How to start an LLC in Kentucky

Learn the essential steps, legal requirements, and key considerations for starting a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Kentucky, ensuring compliance with state regulations and setting up your business for success.

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Benefits of starting your business in Kentucky

One of the primary benefits of starting an LLC in Kentucky is the state's favorable business environment, which is designed to support small and emerging businesses. Entrepreneurs will appreciate the straightforward and relatively low-cost process for setting up an LLC. Kentucky also offers appealing tax benefits, including no franchise tax or privilege tax, which can result in significant savings for new businesses. Additionally, LLCs in Kentucky enjoy flexibility in management structure and operational procedures, which can be customized to suit the unique needs of the business. The state also boasts a supportive infrastructure with access to valuable resources and networks that can help businesses grow and thrive.

Pros

  • Favorable tax environment for businesses
  • Access to a diverse and skilled workforce
  • Simplified online registration process

Cons

  • State-specific taxes apply
  • Annual report mandatory
  • Complicated paperwork

How to start your business in Kentucky

To start an LLC in Kentucky, first choose a unique name that complies with state naming requirements and includes "Limited Liability Company" or an abbreviation such as "LLC." Next, file the Articles of Organization with the Kentucky Secretary of State, either online or by mail, and pay the required filing fee. You will need to provide basic information such as your LLC's name, principal office address, and registered agent details. A registered agent, who must have a physical address in Kentucky, is responsible for receiving legal documents on behalf of your LLC. Drafting an Operating Agreement, while not legally required, is highly recommended to outline the management structure and operating procedures of your LLC. Finally, obtain any necessary business licenses or permits and apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS if you plan to hire employees or open a business bank account. Ensure to comply with ongoing state requirements, including filing an annual report and paying the annual renewal fee to keep your LLC in good standing.

Choose and reserve a name

It's wise to check your LLC name against similar businesses in your area. We include a name check with our formation services and can reserve names for you.

Pick a Registered Agent (RA)

An RA physically receives your LLC's legal notices during normal business hours. Most states require this, including Kentucky—but the good news is, we can do it for you.

File a Certificate of Formation

This document contains basic details about your LLC, including its name and address. When we file this for you, it's typically sent to the Kentucky Secretary of State.

Preparing an Operating Agreement

This outlines your LLC's rules for everything from decision-making to distributing profits. Though it isn't required in your state, our templates make it easy to prepare one and define your rights.

Get an Employer ID Number (EIN)

An EIN is like a Social Security number for your LLC, and is needed for banking, taxes, and hiring. Kentucky LLCs may also have additional post-formation tax and regulatory requirements.

Determine licenses needed

You'll also need to apply for any specific permits or licenses that may be required for compliance, although it's wise to wait until your LLC's formation documents are approved.

How doola can help

If you need help setting up and managing your business in the US, doola has you covered. Our comprehensive package is a business-in-a-box solution that handles business formation, annual state filings, federal tax filings, and registered agent services.

From forming an LLC corporation to filing articles of incorporation and obtaining an EIN, we’ll help you navigate the complexities of running a US business to ensure it remains in good standing with the state.

Book a complimentary consultation with a CPA or dedicated account manager to learn how we can help your business succeed!

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Each state charges a one-time formation fee. Your state fee will vary depending on the state you form in. Not sure which state to choose? Take our quiz →

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What we need from you is your:

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  • Personal address (it can be anywhere in the world)
  • Email address

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Step 2

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What you get from us:

  • Company formed with any state
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Operating Agreement & Articles of Organization
  • Registered Agent service

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8 weeks (on average) without SSN

Step 3

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Once you get your EIN (required for a bank account), you’re ready to apply for a US bank account through our custom partner portal. A passport is required for this step. ‍

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3 – 5 business days

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YC S20’s @doolaHQ is the one-stop-shop for U.S. and non-U.S. residents to launch a U.S. LLC and C Corp — and today they're launching full support for DAO LLCs, bridging web3 and web2:

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Ankur Nagpal

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Sahil Bloom

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Alex Lieberman

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I love businesses that go long growth of entrepreneurship. @tryramp for startup spending, @doola for business formation, @carta for equity management and @Rippling for HR & IT

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Elizabeth Yin

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Rohun

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Do I need to be a US citizen to work with doola?

No, you don’t! We work with entrepreneurs from around the world to get their businesses incorporated. Don’t take our word for it, though; check out our TrustPilot Page to hear what people globally have to say about doola.

What information do you need from me to get started?

We don't need any documents to get started. We just need a few pieces of info from you:

  • Your Company Name
  • Your Personal Address
  • Phone Number and Email (For contact purposes)

Later in the process, you'll need a passport to set up your bank account.

What is an EIN?

An Employer Identification Number is the tax identification number for your organization and a requirement of many banks or institutions (such as the IRS) to carry out business in the US. Once your EIN is acquired, you can apply for business bank accounts and payment gateways. Learn more about the full process.

What is an ITIN?

An Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) can be used as an alternative for a Social Security Number (SSN) in some cases and is not a requirement in most cases. However, you will be required to have one if you wish to apply for a PayPal account or certain bank accounts. We walk you through how this process looks like in our guide!

What is an LLC (Limited Liability Company)?

A limited liability company is a formal business structure (created as per state law) where the business is legally distinct from the owner(s). It may have a single owner in the case of a Single-Member LLC or multiple owners in the case of a Multi-Member LLC.

An LLC combines the perks of a corporation (protection against personal liability) and a partnership (pass-through taxation). Since the business has a separate legal existence, the members are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Company.

State laws stipulate how LLCs should be incorporated. Some states require specific documents, such as the articles of organization, membership agreement, etc., to be filed with the authorities.

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