In most states, the Secretary of State has an office for corporate and other business filings. However, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury Division of Revenue handles registrations for New Jersey corporations. The state has an online filing system for the formation of new businesses. Filers may start either a for-profit or nonprofit corporation in New Jersey by using the online system to register and pay for their new corporation.
Access the “Online Business Entity Filing System” page on the official State of New Jersey website. The official website hosts the Treasury Department’s corporate filing system. You may find this page at state.
Click on the “Tips on Name Searching and Name Restrictions” link. In the window that pops up, you can find the legal requirements and restrictions for your New Jersey corporation business name. For example, you must include “Inc.” or a similar designation but exclude words like “Banking” to avoid consumer confusion.
Note: If you wish you may also download and use a paper form to start a New Jersey nonprofit or business corporation. Click on “New Jersey Business Gateway” and then “Certificates of Incorporation” in the popup window (see above). You then click on “Complete Business Registration Packet” to get printable corporation filing forms.
Follow the prompts of the online filing system to create your New Jersey business. However, you definitely need to know what you intend to do with your business before you start this process. For example, if you wish to file a New Jersey nonprofit, you are going to need to know how to qualify for a federal tax exemption. You should consult a New Jersey business attorney if you have any questions. Refer to Publication 557 on the IRS.gov website before you fill out “Articles of Incorporation” for your New Jersey nonprofit organization. With respect to business corporations, if you are unfamiliar with the complexities of business law, you should consult an attorney about how to structure your corporation.
Complete filling out the filing forms. You will also fill out tax and employer forms when you file your corporate business in New Jersey. The state does a better job of consolidating registration requirements into one package than most states. However, remember that your particular business may have additional registration requirements not found in the online filing system or paper registration packet.
Pay the filing fees. As of 2010, the fee for obtaining a “Certificate of Incorporation” for a business corporation is $125. The fee for a nonprofit in New Jersey is $75. Use the filing address in the filing packet to send in or personally deliver the filing documents if you are using the paper forms.
New Jersey Department of the Treasury Business Registration Packet
List of New Jersey Corporation and Business Recording Fees
New Jersey Division of Revenue Online Business Filing System