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 $166 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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How to Start an LLC in Kansas
To start an LLC in Kansas, you’ll need to do three things: appoint a registered agent, choose a name for your business, and file Articles of Organization with the Kansas Secretary of State, Business Services. You can file the document online, by mail, in person, or by fax. The articles cost $165 for most paper filings or $166 online ($160 plus credit card processing fees). However, if you choose to fax your articles, you’ll be charged an additional $20—making your total filing fee $185. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Kansas LLC.
If you’re starting a new business, you probably already know what you want to name your LLC. But you’ll need to know if your preferred name is available. To find out, visit the Business Entity Search Station (BESS) and check their Name Availability Status until you find the perfect name for your Kansas LLC.
Once you know who your registered agent will be and what your LLC name is, you’re ready to file your Kansas Articles of Organization. Follow along with our filing instructions below:
Filing the Kansas LLC Articles of Organization
Learn more about each Articles of Organization requirement below. Note that the information you provide becomes part of the public record—permanently.
Or skip the form entirely and hire us to form your Kansas LLC. We provide a free business address to list whenever possible throughout the filing to better keep your personal address private. Prefer to start a business on a budget? Pay just $52 out the door with our VIP monthly payment option.
1. Company Name
You have to include “Limited Liability Company” or an abbreviation like “LLC.” You can’t include words that would make people think you’re a different business entity like “corporation.”
2. Registered Agent
Your Kansas registered agent must be available during business hours to accept legal notices for your LLC. You can list yourself, someone else, or a service like Northwest. We recommend Northwest.
3. Registered Office
This is the street address in Kansas (no PO Boxes) where your registered agent needs to be available. When you hire us, this publicly-listed address will be ours instead of yours.
4. Mailing Address
The Secretary of State will send official mail to this address. When you hire Northwest, you can avoid listing a home or personal address and use our Kansas address as your principal address.
5. Tax Closing Month
Most businesses operate on a calendar year and put “December” in this section. However, if your business uses a fiscal year, put the month your fiscal year ends.
6. Effective Date
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.
7. Kansas LLC Organizer
Your organizer (or “authorized person) is just the person who completes and submits your articles. Organizers are required to put their signature. This doesn’t have to be anyone within your LLC—when you hire Northwest, we’ll put our information in this section, helping you keep your personal info private.
Why Have a Registered Agent Form Your Kansas LLC?
Professionals in Kansas hire registered agent services like Northwest Registered Agent to start an LLC—but why?
Standard filing companies don’t have employees or offices in every state. But as a national registered agent, it’s a requirement for us, which is a benefit for our clients. Our office is in Wichita, Kansas. We’re on a first name basis with the people who work in the Kansas Secretary of State, Business Services. We know all the fastest filing methods, which translates to fast, professional service—without extra fees.
As your registered agent, we list our Wichita registered office address on your LLC’s formation documents. Why? If you’re starting a business from your apartment in Kansas City, do you really want your apartment address as your business address? (Hint: the answer is no.) We’ll list our address, so you don’t have to list yours. Plus, we never sell your data. We don’t list your personal information on filings if we don’t have to. It’s all standard and part of our commitment to Privacy by Default®.
Free Mail Forwarding, Business Address and More
At Northwest, we do everything a registered agent should do and more. You can list our address as your business address on your state filings. We include limited digital mail forwarding with registered agent service (up to 5 pieces of regular mail per year; $15 a doc after that).
Plan on accepting credit cards? We also offer a Free Credit Card Processing Consultation. Our specialists work with processors to negotiate low rates and better contracts for our clients.
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We know the in’s and out’s of each state—and we use this knowledge to help you when you need it most. Our team of Corporate Guides® has over 200 local business experts. You can call or email us for answers to all your questions about your LLC in Kansas.
What Do I Do After My Kansas LLC Is Formed?
After your Kansas Articles of Organization are approved, you still have a few more important steps to take, including getting an EIN, drafting an operating agreement, opening a bank account, funding the LLC and learning about state reporting and tax requirements.
