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This guide on starting your business in Kentucky provides step-by-step instructions on the paperwork to file formation documents, obtain tax IDs, and set up company records.

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Step-By-Step Startup

Below is an overview of the paperwork, cost, and time to form each of the most popular business structures. Simply click on the link for your desired structure to view detailed step-by-step instructions.

  • If you have not decided whether you want to form an LLC, corporation, or other business structure, click here.
  • If wish to form your business in a different state than Kentucky, click here.
Structure Paperwork Cost Time

Kentucky Limited Liability Company

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  • Form KLC: Articles of Organization Limited Liability Company
  • Operating Agreement
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form 10A100: Kentucky Tax Registration Application
  • Formation: $40
  • Formation: ~3-5 business days by mail or online. While you wait if you file in-person.

Kentucky Corporation

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  • Form PAI: Articles of Incorporation - Profit Corporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form 2553: S-Corp Election, if desired
  • Form 10A100: Kentucky Tax Registration Application
  • Incorporation: $50 for 1,000 authorized shares or less
  • Incorporation: ~3-5 business days by mail or online. While you wait if you file in-person.

Kentucky Nonprofit

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  • Form NAI: Non-profit Corporation Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • IRS Form 1023: 501(c) Tax Exempt Application
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Form 10A100: Kentucky Tax Registration Application
  • Form 51A125: Application for Purchase Exemption - Sales and Use Tax
  • URS Charitable Registration, if applicable
  • Kentucky Charitable Registration
  • Incorporation: $8
  • 501(c): $275 or $600 IRS fee
  • Incorporation: ~3-5 business days by mail or online. While you wait if you file in-person.
  • 501(c): 2 weeks to 3 months

Top 5 Tips on Registering a Business in Kentucky

  1. The Kentucky Secretary of State will respond to your formation request by mailing a file stamped postcard to the principal office address.
  2. A corporate designator is required as part of your LLC or corporate business name.
  3. The fee to incorporate can be confusing. If the corporation will issue $1,000 authorized shares or less, then the state filing fee is $50. So if you issue 100 shares of stock with an initial par value of $5 per share, then the authorized shares are $500 and your filing fee will be $50.
  4. You must register with the Kentucky Department of Revenue within 30 days of formation for applicable tax accounts.
  5. Corporations and LLCs must file an annual report. The reminder postcard is mailed to the principal office address of the business. In most states, the reminder is mailed to your registered agent.

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