file all the correct documents.

How do I know my LLC tax classification?

You can tell your LLC’s tax classification by looking at how many Members are in your LLC.

This is because LLCs receive their tax classification from the IRS based on the number of Members (owners) your LLC has.

If you have one Member, your LLC is taxed as a Sole Proprietorship.

If your LLC has more than one Member, your LLC is taxed as a Partnership.

This is called being taxed in your default status. Meaning, you don’t have to file any paperwork to let the IRS know that’s how your LLC will be taxed because they tax LLCs that way by default.

However, in order for your LLC to be taxed as a Corporation, you or your accountant would have to file paperwork with the IRS letting them know you’ve chosen to be taxed as a Corporation.

And then the IRS would mail you an Approval Letter to confirm you’ve chosen the Corporate tax election for your LLC.

Note: Being taxed as a Corporation is rare for LLCs, so most people don’t need to worry about this.

And if you’re still unsure about how your LLC is taxed, we recommend calling your accountant or the IRS (1-800-829-4933). To speak to a live person at the IRS, press option 1, option 1 again, and then option 3.

How to start an LLC in New Jersey?

Here are the steps for starting an LLC in New Jersey:

  1. Choose an LLC name and make sure it’s available
  2. Choose who will be your New Jersey Registered Agent
  3. File the New Jersey LLC Public Records Filing
  4. Complete and sign an LLC Operating Agreement
  5. Get a Tax ID Number (EIN) from the IRS
  6. Open an LLC bank account
  7. Check whether you need a business or sales tax license in New Jersey
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8 comments on “New Jersey Taxes”

Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

  1. Hi,
    I had an LLC in New Jersey with my siblings but I live in Pa.The LLC was my mothers house and we finally sold it so now we are closing the LLC account and distributed earnings amongst us. My portion was taxed 50 percent for New Jersey while the siblings in New Jersey got taxed the normal rate. Can you explain this procedure to me as I can’t seem to understand this high taxation. Thank you.. Jill

    • Hi Jill, I’m honestly not sure as we’re not a tax firm. It’s best to ask an accountant about that. Thank you for your understanding.

  2. Thank you for all the information provided. I came across it three days ago, and I was able to create and llc on day one and today I just finished my registration. Just one question on the reseller permit. The reseller permit pdf you provided, do we have to file this with the state to get a reseller permit? Or is the pdf the reseller permit and we just have to fill it out and present a copy to the merchant we are buying from?

    Thanks, 😊

    • Hi Kaya, you’re very welcome! Awesome! You don’t have to file the Reseller Permit with the state. You simply provide it to the seller. Hope that helps :)

  3. I have an multi-member LLC which opened in 2018. I am finally expecting a profit and want to be taxed as an S Corporation beginning 2020. I have filed IRS Form 2553; is that accurate?

    What are the steps for NJ. I reviewed form NJ CBT-2553; but it’s asking for “Name of Corporation” but I am not a corporation.

    Please advise. Thank You!

    • Hi Johnny, yes, that is correct. To have your LLC taxed as an S-Corporation with the IRS, you’ll file Form 2553. At the state level in New Jersey, the form is CBT-2553. I agree with you though… that “corporation” language is confusing. But it is the correct form. LLCs in New Jersey also use CBT-2553. The NJ Division of Taxation uses the word “corporation” on this form to mean any legal entity. Hope that helps!

  4. I have not been required to file state or federal income tax returns for a number of years because my income is mostly from social security. Last year I form an llc that has done no business yet. I read that I don’t have to file a tax return with the IRS, however, I am not sure whe there I have to file one with the state of NJ.

    • Hi Robert, we’re unable to address these types of questions. Would be best to run that by an accountant. Thanks for your understanding.

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