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Kansas Fees and Filing Requirements for Your LLC

Some types of businesses have different requirements in Kansas, including related fees and costs. Your KS LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Kansas government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Kansas Secretary of State or statewide organizations, while others come from the federal government. On this page, we’ve summarized the most common fees and requirements.

Note that Kansas business licenses and permits might need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.

Kansas LLC Incorporation Filing and Fees

When you first incorporate your business in Kansas, you’ll need to file an LLC with the KS Secretary of State and pay a Kansas filing fee. Here are the current fees and filing times for Kansas:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$160 5 Business Days 1 Business Day

When you form your KS LLC through Incfile, we automatically charge you this fee and forward it to the Kansas Secretary of State when we file your incorporation paperwork.

Some states allow you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee. You can compare state filing times and fees here, including expedited fees for Kansas.

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Getting an Employer Identification Number for Your KS LLC

Every Kansas LLC should have a unique employer identification number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service and you use them when filing taxes, opening a business bank account and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile obtain one on your behalf.

Foreign Qualification to Operate in a State Outside Kansas

If you’re expanding your Kansas LLC beyond the borders of the state, you will need a Foreign Qualification or Certificate of Authority to operate in another state. These are typically necessary if you have a physical presence, employees or banking in a different state than Kansas. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.

Annual Reporting and Fees for Your Kansas LLC

Most states need you to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their secretary of state. When you file your KS LLC annual report, you may need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Kansas:

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date:  Calendar Year: April 15
Fiscal Year:15th day of 4th month after close of tax year.

Filing Fee:$50

Incfile can also complete and file your Kansas annual report on your behalf.

INCFILE’S KANSAS ANNUAL REPORT FILING SERVICE

Kansas Business Permits and Licenses

Your Kansas LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Kansas, regional or federal organizations. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others have ongoing charges.

Permits and licenses vary based on:

  • The industry your Kansas LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
  • The location of your Kansas LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Topeka)
  • The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)

You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package.

Kansas LLCs — The Business License Research Package

Our Business License Research Package tells you about all of the licenses and permits you will need for your Kansas LLC. It includes:

  • A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Kansas LLC will need
  • The application forms you will need to file with the Kansas, regional and federal licensing authorities

Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Kansas and local governments.

Create an Operating Agreement for Your Kansas LLC

An Operating Agreement is a business document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.

Kansas LLCs aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you choose to form your Kansas business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.

Ad Hoc Kansas Fees or Requirements for Your KS LLC

There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Kansas LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.

To Change the Kansas Resident Agent for Your KS LLC

Your Kansas LLC needs a Registered Agent. You need to appoint one when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new KS Resident Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Kansas Resident Agent service.

Incfile’s Kansas Resident Agent service

To Reserve a Name for Your Kansas LLC

If you don’t want to form your KS business right away, you can reserve a name with the Kansas Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.

To Amend Certain Facts About Your Kansas LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Kansas business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file a “Certificate of Amendment” with the Kansas Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.

Areas you might want to file Kansas Certificate of Amendment for include:

  • Adding, removing or changing a Kansas LLC member or manager
  • Changing the business address of your LLC
  • Altering the stated business activities of your Kansas LLC

Incfile’s Kansas Certificate of Amendment service

To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Kansas LLC

Some organizations will request that you prove your Kansas LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you will need a “Certificate of Good Standing” from the Kansas Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.

Incfile’s Kansas Certificate of Good Standing service

The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard KS LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.

Of course, your Kansas LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes, but we will cover that when we talk about taxes for KS LLCs.

FAQs About Kansas LLC Fees

What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Kansas LLC?

We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the secretary of state on your behalf when forming your Kansas business.

Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?

Usually, yes. Most states require you file a report for your LLC every year. Some states require filing biennially (every other year), though a handful don’t require annual reports. You can find out more on the compliance page for your state.

Who Will I Need to Get Business Licenses and Permits From for My Kansas LLC?

It depends on various factors including:

  • The type of business you run
  • Where you are located
  • Governing organizations in your industry
  • Federal, state and local regulations

That’s why our Business License Research Package is so useful. It explores all of these areas for you and provides a comprehensive overview of exactly what your Kansas LLC needs to be compliant.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Kansas?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$160 5 Business Days 1 Business Day

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date:  Calendar Year: April 15
Fiscal Year:15th day of 4th month after close of tax year.

Filing Fee:$50

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