How To Fill Out The Kentucky Articles of Organization

Overview

How To Fill Out The Kentucky Articles of Organization

Kentucky LLC Articles of Organization PDF

The Kentucky Articles of Organization is the official document filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State to establish a Limited Liability Company (LLC). After the filing is approved by the state, the business can officially begin operating and register for the necessary business licenses and permits.
 
To file the Kentucky Articles of Organization, you will need to submit a completed Form KLC to the Kentucky Secretary of State. The form can be completed and sent by mail or filed online.
 

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Let’s go over how to fill out the LLC Articles of Organization in Kentucky. To get started, visit the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website.

Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC

Kentucky LLC Name

The first step in filling out the Kentucky Operating Agreement is to pick a business name. There are a few requirements when choosing a Kentucky LLC name.

1. The name of your LLC must not be too similar to the name of another business entity already registered with the state of Kentucky. You can verify name availability by doing a Kentucky LLC name search with the Kentucky Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.

2. The name of the LLC must include one of the following entity identifiers at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
– Limited Liability Co.
– LLC
– L.L.C.

Enter the LLC name including the identifier to continue. If you choose a name that is taken, the Secretary of State will return your application.

Step 2: Appoint a Registered Agent

Kentucky LLC Registered Agent

One requirement to have an LLC in Kentucky is to appoint a Kentucky Registered Agent. The registered agent is a party that is physically located in the state of Kentucky that will receive important notices and service of process (which means to accept papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC.

Provided the LLC member lives in the state of Kentucky, they may act as the Registered Agent or the agent can be an adult resident of the state or Registered Agent Service.

Related: Should you be the registered agent?

Enter the street address of the initial registered office, which is the address of the registered agent. A PO Box is not allowed. Next, provide the individual’s name who will act as the Registered Agent or the name of the Registered Agent service.

Later, in step 7, the Registered Agent will acknowledge they agree to serve as the LLC’s agent.

Step 3: Enter a Mailing Address for the LLC

Kentucky LLC Principal Office

A separate mailing address can be included for the initial principal office. The initial principal office can be the registered agent’s address or any address where the Secretary of State can send correspondence.

A PO Box can be used for the mailing address.

Step 4: Select the Management Structure of the LLC

Kentucky LLC Management Structure

The next step provides information regarding whether the LLC is Manager-Managed or Member-Managed.

Member-Managed LLC is involved with the day-to-day operations of the business. Many LLCs are operated and run by the owner, in which case would be Member-Managed.

Manager-Managed LLC refers to a Limited Liability Company that hires a manager to run the business, similar to hiring a CEO of a corporation.

Step 5: Choose the Effective Start Date

Kentucky LLC Effective Date

An option to choose an effective date (starting date) is available for up to 90 days in the future. Some will delay the effective date (starting date) of the LLC if they aren’t ready to start the business, but want the filing out of the way. Others will delay the start date if the filing is being done at the end of a calendar year and don’t expect there to be any business activity, which eliminates filing a tax return.

By default, the effective date is the day the Secretary of State files the formation paperwork. Otherwise, enter a different start date.

Step 6: Enter Information about the LLC

Kentucky LLC Information

The next several boxes ask questions such as what county the business will be operating, number of employees, ownership, and industry.

Fill in the boxes to complete this section.

Step 7: Sign the Articles of Organization

Kentucky LLC Signed Articles of Organization

The Organizer is someone who is involved with the LLC formation.  The Organizer may or may not be a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant, but any of the initial member(s) could be listed as an organizer.

The organizer will review the Articles of Organization and if all of the information is correct, they will sign the document. Additionally, the Registered Agent will have to agree to serve as the agent of the LLC, along with signing the document.

You’ve filed your Kentucky LLC Articles of Organization! Now what?

After the LLC is officially filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State, there are a few additional things to follow up on. Below is a list of some of the tasks to consider.

Prepare a Kentucky LLC Operating Agreement

The operating agreement is an internal document that covers items like ownership rights, profit and loss distribution, member responsibilities, and more.

Kentucky Statute § 275-180 states that an LLC Operating Agreement is optional.  Despite the Operating Agreement not being required, it is recommended to have one as it can help to prevent disputes among members and protect the LLC’s legal status.

Related: How to Create a Kentucky Operating Agreement

Obtain an EIN

The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The EIN will be needed before filing business tax returns, opening a bank account, hiring employees, registering for business licenses and permits, and more.

Related: How to Apply for an EIN

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