WHAT IS AN ANNUAL REPORT?
In New Hampshire, an annual report is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every year. The report is essentially updating your registered agent address and paying a $100 fee. All LLCs are required to file their annual report with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the state of New Hampshire. This allows creditors and other interested parties to look up your business address in case they need to contact you. The government uses this information to track the payment of your LLC's state taxes.
Learn more about annual reports by reading our article, What is an LLC Annual Report?
HOW DO I FILE?
You can file your LLC’s annual report through the New Hampshire Secretary of State Corporation Division website. You will need to login to your Secretary of State account to file.
File your New Hampshire LLC Annual ReportFile Online
Instructions: You will need your LLC State ID number. If you do not know your i.d. number, you can use the business entity search to find it.
Filing deadlines: New Hampshire's Annual Report is due by April 1 each year.
Penalties for late filings: New Hampshire charges a $50 penalty for missing the filing deadline. After 2 years without filing an annual report, LLCs will be dissolved.
SHOULD I USE A REGISTERED AGENT SERVICE?
A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf. By using a registered agent service, you can ensure that your LLC's reports are always filed on time to the appropriate government agency. Here are the three main advantages to using a registered agent service for your LLC:
1. Avoid penalties of late filing: In New Hampshire, an LLC will eventually be dissolved for failure to file annual reports. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- 2. You will have flexibility: A registered agent can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours, so that you have to be on the job from 9-5 every week. You can also use a registered agent service to form an LLC in other states where you don't already have an established business presence.
- 3. You will have privacy: Using a registered agent allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your personal privacy. Additionally, in the unfortunate event that your LLC is sued, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent address, rather than at your place of business in front of your employees.
Learn more about a registered agent by reading our article, What is a Registered Agent?
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