Get an EIN
An EIN (“Employer Identification Number”) is a federal tax ID assigned to your business by the IRS. The IRS uses your EIN to easily identify your business on tax filings.
Does a Kansas LLC need an EIN?
You must get an EIN if you have employees or file certain federal excise taxes, like Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns. Also, banks will typically require your Kansas LLC to have an EIN before opening an account.
How do I get an EIN for my LLC?
You can apply for an EIN directly from the IRS at no cost. Most businesses are able to apply online, but if you don’t have a social security number, you’ll need to apply with a paper form. Want one less thing to do? Add on EIN service when you hire us, and we’ll get your EIN for you. Or choose our VIP service—an EIN is included.
Write an LLC Operating Agreement
Operating agreements put into writing how your business actually operates—how much each member invested, how profits and losses will be allocated, how voting works, and what happens if there’s a dispute or if the whole business (knock on wood) falls apart.
For more on Kansas operating agreements (including free Kansas operating agreement templates), see our Kansas LLC Operating Agreement resource.
Do I need an operating agreement for a Kansas LLC?
Kansas doesn’t legally require an operating agreement. According to Kansas Statute § 17-76,134, members MAY enter into an operating agreement—but the law doesn’t declare that they must.
That said, an operating agreement isn’t just annoying paperwork. It’s one of your LLC’s most important internal documents, and creating one can help your LLC with everything from opening a bank account to handling major events from mergers to dissolution.
What should be in an operating agreement?
An operating agreement should explain how the business will handle “big picture” situations—everything from allocating profits and losses to dissolving the business. Below is a list of common topics that operating agreements should cover.
Profits, losses, and distributions
Voting rights, decision-making powers, and management
Transfer of membership interest
Dissolving the business
Your operating agreement can cover pretty much anything as long as it isn’t contrary to Kansas law. For example, according to Kansas statute § 17-76,134 (2019), an operating agreement may remove or limit personal liability from a member/manager; however, it cannot take away or reduce liability for actions deemed dishonest or misleading.
How do I write an operating agreement?
To write an operating agreement, you need to address how your business will handle money, members, votes, management, and more. Not sure how to get started? At Northwest, we’re here to help your LLC get off on the right foot. When you hire us, we provide your business with a free LLC operating agreement, specific to your management style. We’ve spent years developing these agreements and other free LLC forms—which have been used by over a million LLCs.
Open an LLC Bank Account
Your LLC needs its own bank account. Why? An LLC gets its limited liability from being a distinct entity, separate from its members. If you mix personal and business finances, you could lose your liability protections.
How do I open a bank account for my 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 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. Northwest can help with this as well—LLC bank resolutions are one of the many free legal forms we provide to ensure you can get your LLC started fast.
Fund the LLC
Time to put some money in that new LLC bank account. What money? For starters, your initial contributions to your LLC’s capital. LLC members are owners, and each owner needs to pay for their membership interest to fund the LLC.
What is membership interest?
Membership interest is your percentage of ownership of the LLC. Membership interest is normally proportionate to your investment. So how does this work?
Imagine your LLC has 5 members. 4 members each invest $1,000 in the business. One member invests $6,000. The total contribution of all members is $10,000. The 4 members each own 10% of the business. The moneybags member who shelled out $6,000 owns 60% of the business.
Typically, this also means that the 4 members would each get 10% of any profits, and moneybags would get 60%. Exactly how profits and losses are allocated, however, can be adjusted in the operating agreement as long as changes are in line with IRS requirements and Kansas laws.
File Kansas Reports & Taxes
Kansas LLCs are required to file a Kansas Annual Report each year. This report is basically an information update you file so the state knows who currently runs things and how to contact your business. Kansas LLCs are also subject to state tax filing requirements.
How much is the Kansas Annual Report fee?
The fee for the Kansas LLC Annual Report is $50 (online) or $55 (paper). And if you don’t file? Your business will be administratively dissolved or revoked if you fail to file your annual report within 90 after your due date. Basically, the state cancels your business registration and you lose the right to operate in Kansas.
When is the Kansas Annual Report due?
