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Starting a business in Kansas

Four easy steps to starting a business in Kansas

Register with the Kansas Secretary of State

  • Sole proprietors and partnerships DO NOT need to register
  • Corporations must file Articles of Incorporation, LLCs must file Articles of Organization, and Limited Partnerships must file Certificates of Limited Partnership. Filings are available at Kansas Secretary of State.

Kansas has 12 types of taxes.

Find out about Business Taxes (PDF) and then use the Business Tax Application (PDF) to file the appropriate form.

If hiring employees

Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online.

Go to the Department of Labor for information about worker’s compensation, unemployment, etc.

Check for city/county licenses and permits

Contact your local city/county to see if licenses and permits are needed. Search for county clerks.

Professional Licensure in Kansas

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