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Your LLC’s Name

Your new LLC’s name must be different from the registered or reserved name of any other business entity on file with the Kansas Secretary of State.

The LLC’s name must end with “Limited Liability Company” or “Limited Company,” or the abbreviations “L.C.,” “L.L.C.,” “LC,” or “LLC.” The name may contain the name of a member or manager, and it may also contain the words “company,” “association,” “club,” “foundation,” “fund,” “institute,” “society,” “union,” “syndicate,” “limited” or “trust,” or abbreviations of similar meaning.

You can, however, use a name that’s similar to another business’ name if the other entity gives written permission for you to use the name and files that permission with the Kansas secretary of state’s office.

You can reserve an available name for up to 120 days for $35 using a paper form, or $27 for an online name reservation.

Articles of Organization

Achieving official status for your Kansas LLC means filing articles of organization with the Kansas Secretary of State. The articles of organization should include the name of the LLC, the address of its registered office, and the name and address of the registered agent. The articles may also include any other provisions that the member(s) want to include, so long as they are not contrary to state law.

Your LLC is considered “organized” once the articles of organization and one duplicate copy are delivered to the secretary of state and found to be in compliance with state requirements. The articles must be executed (signed) by at least one authorized person, who does not have to be a member or manager of the LLC. In fact, any person or legal entity can form an LLC-they just have to be capable of legally entering into a contract. The articles must also be accompanied by the $165 filing fee ($160 if filed online).

One certified copy of the articles of organization will be issued, and the other certified copy will be returned to the organizer or members.

Registered Agent and Office

All Kansas LLCs must have a registered agent designated to receive official state legal and administrative correspondence. A Kansas LLC’s registered agent might be an individual state resident whose business office is the same as the registered office, or it may be a business entity that’s authorized to conduct business in Kansas-again, whose business office is the same as the registered office.

Operating Agreement

The operating agreement is another very important document for an LLC. It can be amended or repealed as allowed by the agreement itself or applicable law. Having an operating agreement isn’t specifically required by the state, but it’s a key internal document that officially records and explains how the LLC will conduct its operations.

The operating agreement normally lists the LLC’s members, how much each has invested, how profits are to be divided, and how much weight each member has when voting. It may also lay out meeting requirements and similar considerations, but is not required to do so. The operating agreement may also include rules and concepts already laid out in state law.

Unless otherwise stated in the articles of organization or the operating agreement, a unanimous vote of members is required to amend either the articles or the operating agreement.

Membership in the LLC

An LLC has to have at least one member; a member may be a natural person or a legal or business entity.

To become a member, an individual normally makes a contribution of some sort. Members’ contributions can be in cash, property, promissory notes, services previously or to be rendered, or some other obligation to contribute.

A member of an LLC can resign from it, but only in accordance with the articles of organization or operating agreement. These documents also usually specify a minimum period of time a member can be a member before being allowed to resign. The resigned member is not released, however, from any liability to the LLC, and LLCs can pursue remedies for damages to the company that result from a member’s resignation.

Ongoing Requirements

All Kansas LLCs are required to file an annual report with the Kansas Secretary of State by the last day of their tax year that lists the LLC’s name and all members owning at least five percent of the LLC’s capital. The annual report must be signed by an LLC member.

Further, each Kansas LLC is required to keep the following types of records open for inspection at its office:

  • Full information about the LLC’s status and financial condition
  • A copy of all federal, state and local income tax returns for each year
  • A current listing of all member(s) and manager(s) and their last known business, residence, or mailing address
  • The date on which each member joined the LLC
  • A copy of the operating agreement
  • A copy of the articles of organization, along with any amendments and related powers of attorney
  • The amount of cash on hand and a statement of the agreed-upon value of any other property or services contributed or to be contributed in the future by each member
  • Other relevant information about the LLC’s operations

It’s also advisable for your LLC to keep minutes of the members’ or managers’ proceedings and committee meetings.


Unless otherwise stated in the articles of organization or the operating agreement, a Kansas LLC is dissolved when any one of the following events occurs:

  • Event(s) or a time specified in the articles of organization or operating agreement that require dissolution
  • Written consent of the members to dissolve; if there is more than one class or group of members, then more than half of the members who own more than 50 percent of the then-current percentage or other interest in the LLC owned by all of the members or by the members in each class or group, as applicable
  • When there is no member left, unless the representative of the last remaining member agrees in writing to continue the LLC and admit a member within 90 days of the termination of the last membership
  • A court order is handed down requiring dissolution


An LLC offers tax advantages over a corporation, mostly because an LLC is not required to be a separate tax entity like a corporation. Instead, it can be a “pass-through entity” for tax purposes, so LLC owners show business losses or profits on their personal tax returns, instead of the LLC being taxed as a separate entity and the members’ incomes from the LLC being taxed a second time at their individual level.

The LLC tax rate for Kansas varies based on Kansas taxable net income. However, Kansas LLCs are subject to the state’s franchise tax on net capital accounts.

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Commonly Asked Questions For Starting a Kansas LLC

How is an LLC Taxed?
For federal income tax purposes the profits of an LLC (Limited Liability Company) "pass through" to the personal income of the members/owners. In the case of a single member LLC it is taxed the same as a sole proprietorship (i.e. typically filed on the schedule C of the owner's personal income tax filing). In the case of a multi member member it is taxed the same as a partnership (i.e. a 1065 partnership return is filed with the IRS, with a schedule K-1 being supplied to each partner/member showing the proportional profit/loss allocated to them, with this being filed on the schedule C or E).
NOTE: These are general tax explanations and may not apply to everyone. You should confer with the appropriate accounting/tax specialists to make sure you understand your personal tax liability.
What is the Management Structure of an LLC?
An LLC is typically managed by its members/owners (referred to as member-managed). In that respect an LLC is unlike a corporation, which has a much more rigid and defined management structure, including directors and officers. All owners of the LLC are typically referred to as members, and they can have control and voting interest proportional to their ownership interest, or in proportions different from their ownership interest; however the members agree.
Are Non-US Residents allowed to own a Corporation of LLC?
There are no citizenship or residence requirements for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC. The S Corporation however does not allow nonresident aliens to be shareholders (owner), but any US citizen or resident alien may be a shareholder (owner). You would, of course, require an in state street address for the state to forward official legal and tax correspondence including service of process, known as the registered agent address, but neither residency nor citizenship is required for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC.
Can I form an LLC with just one member?
There was a time when almost every state required the LLC to have two or more members, but that is no longer the case. This important change came in response to revised IRS regulations that clearly permitted single-member LLCs. As a result, in most states, if you plan to be the sole owner of a business and you wish to limit your personal liability, you can choose between forming a corporation or an LLC.
What is an Operating Agreement?
The operating agreement is akin to a partnership agreement for a General Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). It is an internal contract amongst the members/owners of the LLC, and it lays out such things as ownership interest, member responsibilities, accounting method, adding or removing members, terms for concluding the LLC, etc. It is generally not required by a given state for forming an LLC (with the exception of New York), although it is certainly recommended. When dealing with private companies for financing issues (loans, mortgages, etc.) it may be required by that company. A customizable operating agreement is included with the LLC/Corp Kit.
Can another business entity be a member of an LLC?

In the majority of states, The members of an LLC can be individuals, corporations, or other LLCs. These members of the LLC can be out of state residents or even foreign nationals. Furthermore there is no limit to the amount of members that an LLC can have.

The flexibility of an LLC in contrast to an S Corporation is stark considering the S corporations are limited to 75 shareholders who must either be United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

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