How to Start an LLC in Kansas
LLCs are the most popular structure for small businesses in Kansas. That's because starting and running a limited liability company (LLC) is very simple and offers important benefits.
LLCs can protect your personal assets (car, house, savings) if something happens to your business. LLCs also offer credibility and options to save on taxes.
It’s easy to form an LLC in Kansas online yourself. Just follow these steps:
- Name Your LLC
- Choose a Registered Agent
- File the KS Articles of Organization
- Create an LLC Operating Agreement
- Get an EIN
Starting an LLC in Kansas is Easy
You can get a Kansas LLC online by registering the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State. The cost to create an LLC in Kansas is $160 online or $165 by mail.
Follow our How to Start an LLC in Kansas guide below to get started.
Step 1: Create A Name For Your Kansas LLC
Before you register your LLC, you'll need to come up with a name. Your business name needs to be catchy for branding purposes and legitimate for legal purposes.
We go into depth on this topic in our LLC naming guide. We’ll go over the basics below.
Naming Your LLC
First, brainstorm some possibilities. Use our LLC name generator to get the ideas flowing.
Next, make sure your name meets Kansas guidelines:
- it contains the words limited liability company, limited company, LLC, or L.L.C.
- it doesn't contain restricted words or phrases (these often include words like bank, attorney, and university) without approval
- it's distinguishable from any other entity or trade name registered in Kansas
- full list of Kansas naming guidelines
Next, do a Kansas LLC name search with the Secretary of State to find out if your name is available in Kansas.
If your business name is available and meets guidelines, you’ll be able to register it when you file your Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.
Is the URL available? Before you commit 100% to a name, check to see if there’s a good web domain available.
We recommend buying your domain right away because even if launching a business website isn’t on your radar right now, it will be soon.
Step 2: Appoint A Kansas Resident Agent
When you file your Articles of Organization, you'll need to list a registered agent, known as a resident agent in Kansas.
A registered agent's job is to accept legal documents like service of process and tax notices for your LLC.
Your registered agent can be a person or a registered agent service. You can act as your own registered agent, but many business owners choose to use a registered agent service.
Here are a few things to think about before you decide to act as your own registered agent:
- You’ll need to be available during normal (9 am - 5 pm) business hours at the address you provide
- If you run your business from home, you’ll have to make your personal address public
- You could be served with a lawsuit in front of your family or coworkers
Recommended: Most registered agent services offer a year of registered agent service free when you form an LLC with them.
Step 3: File The Kansas LLC Articles Of Organization
It’s time to officially form your LLC by filing your Articles of Organization with the Kansas Secretary of State.
You can file online with the KanAccess website or fill out a hard copy of Articles of Organization Form DL 51-09 and mail it in. The filing fee is $160 online and $165 by mail.
Recommended: Now is a good time to decide if your LLC will be member-managed vs manager-managed.
You'll need to know the following information to complete the form:
- Entity Name and Address
- Registered Agent Name and Registered Office Address
- Tax Closing Month
For more detailed help with completing the form, visit our Kansas Articles of Organization guide.
Mail Your Articles of Organization:
Send the form and payment (payable to the Secretary of State) to:
Kansas Office of the Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
How long does it take to get an LLC approved? LLC processing time is Immediately after receiving payment online, 2 days by mail.
Step 4: Create A Kansas LLC Operating Agreement
Creating a Kansas LLC operating agreement is the only way to legally lock down your LLC’s management and ownership structure. Having this document in place will give you something to return to if a dispute or lawsuit arises.
Even single-member LLCs benefit from having an operating agreement.
Your operating agreement should outline the following:
- Each member’s responsibilities
- How new members will be admitted
- How existing members may transfer or terminate their membership
- How profits and dividends will be distributed
You can add as many provisions as you want, as long as they don't conflict with Kansas business law. Take a look at our What is an Operating Agreement guide to learn more.
Download a template or create a custom Free Operating Agreement using our tool.
Step 5: Get an EIN
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a Social Security number (SSN) for your company. The IRS and the state of Kansas will use this number to track your business activity.
Your EIN will come in handy when it’s time to:
- Open a business bank account
- File Federal and State taxes
- Hire employees
The best way to get an EIN for your LLC in Kansas is by using the free online application on the IRS website.
Read our Get an EIN guide for instructions.
Steps After Forming an LLC
After forming your LLC, it's important to:
- Open a Business Bank Account. A business bank account legally separates personal finances from business finances. This separation is required to maintain your LLC's corporate veil (your limited liability protection).
- Research Kansas Business Licenses and Permits. For help, visit our How to Get a Kansas Business License guide. There are also business license services that can help.
- File Your Kansas LLC Annual Statement. File online with the Kansas Secretary of State by the 15th day of the fourth month after an LLC's tax closing month. For example, if your LLC's tax closing month is December, your annual report will be due by April 15.
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