Kansas Incorporation Services
To start a corporation in Kansas, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. You can file the document online or by mail. The Articles of Incorporation cost $90 ($89 online) to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Kansas corporation. However, to actually ready the corporation to do business, you must complete several additional steps.
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Kansas Articles of Incorporation Requirements
To form a Kansas corporation, you must complete and file the Articles of Incorporation with the Kansas Secretary of State. See the document below and click on any number to see what information is required in the corresponding section.
Your name must include one of the following: Association, Church, College, Company (or “Co”), Corporation (or “Corp”), Club, Foundation, Fund, Incorporated (or “Inc”), Institute, Limited (or “Ltd”), Society, Syndicate, Union or University. Tip: Most corporations keep it simple with “Corp” or “Inc.”
List either an individual Kansas resident (like yourself) or a business the provides resident agent service (like Northwest). Tip: We recommend Northwest.
This is the Kansas street address where your resident agent will accept legal notifications on behalf of your corporation. Tip: Our address will go here when you hire Northwest.
This is where the state will send you mail (besides legal notifications—those go to your resident agent). Tip: Keep things simple with one address for all your mail. Hire Northwest as your resident agent and you can use our Kansas address for your mailing address as well.
If your corporation runs on a standard calendar year, enter “December.” If your corporation operates on a fiscal year, enter the month your fiscal year ends. Tip: Most corporations list “December.”
While your purpose for creating a business is probably to make money and retire early, the state is really asking what sorts of activities your business will do. You can be specific if you want, but it’s sufficient to write a general purpose, such as “to engage in any lawful act or activity for which corporations may be organized under the Kansas general corporation code.”
List the number of shares you are creating (if you have multiple classes, list the number for each class). You’ll also need to include the par value of each share. The par value (also called the “face value”) is the value listed on stock certificates and is typically the lowest price at which the share will be sold. If any class of shares comes with special rights or limitations, you’ll need to include that information too.
Your incorporator is the person who signs and submits your Articles of Incorporation. This could be a director or officer, or it could be someone outside your corporation that you authorize to submit your Articles. Tip: We’ll be your incorporator when you hire Northwest.
If your incorporators are also your directors, you don’t have to re-enter the information again. Otherwise, put the name and mailing address of each board member. If privacy is a concern, you can list a PO Box or business address instead of a home address. Tip: When you hire Northwest as your resident agent, you can use our Kansas address for all your mailing addresses.
Want your corporation to continue indefinitely? Choose “perpetual.” Rather put a self-destruct timer on your business? Enter the date your corporation will cease to exist. Tip: Most corporations are perpetual.
You can either have your corporation begin upon filing, or you can choose a start date up to 90 days in the future (maybe to line up with the beginning of a tax period). Tip: Most corporations start upon filing.
How much does it cost to start a Kansas corporation?
The Kansas Secretary of State charges $89 to file your Articles online and $90 to file with a paper form.
When you hire Northwest to form your Kansas corporation, your total out-the-door cost is $314. This includes state filing fees, a full year of registered agent service, and all the forms you need to open a corporate bank account.
How long does it take to start a Kansas corporation?
For 1-day processing, create a KanAccess account and file online. Want to pay more to wait longer? Print and mail your Articles to the Kansas Secretary of State. The fee for paper forms is an additional $5, and you’ll have to wait 3+ days for someone to manually enter all your data into the system to process your filing.
If you hire Northwest to start your corporation, we file online and typically have your Kansas corporation formed within 24 hours.
Does a Kansas corporation need a registered agent?
Yes, you’ll need to list your Kansas resident agent (also called a registered agent) in your Articles of Incorporation. You could try to save a few bucks and appoint yourself as your own resident agent. This strategy, however, can backfire. You’d have to list the street address where you’d be available—and this address would become part of the permanent public record of your Kansas corporation. In other words, your home or office address would be up for grabs for data sellers, solicitors and busybodies. You’d also have to actually be regularly available at the address you list during business hours. Missing a process server could end up costing much more than a resident agent fee.
