Start a Business in Kansas
Starting a business in Kansas is easy. All you need to do is file a few forms with the Kansas Secretary of State and start running your business. Below, we show you how to get started and walk you through some of your options.
One option is, of course, to stop reading and just hire us to start your business for you. At Northwest, we form businesses and provide registered agent service throughout the US. That’s our business, and obviously we recommend starting your business in a certain way. We call it “Starting a Business the Right Way."
Starting your business the right way means hiring a registered agent to form your LLC or corporation so you can protect your privacy and receive the care your business needs to stay active. If you hire us to start your Kansas business, we’ll be your registered agent, provide Privacy by Default®, a business address, mail forwarding and local Corporate Guide® service for life.
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.
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.
Opening a business banking account under your new Kansas business name should be easy with these two items.
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.
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.
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.
If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.
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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.START YOUR KANSAS BUSINESS TODAY
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:
- 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.