How Do I Form a Kansas LLC?
To start the formation process, you must submit Articles of Organization to the Kansas Secretary of State and pay the filing fee. After that, get your company up and running with tax registration, an operating agreement, and a bank account.
- File Kansas LLC Articles of Organization
- Pay the filing fee: $160 online or $165 by mail
- Get a (free) Employer Identification Number from the IRS
- Write a Kansas LLC Operating Agreement
- Open a Kansas LLC bank account
- Register with the Kansas Department of Revenue
Or, you can hire us to handle your Kansas LLC formation for you. We’ll file your Articles, provide you with custom internal documents (including an operating agreement), and more—all in a secure, online account. We have everything you need to get your LLC started today!
FILING KANSAS LLC ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION
Filing Kansas LLC Articles of Organization involves providing key information about your business, such as what you’re going to name your company and who you want as your registered agent.
WHAT’S LISTED ON MY KANSAS LLC ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION?
- Company Name
Your Kansas LLC’s name must include the words “Limited Company,” “Limited Liability Company” or an abbreviation. Your name can’t already be in use by another entity in Kansas. Use Kansas Business Center’s Name Search to check availability.
- Kansas Resident Agent
Hire us, and we’ll be your resident agent. Alternatively, you could put your own name or a different business, but know that a resident agent needs to be easily and regularly available.
- Kansas Registered Office
A registered office is the business office maintained by the resident agent.
- Mailing Address
This address is where the Kansas Secretary of State will send your official mail. Remember that the Articles are a permanent public record—putting your own address exposes your information and opens you up to junk mail. At Kansas Registered Agent LLC, we’re happy to sort through the junk. We can open and scan your mail the same day.
- Tax Closing Month
Most Kansas LLCs operate on a calendar year. In this case, the tax closing month is December. You can, however, choose a fiscal year with a different tax closing month. A fiscal year must be a 12-month period.
- Effective Date
This is the date that you want your Kansas LLC to begin its existence. You can choose a date up to 90 days after filing.
HOW DO I SUBMIT KANSAS LLC ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION?
You can submit Kansas LLC Articles of Organization either online or by mail.
- Create a KanAccess Account
KanAccess is the online portal used for business registration activities. To use KanAccess, click “Sign Up” on the homepage. Enter your name, email address and a password. A confirmation email will be sent with a link to activate your account. There’s no fee for signing up.
- Sign In and Complete the Articles of Organization
After you sign in, you can select “Business Entity Formation” and “Kansas limited liability company.” Answer the questions about your company.
- Pay Your Filing Fee
The online filing fee is $160. There are three payment options: credit card, electronic check, or subscriber account. Online filing is immediate, and you can print a receipt.
Paper forms are available from the Kansas Business Center. The filing fee is $165 ($5 more than the online fee), payable by check or money order. Standard processing is 3-5 business days.
OUR KANSAS LLC FORMATION SERVICES
Ready to launch your Kansas LLC? Our fast formation package provides you with everything you need to get started today at one low price: $309.
Kansas Formation Service
1 Year Resident Agent Service
State Filing Fees
Sign up and answer a few brief questions about your business. Within 24 hours, we’ll create and file your Kansas LLC Articles of Organization, and you’ll receive:
- 1-Year Premium Kansas Resident Agent Service
- Expert Customer Service Support
- Custom Operating Agreement and Membership Certificates
- Electronic Delivery of Your Documents
- Annual Report Reminders and Compliance Notifications
- Instant Access to Services Through Our Secure Online Portal
- Address Privacy—Our Address on Public Records (Not Yours)
- Ready In-Hand LLC with Everything Needed to Open an LLC Bank Account
FAQ FOR KANSAS LLCS
DO I NEED A KANSAS LLC RESIDENT AGENT?
Yes, Kansas Statute §17-7925 requires LLCs to have and maintain a resident agent in Kansas. Our formation package includes a year of expert Kansas resident agent service. A resident agent maintains a registered office and accepts service of process, legal documents and official notifications for your LLC.
What is service of process?
Service of process is the notification of a lawsuit. A court summons is an example of service of process.
Is a “resident agent” the same as a “registered agent?”
