New Hampshire Corporation
Advantages and Disadvantages



New Hampshire Corporation Advantages and Disadvantages





Should I Incoprorate in New Hampshire ?

A corporation, chartered by the state in which it is headquartered, is considered by law to be a unique entity, separate and apart from those who own it. A corporation can be taxed; it can be sued; it can enter into contractual agreements. The owners of a corporation are its shareholders. The shareholders elect a board of directors to oversee the major policies and decisions. The corporation has a life of its own and does not dissolve when ownership changes.

License Requirements

New Hampshire requires most businesses to obtain a license and pay a fee if operating in the district. Please check with the district to make sure your business is complying with the license requirements for your particular profession.

New Hampshire Advantages and Disadvantages of a Corporation

Advantages of a Corporation

  • Shareholders have limited liability for the corporation's debts or judgments against the corporations.
  • Generally, shareholders can only be held accountable for their investment in stock of the company. (Note however, that officers can be held personally liable for their actions, such as the failure to withhold and pay employment taxes.)
  • Corporations can raise additional funds through the sale of stock.
  • A corporation may deduct the cost of benefits it provides to officers and employees.
  • Can elect S Corporation status if certain requirements are met. This election enables company to be taxed similar to a partnership.
  • A corporation pays 15% federal income tax on taxable income up to $50,000; 25% tax on income from $50,001 - $75,000; 34% tax on income from $75,001 - $100,000; 39% tax on income from $100,001 - $335,000; and 34% tax on income over $335,000.
  • A sole proprietor who filed a federal income tax return under the status of married, filing jointly, would pay 15% federal income tax on taxable income up to $35,800; 28% tax on income from $35,801 to 86,500; and 31% tax on income over $86,501.

Disadvantages of a Corporation

  • The process of incorporation requires more time and money than other forms of organization.
  • Corporations are monitored by federal, state and some local agencies, and as a result may have more paperwork to comply with regulations.
  • Incorporating may result in higher overall taxes. Dividends paid to shareholders are not deductible form business income, thus this income can be taxed twice.

Federal Tax Forms for Regular or "C" Corporations

  • Form 1120 or 1120-A: Corporation Income Tax Return
  • Form 1120-W Estimated Tax for Corporation
  • Form 8109-B Deposit Coupon
  • Form 4625 Depreciation



New Hampshire's 2008 Business Tax Climate Ranks 7th

New Hampshire ranks 7th in the nation's State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes; individual income taxes; sales taxes; unemployment insurance taxes; and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property. Neighboring states ranked as follows: Vermont (44th), Maine (41st) and Massachusetts (34th).

New Hampshire's Individual Income Tax System

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 5% flat income tax only applies to dividend and interest income. As a result many citizens have little or no income tax liability. New Hampshire's 2005 individual income tax collections were $52 per person, which ranked 42nd highest nationally.

New Hampshire's Corporate Income Tax System

New Hampshire's corporate tax structure consists of two brackets, with a top rate of 9.25% kicking in at an income level of $150,000. Among states levying corporate income taxes, this top rate ranks the state 6th highest nationally. In 2006, state-level corporate tax collections (excluding local taxes) were $412.69 per capita, which ranked 2nd highest nationally.


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