Incorporating in Kentucky falls under the Cabinet for Economic Development and the Kentucky Office of Secretary of State. The main office is located in the state capital of Frankfort. The various types of business structures available include Domestic Business Corporation, Nonprofit Organization, Professional Service Corporation, Foreign Corporation, Domestic Limited Liability Company, Foreign Limited Liability Company, and Limited Partnership.
Foreign and Domestic Corporations
A corporation can consist of one single person in the state of Kentucky. A one person business is considered a valid form of a corporation and you don’t have to employ other workers in order to be considered a corporation.
A foreign corporation is a corporation that is registered in another State and does its business in Kentucky. Foreign corporations are still obligated to register in Kentucky and get a Kentucky Foreign Entity Number. A business license is also required in these instances as well. An Application for Certificate of Authority and two copies must be filed with the Secretary of State’s office. Along with this certificate, a certificate of existence must also be filed. Two file-stamped copies of the Articles of Incorporation will be sent back to you and one of these must be filed with your county clerk’s office.
Domestic corporations are those that are created in Kentucky. The registered agent has to hold a physical address in the state of Kentucky. To manage a domestic (established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky) corporation, the Articles of Incorporation must be either filed online or submitted in paper-based format. Two exact or photocopied versions must be filed with the Secretary of State’s office. One copy that is file-stamped must then be filed with the county clerk’s office in the county in which the corporation is registered.
Officers and documents
Corporations in Kentucky must have at least one director whose names and address appears in the Articles of Incorporation. The corporate officer titles are established by the bylaws or the Board of Directors. There must be at least one director. It is possible for one person to hold more than one title.
The registered agent has to be an individual resident of Kentucky, a Kentucky domestic non-corporation, a Kentucky domestic corporation, a Kentucky domestic limited liability company, a foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in Kentucky, a foreign corporation, or a foreign non-corporation. An officer or the chairman of the board has to sign on behalf of the corporation if the registered agent is a corporation.
If correspondence from the Office of the Secretary of State is to be sent to a different address then a written request must be sent.
A report must be filed on an annual basis with the Kentucky Secretary of State. The report is not due during the first year. Thereafter, however, the report has to be filed before the end of the month in which the corporation was established.
The report must include the corporation’s name and the state and county of incorporation, the address of its registered office, the name of the registered agent in that office, the names and addresses of the directors, and the address in which correspondence should be mailed to.
Forming a corporation online
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