How to Start a Business in Kansas (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in KansasAre you thinking about starting your own business in Kansas? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Kansas. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Kansas.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Kansas

Agency ResponsibleKansas Secretary of State – Business Filing Center
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization (Form DL)
ModeMail, in-person, fax, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $30 (Online)/ $35 (Mail)
Filing Fee$165
TimeBy Mail: 3 days, Online: Instant
LawKS Stat § 17-7673


Summary:

  1. Check for business name availability
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization (Form DL)
  5. Prepare an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Get Kansas tax ID number
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  9. (Ongoing) File Annual Report

How to Start a Corporation in Kansas

Agency ResponsibleKansas Secretary of State – Business Filing Center
Form(s) to be filledFor-Profit Articles of Incorporation (Form CF)
ModeMail, in-person, fax, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $30 (Online)/ $35 (Mail)
Filing Fee$165
TimeBy Mail: 3 days, Online: Instant
LawKansas Code Chapter 17 CORPORATIONS Article 6073

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation(Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill the For-Profit Articles of Incorporation form (Form CF)
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Get Kansas tax ID number
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  9. (Ongoing) File Annual Report



References:
https://law.justia.com/codes/kansas/2017/chapter-17/article-76/
https://www.sos.ks.gov/other/articles_of_formation.html

Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018