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How to Start a Corporation in Kansas

To start a Kansas corporation, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State and pay a filing fee of $85-$90. While this filing creates your business, it’s really just the first step to launching your Kansas corporation. The complete steps to incorporating in Kansas are as follows:

  1. File Kansas Articles of Incorporation
  2. Pay the Kansas Secretary of State $90 ($85 online)
  3. Wait for your approved copy of your Articles
  4. Get a federal tax ID (EIN) for the corporation
  5. Create Kansas corporate bylaws
  6. Take these documents to the bank and get a Kansas corporate bank account
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How to File Kansas Articles of Incorporation

To form a Kansas corporation, you file the Articles of Incorporation in the following steps:
Step 1 Choose a name for your new corporation
Step 2 Decide if you want to hire a resident agent service to minimize public disclosures
Step 3 Decide what address you’d like to list publicly
Step 4 List your tax closing month and your business purpose
Step 5 Decide how many shares to authorize and their par value
Step 6 Choose an incorporator to sign and submit your Articles
Step 7 Decide who you will list publicly as the directors
Step 8 Choose how long you’d like your corporation to exist and when it will start
Step 9 File online and pay $85 with a credit card (fastest) or mail to the Kansas Office of the Secretary of State at Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Ave, Topeka KS 66612-1594 with a check or money order for $90

How Long Does it Take to Start a Kansas Corporation?

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Fast and Easy 1 Day

Save yourself a headache and hire Northwest to file your Articles of Incorporation online for you. Just answer a few quick questions about your business, sit back, and let our Corporate Guides file everything correctly the first time.

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Fast and Not-So-Easy 1 Day

Create a KanAccess account, navigate through all the choices and questions, and file your Articles online yourself.

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Archaic 3+ Days

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 for someone to manually enter all your data into the system to process your filing.

What is the Cost of a Kansas Corporation?

The Kansas Secretary of State charges $85 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 $310. 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 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.

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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.

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What are the Taxes for a Kansas Corporation?

The Kansas corporate net income tax rates are:

4%: $0 to $50,000
7%: over $50,000

The state sales tax rate is 6.5%, but local areas can tack on their own sales taxes as well, making the average total sales tax rate 7.919%.

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Is a Registered Agent Required for a Kansas Corporation?

Yes, you’ll need to list your Kansas resident 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.

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Kansas Corporation Versus Kansas LLC:

Starting a Kansas corporation is nearly half the price of starting a Kansas LLC: only $85 vs $160. Other state filing fees are the same—for example, both entities pay $50 to file their Kansas Annual Reports online. Even taxes can be comparable. While people tend to assume corporations always pay more in taxes, this isn’t necessarily the case. Both corporations and LLCs have choices in their tax elections. Corporations, for example, can choose the S corp election—and so can LLCs, which would make their tax obligations the same.

Besides lower state filing fees, corporations have other advantages, particularly for large businesses. Their familiar, formal structure makes it easier to manage a lot of people and parts. The flexibility of stocks can also make it easier to attract investors or quickly raise capital. LLCs aren’t without merit, though. LLCs are a bit simpler to operate, making them popular choices for small businesses or first-time business owners. Think an LLC might be a better fit? Here’s information on starting an LLC in Kansas.

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Do I Need a Tax ID Number (EIN) for a Kansas Corporation?

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.

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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.

Does a Kansas Corporation 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.

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.

Bylaws are critical—which is why 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.

What is the Kansas Corporation Statute?

Kansas Statutes Annotated – Chapter 17 Corporations

Kansas Corporation Articles of Incorporation Requirements

Business Name

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.”

Resident Agent

List either an individual Kansas resident (like yourself) or a business the provides resident agent service (like Northwest). Tip: We recommend Northwest.

Registered Office

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.

Mailing Address

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.

Tax Closing Month

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.”

Business of Purpose

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.”

Stock

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.

Kansas Incorporator

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.

Directors and Officers

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.

Duration

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.

Effective Date

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.

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