Establishing a company in New Jersey

New Jersey is a small U.S. state located in the Northeast along the Atlantic coast. New Jersey borders on New York to its north and east, Pennsylvania to its west, and tiny Delaware to its southeast. It has 9 million residents, and is the fourth smallest state in terms of area, although densely population. Despite being an independent state, New Jersey is actually situated between the huge metropolitans of nearby New York and Philadelphia. During the early days of Western settlement in the 17th century, the Dutch and Swedes established small towns in the region, and later the British took control of the land and named it for the Isle of Jersey, located between England and France.

The majority of the population resides in the north part of the state near Manhattan, and many citizens commute daily to New York but return to home New Jersey where the price of living is much lower. The number of people drops more southward you travel, and the landscape becomes more natural and wooded. The climate in this small state is different in each county, but generally summers are hot and humid, and winters particularly cold with temperatures dropping below zero. The capital is Trenton, and the largest city is Newark. In addition to English, which is obviously the official language, New Jersey also has a number of ethnic minorities that each speak their own language, including Hispanics, Italians, Poles, Koreans and Indians.

  • Although Las Vegas in the west is well-known as the gambling and casino capital of the U.S., Atlantic City in New Jersey offers all those delights in a resort city in the northeast. From 1978 onwards gambling has been legal in this beach town on the Atlantic coast, and it has a wealth of casinos, luxury hotels and tourist attractions.
  • New Jersey has more restaurants per square mile than any other state in the U.S., mostly diners. The most popular and recommended specialities include native-grown tomatoes, sweet corn, and berries (the state is the world blueberry capital).
  • Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra were both born in New Jersey and began their musical careers there.
  • The “Six Flags Great Adventure” park was officiously declared the largest amusement park in the world in 2013, offering dozens of rides, including the highest rollercoaster ever recorded.

GDP is 487 billion USD and per capita income is 54,700 USD; the state is regularly ranked among the highest in per capita income in the U.S. The major industries are the medical and pharmaceutical industry, a developed financial sector, chemical sector, media, food manufacture, oil storage, a shipping and docking port for huge liners and containers, electric products and printing. Furthermore, tourism provides a significant revenue source, and there is still a huge and developed agricultural sector. The state has dozens of Fortune 500 companies that have determined their headquarters there, so it offers a high-quality and efficient business environment for offshore companies wishing to incorporate there. New Jersey is ranked among the highest in terms for per capita contribution to U.S. federal taxes (taxes paid to the federal government), but ranked almost last in terms of public spending of the state itself. This means that for every dollar paid by New Jersey taxpayers they only get 0.61 dollars back.

General Information

Type of company


Relevant Companies Law

New Jersey Business Corporation Act


New Jersey law requires companies to provide a local office address

Language of original incorporation documents


Finance and Taxation



Corporate tax rate

0% - On the condition that company owners are not residents, do not conduct business in the U.S., and have no sources of income from within the U.S.

Standard share capital


Office Holders

Company Secretary (Secretary)

Obligation to appoint company secretary

Not required

Obligation to appoint local secretary


Type of entity that may function as company secretary



Obligation to appoint company director

Required (called “manager” – not “director”)

Obligation to appoint local company director

Not required

Minimum number of directors


Type of entity that may serve as company director



Obligation to register shareholders

Required (called “members” – not “shareholders”)

Obligation to register local shareholders


Minimum number of shareholders


Type of entity that may register as shareholder

Individual and/or company

Type of shares


Accessibility of Information

Company registrar

information regarding office holders is accessible to the public

Annual Assembly and Reporting

Obligation to hold annual assembly


Obligation to prepare financial reports


Obligation to submit financial reports


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