How to Start An LLC in Kansas
To start an LLC in Kansas, you must file Articles of Organization with the Kansas Secretary of State. You can file the document online or by mail. The Articles of Organization cost $160 to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Kansas LLC. However, to actually ready the LLC to do business, you must complete several additional steps.
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Kansas LLC Articles of Organization Requirements
To form a Kansas LLC, you must complete and file the Articles of Organization 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.
You must include “Limited Company,” “Limited Liability Company” or an abbreviation. Most companies stick with the short and sweet “LLC.”
You can list an individual like yourself or a service like Northwest. We recommend Northwest.
This is a street address in Kansas that will become a permanent part of the public record for your LLC. Hire Northwest and our address will go here.
You’ll have to pick an address where you’d like official mail sent (not including legal notifications). Want to avoid having to check and update multiple addresses? When you hire Northwest, you can list our address here.
Most businesses operate on a calendar year and put “December” in this section. If your business uses a fiscal year, however, put the month your fiscal year ends.
On paper filings, you’ll be asked whether you want your LLC to begin existence upon filing or at a later date. If you want to wait a bit (maybe if the next tax period is just about to begin) you can put a future date within 90 days.
Your organizer completes, signs and submits your Articles of Organization. The organizer doesn’t have to be anyone in your LLC. Hire us, and we’ll be your organizer.
How much does it cost to start a Kansas LLC?
The Kansas Secretary of State charges $160 if you file Articles of Organization online and $165 for paper filings.
Hire Northwest and your total, out-the-door cost is $385 dollars, including state filing fees and a full year of registered agent service.
How long does it take to start a Kansas LLC?
For one-day processing, you can file online using the state’s KanAccess portal. Filing by mail is like choosing the road with the most construction: it’ll get you there, but it’s not a smooth ride. When you file by mail, you wait longer for approval (about 3-5 business days) AND pay a higher filing fee.
If you hire Northwest to start your LLC, we file online and typically have your Kansas LLC formed within 24 hours.
Does a Kansas LLC need a registered agent?
Yes, Kansas requires LLCs to appoint and maintain a Kansas registered agent. You could appoint an individual like yourself, but you’d have to list your address in your public Articles of Organization, leaving you open to junk in your mailbox and unwanted visitors on your doorstep. You also have to actually be regularly available at the address you list. And let’s be real—Wichita Riverfest is 9 days; you can’t be expected to be in the office that week. Instead, you could hire us. When you hire Northwest, our information goes in your Articles and we’ll be ready and waiting for any service of process, so you can go about your business.
Also, when you appoint yourself or a friend as registered agent, there’s going to be a lot of adjustments. You’ll upgrade offices. Your friend will decide to follow the trend of leaving small-town Kansas for Wichita or Kansas City. These things happen. And whenever you change up your registered agent or office, you’ll shell out a minimum of $30 to file an LLC Change of Registered Office or Agent form with the state. With Northwest, our address stays the same. No worrying about constant (and expensive) address updates.
Create the Kansas LLC Operating Agreement
Do I need an Operating Agreement?
There’s no legal requirement to have an operating agreement, but it’s become pretty standard to have one—and for good reason.
Why is an Operating Agreement important?
Operating agreements spell out who invested what, how profits and losses will be allocated, and what happens if you shut it all down. Members and managers will want to see your operating agreement. Potential business partners and investors will want to see it too. Banks will also ask to see your operating agreement when you go to open a business bank account. Your operating agreement is practically a roadside attraction—every new person who comes along wants to see it.
Do I have to write the Operating Agreement?
Not from scratch. At Northwest, we know the importance of a strong operating agreement. When you hire us, we do more than simply form your LLC and provide expert registered agent service. We also provide your LLC with a free operating agreement, specific to your management style. And we provide loads of other free forms too—from resolutions to membership certificates. We’re proud of our forms and have spent years refining them. We were the first website to hand out free LLC forms, and over a million LLCs have used our free LLC forms to help form and maintain their businesses.
Get a Kansas LLC EIN
Do I have to get a tax ID number (EIN)?
You must get an EIN if you have employees or file certain federal excise taxes, like Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns. Banks will typically require your Kansas LLC to have an EIN before opening an account. Sometimes you’ll need an EIN for local tax forms or vendors you do business with. Using your EIN instead of your personal social security number on applications and filings also helps keep your private information more secure. Even if you don’t absolutely need an EIN right now, it’s good to have one. EINs are free—you can apply for one directly from the IRS. If that sounds like more annoying paperwork, you can add on EIN service when you hire us, and we’ll get your EIN for you.
Open a Bank Account for Your Kansas LLC
To open a bank account for your Kansas LLC, you will need to bring the following with you to the bank:
- A copy of the Kansas LLC Articles of Organization
- The LLC operating agreement
- The Kansas LLC’s EIN
If there are multiple members in the LLC, you may also want to bring an LLC resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the members to open the account in the name of the LLC.
We recommend calling your bank ahead of time before going in and asking what their requirements are. Most banks don’t open business 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.
File Kansas LLC Reports
What is a Kansas LLC Annual Report?
Your Kansas LLC Annual Report is a form you must submit once a year to the Kansas Secretary of State. The report updates the state on your LLC’s contact and ownership information. The filing fee for a Kansas LLC’s Annual Report is $50 ($55 by mail). You have to file, even if nothing has changed. And if you don’t file? After 90 days, your business will be forfeited. Basically, the state cancels your business registration and you lose the right to operate in Kansas. When you hire Northwest, we’ll help you remember your annual reports by sending you reminder notifications. You can even hire us to file your reports for you so you don’t have to think about them at all.
How much does an LLC in Kansas cost each year?
At least $50. This is the minimum fee for filing the mandatory Kansas LLC Annual Report online.
Pay the LLC Taxes
What are the Kansas LLC taxes?
The Kansas personal net income tax rates for single filers are:
2.9%: $0 to $14,999
4.9%: $15,000 to $29,999
The state sales tax rate in Kansas is 6.5%. However, because cities, counties and special jurisdictions can add on their own sales taxes, total sales tax averages around 8% across the state with the highest combined tax rate topping 11%.