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Why incorporate in New Hampshire

Business Information & Rankings

  • New Hampshire’s state/local tax burden percentage ranks it 2nd lowest in the nation behind Alaska. (The Tax Foundation, 2005)
  • New Hampshire ranked 5th in the State Business Tax Climate Index. (The Tax Foundation, 2005)
  • New Hampshire ranked 12th for average high-tech wages. (Cyberstates 2005: A State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry)

Cost of Living Index

For Manchester, NH (2005):Index Score

Crime Rate

New Hampshire has the 3rd lowest overall crime ranking in the U.S. (FBI, 2004)

Fees & Taxes

Business Inventory Tax
Business inventory is exempt.

Corporate Income Tax
New Hampshire’s corporate tax structure consists of a simple flat tax of 8.5% on all corporate income.

Personal Income Tax
New Hampshire has a flat tax rate of 5.0%. With no separate tax brackets, New Hampshire income tax only applies to dividend and interest income (not ordinary income). As a result many individuals have little or no income tax liability.

Personal Property Tax
Taxable. As one of only two states that tax neither sales nor wages, New Hampshire is heavily dependent on property tax revenue. However, several states collect more than New Hampshire in property taxes.

State Sales and Use Tax
Base Rate: None
Machinery Rate: None

Unemployment Insurance
New Hampshire’s new employers’ rate is 2.7% for 1 year.