There are three ways to incorporate your business in Kentucky:

  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the Secretary of State office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

KY Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Kentucky Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Kentucky, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 3 to 5 days to process your filing). If you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business, we are authorized to file online with the state, and we’ll form your LLC or corporation in 1 business day.

To complete your Kentucky Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The corporate name must be distinguishable upon records of secretary of state from the name of existing business entities filed with secretary of state. The corporation may use one of these names if other corporation consents in writing or in certain other enumerated cases. The name must include “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company”, “limited” or an abbreviation thereof.The name shall not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for purpose other than that what is permitted by the act or the articles.
Company Purpose List the reason for forming the corporation or the business/activity which the corporation will engage in.
Authorized Shares List the number of shares of corporate stock you are currently authorizing. Technically, this is when you “create” your stock (more can always be authorized later), and that stock will be issued to your shareholders at your first shareholder meeting.
Registered Agent Information In Kentucky, a registered agent (also known as a resident agent) is an individual or business that serves as your company’s official point of contact for lawsuits and legal notices. As part of Active Filings’ incorporation service, we include a year of registered agent service when you hire us to incorporate your business in Kentucky.
Names and Addresses of the Incorporators The incorporator is the person or company authorized to form the corporation. For example, if you hired us, we would list ourselves as the incorporator. The incorporator does not have any stake in or claim to the corporation being formed.

Director Information

Minimum Number One or more
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements None
Articles of Incorporation Directors are not required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

An increase in the shares may cause an increase in the initial filing fee.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • File with Secretary of State by last day of June annually, setting forth by corporation’s name, the state where incorporated, address of registered office of corporation, registered agent’s name, and names and business addresses of directors and principal officers. Fee is $15.

Income Tax Rate

4% of first $25,000 of taxable net income, 5% of next $25,000, 6% of next $50,000, and 7% on next $150,000 and 8.25% over $250,000

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When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Kentucky, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, this includes:

  • Free expedited service
  • One year of registered agent service
  • An online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.

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