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Start a Business in Kansas

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Starting a business in Kansas can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with the secretary of state, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in Kansas, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Kansas.

Corporate Guides

Our Corporate Guides® are Kansas incorporation experts. We will provide you:

  • Filed Kansas Articles
  • Kansas Corporate Bylaws
  • KS shareholder resolutions
  • KS corporate stock certificates

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We provide extra privacy for you with our address. You get ongoing support:

  • We’ll be your registered agent
  • KS corporate renewal reminders
  • Online corporate tools
  • Talk to a Corporate Guide® anytime

Start Your Kansas Business

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How to Start a Business in Kansas


You file articles of incorporation for a Kansas corporation or articles of organization for a Kansas LLC with the KS Secretary of State.

Tax ID Number

You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Kansas showing your approved Kansas business.

Bank Account

Opening a business banking account under your new Kansas business name should be easy with these two items.

Kansas Revenue Services

If you are going to withhold sales tax or have employees, you will need to register with Kansas Revenue Services and the Kansas Department of Labor.

Trade License

If your business trade or profession requires a license, you’ll have to apply for a license with the Kansas licensing board. (Most businesses don’t.) But if you do, these quick links and contact details are in your online account.

Local License

There is no general state business license in Kansas. General business licenses are issued at the town/city level. You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.


If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.

Get Going

If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.

Are You A Do-It-Yourselfer? You Can Save Some Money:

If you want to start a business in Kansas yourself, you can just hire us as your Kansas registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Kansas LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate a Kansas corporation or form a Kansas LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Kansas registered agent service.


Kansas LLC vs Corporation

LLCs are very popular among small business owners. Because LLCs offer flexible management, great tax options, and come with fewer annual requirements, they’re much easier to maintain. Corporations, on the other hand, are great for business owners wanting to grow a large company and attract investors by selling stock.

But, what about Kansas? Any pros and cons for a Kansas LLC vs a Kansas corporation?

In terms of start up fees, Kansas corporations have an advantage over LLCs. The filing fee for the Articles of Incorporation is $90 versus a hefty $165 for the Articles of Organization. Maintenance fees are similar, however—the cost of submitting an annual report for both entities is $50.

During tax season, corporations have the potential to get hit a bit harder than LLCs. Although the state corporate tax begins fairly low (4% for incomes less than $50,000), rates make a big leap to 7% for revenues over $50K. Plus, corporations are often subject to double taxation—first on the state level, then through shareholder returns. Personal income rates are much friendlier, topping out at 5.7%.

If your main focus is building a large business with lots of investors, then definitely consider starting a Kansas corporation. However, if a smaller business is more your style, then the easy maintenance of an LLC should suit your needs.

If you want a corporation, you file Kansas Articles of Incorporation:

The Kansas articles of incorporation cost $90 with the Kansas Secretary of State.

We custom draft your Kansas articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your Kansas business. The basic requirements of Kansas corporations are:

  • An incorporating Kansas ending such as Inc, corporation, or incorporated
  • The corporate purpose
  • The corporations tax closing month
  • The Kansas corporations duration may be limited or perpetual
  • The number of shares authorized, the class of the shares, and the par value of the shares
  • The name, address, and signature of the Kansas incorporator(s)
  • If the incorporator’s authority will terminate upon incorporation, you must list the names and addresses of the corporations board of directors
  • The corporations preferred mailing address for official mail
  • The registered (resident) agent of the Kansas corporation
  • The articles may be effective upon filing or a later date

Kansas does not require original signatures on new KS corporation filings. The Kansas SOS will send a filed copy to the mailing address you provided in your articles of incorporation. If you file your Kansas corporation online, you can print a filed copy off the website immediately.

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If you want a LLC, you file Kansas Articles of Organization:

To form a Kansas LLC, you file Kansas articles of organization. The basic requirements of Kansas LLC filings are:

  • The business name must have a limited liability company ending or variation of it
  • New Kansas LLCs name must be different than already registered Kansas companies
  • The mailing address for official mail from the Secretary of State
  • The LLCs tax closing month
  • The LLCs duration may be perpetual or limited
  • The LLC formation can be effective when filed or at a later date
  • The Kansas registered agent and the physical address
  • The Kansas LLC organizer’s name and signature

Kansas does not require original signatures on new KS LLC filings. The filed document is sent to the mailing address you provided. If you file online, you can print a certified copy immediately.

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