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    awpForming an LLC in Kansasawp is easy. First, you will need to file the awpArticles of Organizationawp with the awpKansas Secretary of Stateawp, which costs $160-$165. You can apply online or by mail. The Articles of Organization is the legal document that officially creates your Kansas Limited Liability Company.

    Follow the step-by-step guide below to start your Kansas LLC today and get your business up and running.

    Steps to start an L L C in Kansas

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    After registering a domain name, consider setting up a professional email account (@yourcompany.com). Google's G Suite offers a business email service that comes with other useful tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, and more. Try it for free

    Not sure what to name your business? Check out our LLC Name Generator. Then, create a logo with our Free Logo Generator.

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    awpWhat is an LLC?awp

    LLC is short for Limited Liability Company. It is a simple business structure that offers more flexibility than a traditional corporation while providing many of the same benefits. For more information, read our What is an LLC guide.

    Watch our video: What is an LLC?

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    awpCan I be my own registered agent?awp

    Yes. You or anyone else in your company can serve as the registered agent for your LLC.

    Read more about being your own registered agent.

    awpIs a Registered Agent service worth it?awp

    Using a professional Registered Agent service is an affordable way to manage government filings for your LLC. For most businesses, the advantages of using a professional service significantly outweigh the annual costs.

    For more information, read our article on Kansas registered agents.

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    awpWhat is the processing time to form my Kansas LLC?awp

    Immediately after receiving payment online, 2 days by mail.

    awpWhat is the difference between a domestic Kansas LLC and foreign LLC?awp

    An LLC is referred to as a "domestic LLC" when it conducts business in the state where it was formed. Normally when we refer to an LLC we are actually referring to a domestic LLC. A foreign LLC must be formed when an existing LLC wishes to expand its business to another state.

    Read our What Is a Foreign LLC article to learn more.

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    awpDo I need to file my operating agreement with the state?awp

    No. The operating agreement is an internal document that you should keep on file for future reference. However, many states do legally require LLCs to have an operating agreement in place.

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    awpHow do I get an EIN if I don’t have a Social Security number?awp

    An SSN is awpnotawp required to get an EIN. You can simply fill out IRS Form SS-4 and leave section 7b blank. Then call the IRS at (267) 941-1099 to complete your application. awpLearn more here about applying as an international applicant.

    awpWhat tax structure should I choose for my Kansas LLC?awp

    When you get an EIN, you will be informed of the different tax classification options that are available. Most LLCs elect the default tax status.

    However, some LLCs can reduce their federal tax obligation by choosing the S corporation (S corp) status. To learn more, read our LLC vs S Corp guide.

    awpDo I need an EIN for my LLC?awp

    All LLCs with employees, or any LLC with more than one member, must have an EIN. This is awprequiredawp by the IRS.

    Learn why we recommend awpalwaysawp getting an EIN and how to get one for free in our Do I Need an EIN for an LLC guide.

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    We reviewed and ranked the top 5 LLC formation services.
    Find out which is best for your Kansas LLC.

    Best LLC Services

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    Using dedicated business banking and credit accounts is essential for awppersonal asset protectionawp.

    When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your LLC is sued. In business law, this is referred to as piercing your corporate veil.

    Additionally, learning how to build business credit can help you get credit cards and other financing in your business's name (instead of yours), better interest rates, higher lines of credit, and more.

    You can protect your business with these two steps:

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    • Separates your personal assets from your company's assets, which is necessary for personal asset protection.
    • Makes accounting and tax filing easier.
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    awpRecommended:awp BlueVine is an awponline bankawp with free business checking and no hidden fees. Great for businesses who do not often deal with cash.

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    • Helps you separate personal and business expenses.
    • Builds your company's credit history, which can be useful to raise capital later on.

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    Improperly signing a document as yourself and not as a representative of the business can leave you open to personal liability. When signing legal documents on behalf of your company, you could follow this formula to avoid problems:

    1. Formal name of your business
    2. Your signature
    3. Your name
    4. Your position in the business as its authorized representative

    See the image below for an example.

