Starting a Business in Kansas Checklist

Check business name availability with the Kansas Secretary of State

Start by doing a search to see if your business name is available: https://www.kansas.gov/businesscenter/

Kansas corporation names must include one of the following words: “Association”; “church”; “college”; “company”; “corporation”; “club”; “foundation”; “fund”; “incorporated”; “institute”; “society”; “union”; “university”; “syndicate” or “limited”; or one of the following abbreviations: “Co.”; “corp.”; “inc.” or “ltd.”.

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) in Kansas must include the words “limited liability company” or “limited company,” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.,” “L.C.” or the designation “LLC” or “LC”.

Kansas Secretary of State

Office of the Secretary of State
Business Services
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
P: (785) 296-4564
F: (785) 296-4570

File paperwork to form my business

First, you’ll file with the state to form your business. To form a corporation, file Articles of Incorporation and pay the $90 filing fee. To form a Kansas LLC, file Articles of Organization and pay the $165 fee. You can mail or fax your paperwork to the Secretary of the State or file online at https://www.kansas.gov/businesscenter/ online filings are processed immediately. Mailed filings take a few days. Faxed filings take only 1 day but you have to pay $20 for expedited processing.

Business entity filings in Kansas require the following information:

- Business name and primary and mailing addresses

- Kansas resident registered agent name and physical address

- Tax closing month

- Effective date

- Authorized share information (corporations only)

- Name and address of each incorporator (corporations only)

- Names and addresses of board of directors (corporations only)

- Signature of incorporators/organizer

If you want to hire a professional incorporation service company to complete your filing for you, you can incorporate in Kansas with Northwest Registered Agent.

Kansas Business Services

Office of the Secretary of State
Business Services
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
P: (785) 296-4564
F: (785) 296-4570

Register with the Department of Revenue

Once you have formed your company, register it with the Department of Revenue. You should begin the tax registration process at least a month before you plan to start doing business in Kansas. Submit the business tax application to the Department of Revenue to register for up to 12 types of taxes online at https://www.accesskansas.org/businesscenter/

You may submit the paper business tax application form if you prefer. Mail or fax the completed form to the Department of Revenue.

Income Tax:

The corporate income tax rate is 4%. The tax rate is 7% for income over $50,000.
The individual income tax rate ranges from 3.5% to 6.45%.

Sales Tax:

The Kansas sales tax rate is 6.15% plus any local taxes

Department of Revenue

Kansas Department of Revenue
915 SW Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66625-9000
P: (785) 368-8222
F: (785) 291-3614

Get a business license

There is no general state business license but some businesses need a trade or professional license. http://www.networkkansas.com/docs/default-source/ntks-website/common-business-licenses-pdf.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Any other registration requirements?

Check with the county/city where you do business to see if they have licensing requirements.

Sedgwick County

You should check with the county to see if your business needs special licenses or permits.
If your business owns or leases tangible personal property, you must file a personal property rendition with the County Appraiser’s office for all business related property. You can file the personal property rendition online at http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/appraiser/renditions.asp

City of Wichita

Not all Wichita businesses will need a license. Businesses license applications are available on the City of Wichita website: http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/Finance/Pages/Licenses.aspx

Wyandotte County and Kansas City

Most businesses are not required to obtain a business license, however each must pay an occupation tax. For more information see the County’s business license webpage http://www.wycokck.org/businesslicense/

Local Licensing Info

Sedwick County

Sedgwick County Appraiser’s Office
Personal Property
4035 E. Harry
Wichita, KS 67218
P: (316) 660-9110
F: (316)660-9219

City of Wichita

City of Wichita
455 N Main, 12th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
P: (316) 268-4300
F: (316) 268-4656

Wyandotte County and Kansas City

Business Licenses
4953 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66102
P: (913) 573-8782
F: (913) 573-8622

Collect and Charge Sales Tax

Do I need to collect Kansas sales tax?

If your business sells, rents or leases tangible personal property you need to apply for a sales tax permit. This includes labor services to install, apply, repair, service, alter, or maintain tangible personal property and admissions to entertainment, amusement, or recreation places in Kansas.

What is the Kansas sales tax rate?

State sales tax rate is 6.15% plus any local taxes.

How do I register for Kansas sales tax?

You should begin the tax registration process at least a month before you plan to start doing business in Kansas. Submit your business tax application to the Department of Revenue to register for sales and other taxes online at https://www.accesskansas.org/businesscenter
You may submit the paper business tax application form if you prefer. Mail or fax the completed form to the Department of Revenue.

How much does a Kansas sales tax permit cost?

No fee

Contact Info

Kansas Department of Revenue
915 SW Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66625-9000
P: (785) 368-8222
F: (785) 291-3614
http://www.ksrevenue.org/busregistration.html