How to Start a Kansas LLC
Kansas is named after a Native American tribe and is located in the Midwestern U.S. It is one of the most productive agricultural states in America.
If you want to start your own business in Kansas, one of the best ways to do so is by forming a Kansas LLC. Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Kansas LLCs give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.
Briefly, the benefits of starting a Kansas LLC include:
- Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
- Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration of your Kansas LLC
- Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment
Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.
Form a Kansas LLC in Six Quick Steps
We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in KS. On this page, you’ll find the basic steps of how to form an Kansas LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.
First, you need to gather basic information about your LLC, including the names and addresses of the managers or members. The LLC members are typically the people who own and run the business. They are also the ones who can take profits out of the business to pay themselves.
You will need a distinctive and original name for your LLC that’s not used by any other business in Kansas. To find out if another company is using your chosen business name, carry out a business entity name search on the KS Secretary of State website.
There are a few rules you’ll need to follow when choosing an LLC name. You can find out more in our guide to naming your Kansas LLC.
Learn about Kansas LLC business naming rules.
Every Kansas LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), your company’s office building or any physical address of your preference. The address must be inside the state of Kansas, but it cannot be a P.O. Box. You can also use a Virtual Mailbox service if you do not have a physical address.
Every Kansas LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” This is an official position; the Registered Agent is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Kansas Secretary of State.
This position can be filled by you, another manager in the business or a dedicated Registered Agent service. Your Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Kansas and must be present to receive important documents for your company during business hours.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a Kansas Registered Agent service that is free for the first year and just $119 per year afterward. We also have a dashboard where you can log in and easily view any document your Registered Agent has received on your behalf.
Learn more about Kansas Registered Agents.
You will need an EIN to identify your business with the IRS. You use this number when filing and paying taxes or when submitting payroll information and payments for your employees. You can obtain one directly from the IRS, or we can get one for you as part of the Kansas LLC business formation process.
Once you've gathered all the information for your LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the KS Secretary of State. This document is known as your “Articles of Organization,” and filing the document creates your Kansas LLC. Here’s what is typically included:
- Your business name and address
- Details of your Registered Agent
- Tax closing month
You can file your Kansas Articles of Organization online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf. There is a fee to file and start an LLC in Kansas, but you only need to file your Articles of Organization once.
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Review Information from the Kansas Secretary of State
The KS Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Kansas. Check out additional resources below. These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Kansas. You’ll find other useful information below.
Special Types of Kansas LLCs
A regular Kansas LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.
In Kansas, you also have the option to set up a “Series LLC” — these are specialized LLCs designed to allow you to manage multiple separate LLCs under one master, umbrella LLC. These can be very useful if you don’t want to set up a separate Kansas LLC for every individual business you run.
In Kansas certain professions can form “Professional LLCs.” These are companies providing defined, professional services. Kansas does not state the specific professions that can form professional LLCs.
What to Do After Forming Your Kansas LLC
Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Kansas? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.
Detailed Information for Your Kansas LLC
You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including
How to search the Kansas business registry of the Division of Corporations and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Kansas LLC name and more.
How to appoint a Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Kansas Registered Agents.
How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Kansas rules. Includes details of Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Kansas and federal business licenses, annual reports and more.
How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Kansas government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Kansas taxes like sales tax and income tax.