    How to properly sign a legal document: 1. Signature 2. Company Name 3. Printed Name 4. A Title

    This ensures that you are signing on behalf of your LLC and not as yourself.

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    Depending on the nature of your business, you may be required to register for one or more forms of state tax.

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    If you have employees in Kansas, you will have to register for the awpUnemployment Insurance Taxawp with the Kansas Department of Labor. You will also need to sign up for the awpEmployee Withholding Taxawp through the Kansas department of revenue.

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    Kansas requires LLCs to file an annual report with the Secretary of State. This can be done online or by mail.

    File Your Annual Report

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    awpFee:awp $50 Online, $55 by Mail (Nonrefundable)

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    awpKansas Secretary of State
    Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
    120 S.W. 10th Avenue
    Topeka, KS 66612

    awpDue Date:awp Due by the 15th day of the fourth month after an LLC's tax closing month. For example, if your LLC's tax closing month is December, your annual report will be due by April 15.

    awpLate Filings:awp Kansas dissolves LLCs after 90 days for failure to file an annual report.

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    LLCs may face fines and even automatic dissolution when they miss one or more state filings. When this happens, LLC owners risk loss of limited liability protection. A quality registered agent service can help prevent this outcome by notifying you of upcoming filing deadlines and by submitting reports on your behalf.

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    awpRecommended:awp ZenBusiness offers a reliable registered agent service and excellent customer support.

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    After starting a business, two of the most important things you can do are get professional accounting and hire the right employees. Streamlining these processes can save you time and money as your business grows.

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    awpWhat is the minimum wage in Kansas?awp

    The minimum wage in Kansas is $7.25 per hour.

    awpHow often do I need to pay employees?awp

    Kansas requires wages to be paid at least once a month, on a reliable schedule determined by the employer.

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    In the day-to-day of running a business, it's hard to be readily available for new clients or customers who want to contact you. For service-based businesses that don’t already have a brick-and-mortar location, a awpvirtual officeawp can solve this problem. You can get a dedicated awpbusiness mailing addressawp and a awpbusiness phone numberawp with call-forwarding so that you never need to worry about losing a potential customer.

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    awpRecommended: awpOpus Virtual Office can set up your businesses with a live receptionist and all the perks of a virtual office for a great price of $99/month. Plus, as a visitor of HowToStartAnLLC, you can save $200 today.

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    TRUiC has created video guides to support and reinforce our on-page guides. These videos help to visualize the ideas and lessons that you need to know to create and run a successful business.

    How to Form a Kansas LLC Video Playlist 
    Business Ideas Video Playlist

    Check out our growing library of small business videos on the TRUiC YouTube channel.

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    Forming a foreign LLC allows your company to operate as one entity in multiple states. If you have an existing LLC and want to do business in Kansas, you will need to register as a foreign LLC. This can be done by mail or fax.

    Register as a Foreign LLC in Kansas

    awpFile by Mail or by Fax with the Kansas Secretary of Stateawp

    Download Form

    awpFee:awp $165 (Nonrefundable)

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    Kansas Secretary of State
    Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
    120 S.W. 10th Avenue
    Topeka, KS 66612

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    If at any point in the future you no longer wish to conduct business with your LLC, it is important to officially dissolve it. Failure to do so in a timely fashion can result in tax liabilities and penalties, or even legal trouble. To dissolve your LLC, there are two broad steps:

    • Close your business tax accounts
    • File the Articles of Dissolution

    When you are ready to dissolve your LLC, follow the steps in our Kansas LLC Dissolution Guide.

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    LLC: An LLC is a US business structure that offers the personal liability protection of a corporation with the pass-through taxation of a sole proprietorship or partnership.

    DBA: A DBA, or doing business as name, is any name a business operates under that isn't its legal name.

    Partnership: A partnership is an informal business structure owned by more than one individual that doesn't provide personal liability protection.

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