Want to keep your own hours (and your privacy)? Hire a resident agent service like Northwest. Our address will go on your Articles of Incorporation, and we’ll happily sort through spam and accept your legal notifications. We scan and send legal notices the same day. We’ll be ready and waiting so you’re free to focus on what’s important—running your business.
Create Bylaws for Your Kansas Corporation
Do I need bylaws?
Yes, your Kansas corporation needs bylaws. They’re not, however, something you have to submit to any Kansas state agency. Kansas gets all the information it needs about your corporation from your Articles, Annual Reports and tax filings. The state isn’t particularly concerned with details like how many board members are required to pass a resolution—but you should be.
Why are corporate bylaws important?
All the details of how decisions in your corporation are made (and who gets to make them) will be spelled out in your bylaws. Your bylaws dictate who’s on the board of directors, how long they’ll stay, and how they’ll be replaced. They’ll determine who your officers are and what their duties will be. They’ll note your different classes of shares and their voting rights. And while bylaws are a private, internal document, you’ll find that people outside your business will need to check out your bylaws as well. Your bank will need your bylaws when you open a corporate account, and potential investors and partners will want to see them before signing on to work with your business.
Do I have to write bylaws?
Not from scratch. We give you free corporate bylaws when you hire Northwest to form your Kansas corporation. We’ll give you other key forms as well, from resolutions to meeting minute templates. We’ve spent years refining and developing our forms to ensure our clients have everything they need and don’t waste their time agonizing over paperwork. Take a look at the free corporate forms we provide to help corporations form and maintain their businesses.
Get an EIN for Your Kansas Corporation
Do I have to get a tax ID number (EIN)?
Yes—your Kansas corporation must get an EIN. This tax ID number is required for federal tax filings. You’ll likely need your EIN for other filings and applications as well, from local taxes to opening a corporate bank account. You can apply for an EIN directly from the IRS for no fee. Better yet, save some time and paperwork and hire Northwest to get your EIN for you. Just add on EIN service during checkout when you sign up for our services.
Open a Bank Account for Your Kansas Corporation
To open a corporate bank account, you will need to bring the following to the bank:
- A copy of the Kansas corporation’s Articles of Incorporation
- The Kansas corporation’s bylaws
- The Kansas corporation’s EIN
If your bylaws don’t specifically assign the power to open a bank account, you may also want to bring a corporate resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the business to open the account in the name of the corporation.
We recommend calling your bank ahead of time before going in and asking what their requirements are. Most banks don’t open corporate accounts nearly as frequently as personal accounts, so some bankers may be unfamiliar with their own bank’s requirements. As frustrating as that may be for you, calling ahead will help save you from being super annoyed when you walk into the bank.
Obtain a Business License
Does a Kansas corporation need a business license?
There isn’t a general, statewide business license for Kansas corporations. However, there are some cities (like Lenexa and Derby) that require a general business license or registration if you engage in any business within city limits.
File Kansas Corporation Reports
What is a Kansas Annual Report?
Your Kansas Annual Report is a form you submit each year in order to confirm or update your corporation’s ownership and contact information. The report and $50 online fee ($55 with a paper form) are due April 15th for corporations using a calendar tax year. Use a fiscal year instead? Your report is due the 15th day of the fourth month after the close of the fiscal year. If you miss your due date, you won’t pay late fees—but the state can revoke your business registration after 90 days. Yikes.
At Northwest, we’ll help your Kansas corporation stay in compliance. We’ll send you reminders to file your reports. For total peace of mind, you can even hire us to file your Kansas Annual Report for you each year for just $150, including filing fees.
How much does a corporation in Kansas cost each year?
At least $50. Every year, Kansas corporations are required to file a Kansas Annual Report. The filing fee is $50 online and $55 with a paper form.