New Hampshire Revenue Administration Department Logo
Website Name - an official New Hampshire Government website
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

Frequently Asked Questions - Business Enterprise Tax

Need Help?

Call (603) 230-5920
M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  back to top

What is the Business Enterprise Tax (BET)

For taxable periods ending before December 31, 2016, a 0.75% tax is assessed on the enterprise value tax base, which is the sum of all compensation paid or accrued, interest paid or accrued, and dividends paid by the business enterprise, after special adjustments and apportionment.

For taxable periods ending on or after December 31, 2016, the BET rate is reduced to 0.72%.

For taxable periods ending on or after December 31, 2018, the BET rate is reduced to 0.675%, contingent upon combined unrestricted general and education trust fund revenues of $4.64 billion being collected during the biennium ending June 30, 2017. On or about December 31, 2017, the Legislative Budget Assistant will report on whether revenue collections have met the threshold. The Department will issue a Technical Information Release at that time advising taxpayers of the applicable BET rate for taxable periods ending on or after December 31, 2018.

Who pays it?

For taxable periods ending on or after December 31, 2013, enterprises with more than $200,000 of gross receipts from all their activities, or an enterprise value tax base more than $100,000, are required to file a return.

For taxable periods ending on or after December 31, 2015, enterprises with more than $207,000 of gross receipts from all their activities, or an enterprise value tax base more than $103,000, are required to file a return.

Pursuant to RSA 77-E:5, I, the Commissioner of DRA biennially adjusts the BET filing thresholds for inflation, rounding to the nearest $1,000, using the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, Northeast Region as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor using the amount published for the month of June in the year prior to the start of the tax year.

When is the return due?

For taxable periods beginning on or before December 31, 2015, Ccorporate returns are due on the 15th day of the 3rd month following the end of the taxable period. Proprietorship, partnership and fiduciary returns are due on the 15th day of the 4th month following the end of the taxable period. Non-profit returns are due on the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of the taxable period.

For taxable periods beginning after December 31, 2015, partnership returns are due on the 15th day of the 3rd month following the end of the taxable period. Corporate, proprietorship, fiduciary and combined returns are due on the 15th day of the 4th month following the end of the taxable period. Non-profit returns are due on the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of the taxable period.

Do I have to make estimated payments?

Yes, for taxable periods ending on or after December 31, 2013, if your estimated tax liability exceeds $260. Four estimate payments are required, paid at 25% each on the 15th day of the 4th, 6th, 9th and 12th month of the taxable period.

For taxable periods ending before December 31, 2013, if your estimated tax liability exceeds $200, four estimate payments are required, paid at 25% each on the 15th day of the 4th, 6th, 9th and 12th month of the taxable period.


  back to top

Who do I contact with questions?

Call Central Tax Services at (603) 230-5920.

I am not required to file a BET return, why do you want the form?

If the BET return is not required, you must check NO in Step 2 on Form BT-Summary, otherwise the Department assumes you are required to file the BET return. All taxpayers must file the Form BT-Summary to report the correct name and address information, summarize the taxes due and payment information and sign the return.

Where can I obtain more information?

For more information, you may review RSA 77-E and NH Code of Administrative Rules, Rev 2400.

Are guaranteed payments to partners included in BET base?

Yes

Who pays BET on intercompany dividends?

The affiliate and the parent can deduct the dividend.

Can unused BET credit be carried forward to future years and for how long?

Any unused BET credit from taxable periods ending before December 31, 2014 may be carried forward for 5 years from the taxable peiord in which it was paid; and any unused BET credit from taxable periods ending on or after December 31, 2014 may be carried forward for 10 years from the taxable period in which it was paid.

Is interest paid to depositors included in the BET base of a bank?

Yes

Is a non-profit organization required to file the BET return?

Yes, if it meets the filing requirements and is not an organization exempt from federal taxes as described in Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).


  back to top

When should an "employee Leasing Company" include payments made to its "leased employees" for services provided to the Employee Leasing Company's customers (the "servicing company(s)" in their capacity as a "leased employee" in its Business Enterprise Tax Base?

If the leasing company qualifies as the "employer" (paying the W-2 wages of the leased employee) the compensation factor would apply to the leasing company. Therefore, the compensation paid or accrued by the leasing company would be included in the tax base of that enterprise if that enterprise issued the individuals federal W-2 statement. However, effective July 1, 2015 an employee leasing company and client company may elect to make the client company solely responsible for including the wages of a leased employee in the compensation portion of the client company enterprise value tax base.

RSAs 77-E:1, V; 77-E:1,VII; 77-E:1,VIII and Rev. 2402.01


New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration
Governor Hugh Gallen State Office Park
109 Pleasant Street (Medical & Surgical Building), Concord NH
(603) 230-5000  |  
TDD Access Relay NH: 1-800-735-2964  |  
fax: (603) 230-5945
Contact the Webmaster