Kansas Corporation Formation

Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for Kansas incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in Kansas

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Kansas corporation. View our pricing to incorporate as a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Kansas with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • 24-hour turn-around. Kansas has a 24-hour filing option, which is outlined in our pricing.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.

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Corporate name

The name must contain the word "Association," "Church," "College," "Company," "Corporation," "Club," "Foundation," "Fund," "Incorporated," "Institute," "Society," "Union," "Syndicate," "Limited" or the abbreviation "Co.," "Corp.," "Inc." or "Ltd.". It must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from names of other corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships.

Director information

The following are the Kansas requirements for directors of corporations:

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
  • Residence requirements. Kansas does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. Directors must be at least 18 years old.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation. Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation

The document required to form a corporation in Kansas is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. The Kansas requirements include:

  • Officers. Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
  • Stock. Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value does not affect initial filing fees.
  • Registered agent. Corporations must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Kansas. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
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Professional services businesses

Kansas allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).

After forming a corporation, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability a corporation provides its owners. This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Kansas corporations.

Corporate records

Kansas corporations must keep corporate records at the principal place of business.

Corporate taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Kansas corporations:

  • Annual report and franchise tax. Kansas requires corporations to file an annual report, which is due on the 15th day of the fourth month after the close of its fiscal year (April 15 for calendar-year corporations). The fee is $55. Kansas also has a franchise tax for corporations that have taxable equity, net capital accounts, income as reported on a federal partnership return or corpus amounting to more than $1 million. The franchise tax is calculated at $0.3125 per $1000 and is due the 15th day of the fourth month after the close of the tax year.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for Kansas corporations, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of Kansas .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for corporations that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Kansas does not require a state tax identification number.

Business licenses

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.

S corporation election

Kansas recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.

Additional Kansas information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Kansas:

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