State Information


Selecting the Kentucky Corporation or LLC Name

When picking out a name to use for your Kentucky corporation, it should be remembered that the name will be unique and will identify you as a separate entity that will be transacting business in the state. The name of the corporation must end with “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Corp” or “Inc.”. When developing a name for a limited liability company it must end with “Limited Liability Company” or “LLC”.
Since the name will be identifying your corporation or LLC as a unique entity doing business within the state to Kentucky consumers, the name will not be accepted if it is likely to mislead the public or if it too closely resembles the name of another corporation or LLC formed in Kentucky.
Do not use any type of punctuation such as hyphens, underscores, slashes, periods or commas in name selection.

Selecting a Board of Directors

A corporation or LLC can have several members serve as directors but is only required to have one. Since the board is responsible for managing the corporation, it is suggested that the board be comprised of individuals that are officers or shareholders who have some type of daily involvement with the corporation. Kentucky has no minimum age requirements for a director.

Kentucky Taxes

Corporations are expected to file the Kentucky Corporation Income/License Tax return, Form KY 720 or Form KY 720S annually, whether a “C” or “S” corporation. The amount of tax is dependent on a number of factors and there is a minimum license tax of $30.00 for every corporation.
An LLC within Kentucky is required to file as either a corporation or a partnership dependent on the election made on the SS-4. Kentucky maintains an individual income tax so employers are expected to withhold state income tax. Kentucky maintains a sales and use tax of 6%.

Registered Agent

The registered agent must have a physical street address within Kentucky state. PO boxes are not acceptable, within Kentucky.
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