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Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

S Corporation Status

Corporations may elect to register in New Jersey as a Sub-Chapter S corporation. Since the S corporation status for federal purposes does not automatically flow through for New Jersey state purposes, you must apply for S corporation status in this state and receive approval of the election. Without this filing and approval, your filings in New Jersey will be considered as those of a standard C corporation with all the rates that apply to that designation.

The steps to apply for S Corp status in New Jersey are as follows:

For the election to be in effect for the current tax year, the New Jersey S Corporation Election must be filed within 3 ½ months from the beginning of the fiscal year. For example, filing of the election for a fiscal period beginning July 1 must be done by October 15.

Every shareholder of the corporation must consent to this election. Out-of-state corporations must be authorized to do business in New Jersey.

Once an election is made and accepted, a corporation may remain a New Jersey S corporation as long as it is a Federal S corporation. To revoke an election, a letter of revocation must be filed with the NJ Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, using the online SCORP application, signed by all shareholders holding more than 50% of the outstanding shares of stock on the day of the revocation and filed with a copy of the original election form. The filing deadline for a letter of revocation is on or before the last day of the first tax year of the election.

Subchapter S Corporation (S Corp) and Qualified Subsidiary S Corporation (QSSS) elections.

Please be aware most S Corp and QSSS elections may now be filed online using our new S Corp Filing Service. However, it takes up to a week for your business to be fully added to our business registry database. Please wait until the Tuesday after registering before using the online S Corp Filing Service.

Last Updated: Thursday, 04/06/23