Kentucky LLC Requirements

Each state has different requirements for forming a limited liability company (LLC). Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you'll want to understand the state requirements for LLC formation.

Cost to form a Kentucky LLC

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the Kentucky state fees. When you view our pricing to form an LLC you will 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 Kentucky with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Organization.

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LLC Name

The name of an LLC must end with "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," "LC," "Ltd.," "Co.," "LLC" or "L.L.C." Use of the words "Engineer" or "Survey" requires approval by the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. The LLC’s name must be distinguishable upon records of Secretary of State from the name of existing business entities filed with the Secretary of State.

Member/Manager information

The following are Kentucky’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
  • Residence requirements. Kentucky does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. Kentucky does not have age requirements.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

The document required to form an LLC in Kentucky is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Kentucky's requirements include:

  • Registered agent. LLCs must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Kentucky. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Kentucky Registered Agent Service

Other filings required at time of incorporation

Some states require additional filings or steps at the time of incorporation, such as a county level filing, publishing notice of the LLC formation in a local newspaper or an initial report filing. Kentucky requires the following:

  • County filing. After the LLC is formed, one copy of the Articles of Organization must be filed with the county in which the LLC’s registered office is located.

Professional services businesses

Kentucky allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).

After forming a limited liability company (LLC) , 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 an LLC provides its owner(s). This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Kentucky LLCs.

LLC taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Kentucky LLCs:

  • Annual report. Kentucky requires LLCs to file an annual report between January 1 and June 30. The fee is $15.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for Kentucky LLCs, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of Kentucky .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for LLCs that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Kentucky requires 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.

Additional Kentucky information

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

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