Yes—some places use the term “resident agent” and others use “registered agent.” Kansas Statute §17-7925 specifically equates the words, saying that any use of the phrase “registered agent” shall be deemed to mean “resident agent.”
Why do I need a Kansas resident agent?
The state needs to ensure that businesses are available to receive and respond quickly to important communication. And you don’t need to waste your time sorting through spam—and potentially missing important documents.
For just $49 a year, Kansas Registered Agent LLC can provide you premium resident agent service.
IS AN EIN REQUIRED FOR MY KANSAS LLC?
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a tax ID assigned by the IRS to your business for federal tax purposes. Not every LLC needs an EIN, but most do. Your LLC must have an EIN if any of the following is true:
- You have employees
- You file Employment, Excise, or Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns
- You withhold taxes on income (other than wages) paid to a non-resident alien
- You have a Keogh plan
- You are involved in a trust, estate, real estate mortgage investment conduit, non-profit organization, farmer co-op, or are a plan administrator
How do I get an EIN?
You can apply for an EIN at no cost from the IRS. If you’d prefer we complete this application on your behalf, you can add on EIN service to our formation package for $50.
IS MY KANSAS LLC EXEMPT FROM KANSAS BUSINESS TAXES?
Not quite. Although Kansas does have some pretty favorable tax laws for LLCs—and LLCs themselves don’t have to file a corporate net income tax return—there are plenty of other specific business taxes. Your LLC may need to manage sales tax, tobacco or liquor taxes, fuel taxes and even water protection fees. The Kansas Department of Revenue has a list of common business taxes and forms to file.
DO I NEED A BUSINESS LICENSE FOR A KANSAS LLC?
No, Kansas doesn’t require a general state business license. There are, however a variety of professional licenses and permits for everything from bakeries to car rental agencies. Kansas Business Center provides a list of Common Business Licenses / Permits.
WHAT IS A KANSAS LLC ANNUAL REPORT?
The Kansas Secretary of State requires an annual report in order to stay current on your LLC’s contact and ownership information. For you, however, it’s mostly a headache, an easy-to-forget filing that costs $50-55. Our service includes reminder notifications to help you stay in compliance.
When is my Kansas LLC Annual Report due?
The due date depends on your tax closing month. The due date is the 15th day of the fourth month after your tax closing month. So, if your tax closing month is December, your report is due April 15th.
How can I submit my report?
You can submit your Kansas LLC Annual Report online or download the form from the Kansas Business Center.
What’s the fee?
Online submissions are $50, payable by credit card or electronic check. Paper submissions are $55, payable by check or money order.
DOES MY KANSAS LLC NEED AN OPERATING AGREEMENT?
Operating agreements aren’t required by law, and they’re not filed with any state agencies. However, putting your LLC’s internal rules into clearly written language is a smart move and can help resolve member disputes. Some banks will want to see your operating agreement before they will let your LLC open an account. At Kansas Registered Agent LLC, we include a free, custom operating agreement as part of our formation package.
What should I include in an operating agreement?
Some common topics include initial members and their contributions, management structure, rights and responsibilities of members and managers, voting rights, how meetings will be conducted, and how profits and losses will be distributed.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A KANSAS LLC?
- Easy to Manage
Overall, an LLC is easier to manage than a corporation. They don’t require formalized meetings, and it’s possible for members to make decisions more quickly and easily. LLCs are great for small businesses that don’t need a lot of formal management.
- Fewer Formal Requirements
Again, with an LLC, there are no annual meetings. No meeting minutes. No Board of Directors. You don’t even have to have managers.
- No Double Taxation
LLCs are pass-through entities, meaning the business itself isn’t taxed at the entity-level. A corporation, on the other hand, has to pay a corporate net income tax. Afterwards, the corporation distributes profits to shareholders, who then report these profits on their individual tax returns—where they are taxed again. LLCs can avoid this double taxation.
FORM YOUR KANSAS LLC TODAY!
We make it easy by giving you everything you need with our total formation package. Keep your personal information (like your mailing address) out of public records with our organizers and resident agent services. We can create and file your formation paperwork, provide you with custom internal documents, and more! Sign up today!