Your Kansas Annual Report is due the 15th day of the 4th month following the end of the taxable year. For most businesses, this is April 15th.
When you sign up for Northwest, we send you reminders for your annual report due dates. Want one less thing to worry about? With our business renewal service, we can complete and submit your annual report for you for $100 plus the state fee.
What should I know about Kansas LLC taxes?
Kansas assesses the following rates for personal income taxes:
3.1% ( $0 – $30,000)
$930 plus 5.25% of excess over $30,000 (income greater than $30,000 but less than $60,000)
$2,505 plus 5.7% of excess over $60,000 (income over $60,000)
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%.
Do LLCs have to register with the Kansas Department Of Revenue?
Yes. Kansas is pretty heavily invested in making sure businesses meet all of their tax obligations. If you conduct business in Kansas, you must register with the Kansas Department of Revenue. You will need to register online with Kansas Department of Revenue-Customer Service Center or file a paper Kansas Business Tax Application.
Kansas LLC FAQs
How can I submit the Kansas LLC Articles of Organization?
You can file Kansas articles online, in person, by mail, or by fax. Note that fax filings cost an extra $20.
Kansas Secretary of State, Business Services
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
How much does it cost to start a Kansas LLC?
The filing fee for your Kansas LLC Articles of Organization is $165 by mail or in person. Online filings are a total of $166 ($160 plus credit card processing fees). Fax filings total $185.
Hire Northwest for a one-time fee of $391, including state filing fees, a year of registered agent service, limited mail forwarding and loads of useful forms and tools to help get your Kansas LLC up and running. Or, pay just $52 out the door with our VIP monthly payment option.
How long does it take to start a Kansas LLC?
On average, it takes 3-5 business days for paper filings and 24 hours for online submissions.
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 business license?
Kansas doesn’t have a state-level general business license, but some cities have their own local business license requirements. For example, Lenexa requires all businesses operating in the city to obtain a business license.
Need an EIN or a certified copy of your formation docs for your license applications? Northwest can help. You can easily add on these items to your LLC formation order.
Can a Kansas LLC help me live more privately?
Yes. While you can’t remove all ownership information from Kansas public filings (like you can in states like New Mexico, Delaware, and Wyoming), a Kansas LLC can still help you reduce your public footprint. For example, you can maintain a significant degree of address privacy by listing our address on public docs instead of your own. Check out our page on living privately with an LLC to learn more.
What is a foreign Kansas LLC?
A foreign Kansas LLC is any LLC formed outside of Kansas but registered to do business in the state. For example, if you formed an LLC in Colorado but wanted to conduct business in Kansas as well, you would register as a foreign LLC in Kansas by filing a Foreign Limited Liability Company Application with the Kansas Secretary of State. Like domestic LLCs, foreign LLCs in the state have to file annual Kansas annual reports. Northwest can register your foreign Kansas LLC for you today!
How can I get a Kansas phone number for my LLC?
It’s a conundrum: you need a local number to display on your website and give to customers, but you don’t want to make your personal number quite so…public. We get it. And we’ve got you covered with Northwest Phone Service. We can provide you with a virtual phone number in any state—plus unlimited call forwarding and tons of easy-to-use features. You can try Phone Service free for 60 days when you hire us to form your LLC, and maintaining service is just $9 monthly after that. No contract required.
How to Order LLC Formation Service
Our Kansas LLC formation service is designed to be fast and easy—signing up takes just a couple minutes. Here’s how it works:
With Northwest, we give you flexibility on how to pay. You can pay all the fees up front (this includes one full year of registered agent service). Or, pay just $40 out the door with our VIP monthly payment option. With our VIP option, we also include an EIN. Just choose one of the buttons below, answer a few easy questions about your business and submit your payment.
We’ll prepare your Kansas Articles of Organization and send them to the Secretary of State for approval. In the meantime, you’ll have immediate access to your online account, where you can find useful state forms, pre-populated with your business information.
Once the Kansas Secretary of State has approved your filing, we notify you that your Kansas LLC has been legally formed. You can now take any necessary next steps, like getting an EIN and opening a bank account.