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Kentucky Business Licenses, Fees and Filing Requirements for Your LLC

Some types of businesses have different requirements in Kentucky, including related fees and costs. Your KY LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Kentucky government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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.

Kentucky LLC Incorporation Filing and Fees

To create your business in Kentucky, you’ll file an LLC with the KY Secretary of State and pay an associated LLC formation fee. Every state has different LLC filing fees and filing times. Here is the current information for Kentucky:

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When you incorporate through Incfile, we forward this fee to the Kentucky Secretary of State on your behalf when we file your 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 Kentucky.

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Getting an Employer Identification Number for Your KY LLC

Every Kentucky 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.

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Foreign Qualification to Operate in a State Outside Kentucky

If you’re expanding your Kentucky 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 Kentucky. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.

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Kentucky LLC Annual Reporting and Fees

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

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Learn about your ongoing Kentucky LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Kentucky ongoing filing lookup tool.

Incfile can also complete and file your Kentucky Annual Report on your behalf.

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Kentucky Business Licenses and Permits

Some KY LLCs will need certain business licenses and permits from federal, state and regional organizations. These permits and licenses will have associated fees that you should pay on a one-off or regular basis. Permits and licenses vary based on:

  • The industry your Kentucky LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
  • The location of your Kentucky LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Lexington)
  • 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, which includes:

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

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

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An Operating Agreement for Your Kentucky 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.

An Operating Agreement is extremely useful for several reasons (learn about them here). 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 Kentucky business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.

Ad Hoc Kentucky Fees or Requirements for Your KY LLC

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

To Obtain a Fictitious/DBA Name for Your Kentucky LLC

If you want your KY business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Kentucky Secretary of State. You will need to pay a Kentucky filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.

Incfile's Kentucky Fictitious Name Service

To Change the Kentucky Registered Agent for Your KY LLC

Your Kentucky LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new KY Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Kentucky Registered Agent service.

Incfile's Kentucky Registered Agent Service

To Reserve a Name for Your Kentucky LLC

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

To Amend Certain Facts About Your Kentucky LLC

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

  • Adding, removing or changing a Kentucky LLC member or manager
  • Changing the business address of your LLC
  • Altering the stated business activities of your Kentucky LLC
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To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Kentucky LLC

Some organizations will request that you prove your Kentucky 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 Kentucky Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.

Incfile's Kentucky Certificate of Good Standing Service

The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard KY 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 Kentucky 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 KY LLCs.

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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.

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