Kentucky Annual Report

Kentucky LLC
Annual Report Instructions

How to form an LLC in Kentucky
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Kentucky.

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. Annual Report ← you are here
7. Licenses and Permits
8. Taxes

 

Kentucky LLC costs:
State filing fee: $40 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $15 (every year)

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All LLCs doing business in Kentucky must file an Annual Report every year.

You need to file an Annual Report in order to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state.

You can file your LLC’s Annual Report by mail or online. We recommending filing online since it’s easier and the processing time is quicker.

You will find instructions below for filing by mail and filing online.

Fee
$15 for both filing by mail and filing online.

Processing Times
If you file by mail, the processing time can range from 1 day to a week (or more) depending on whether or not the Secretary of State is busy. Kentucky does not have official processing times for Annual Reports filed by mail.

If you file online, the processing time is immediate.

Due Date
Your Kentucky LLC Annual Report is due every year between January 1st and June 30th.

Penalty
If you don’t file your Annual Report by June 30th, the state will administratively dissolve your LLC. We recommend filing early in the year to avoid any issues.

How early can it be filed?
January 1st.

Reminders
The Secretary of State will mail you a postcard between January and February. The postcard will be sent to the principal office address of your LLC.

Note: You cannot change your LLC’s principal office address or Registered Agent via the Annual Report. You need to file a Statement of Change to change them.

Annual Report is free ($0) for veterans
The “Boots to Business” program started August 1st, 2018. If your LLC is at least 51% owned by either honorably discharged veterans and/or active duty, you don’t have to pay the $15 LLC Annual Report fee for your LLC’s first 4 years.

If filing your Annual Report by mail, you’ll see a checkbox for “veteran-owned”.

If you want to file your Annual Report online and get the fee waived, you have to already have formed your LLC and designated it as veteran-owned at the time of filing your Articles of Organization. That way, the state’s system already has your LLC listed under the program and it’ll show up $0 online. If you didn’t form your LLC in this manner, then you should file the Annual Report by mail to get the fee waived.

Instructions for Filing Kentucky LLC Annual Report by Mail

There are 2 ways you can file your Kentucky LLC Annual Report by mail.

The first option is to fill out the postcard that the Secretary of State sends you and update your LLC’s member or manager information, then mail it back to the state.

The second option is to go online, print your Annual Report form, and then send it to the state by mail.

If you are filing by mail, make sure to file in advance of the June 30th deadline (to account for mail time).

Filing Postcard by Mail

The state will mail postcards between January and February each year. Here is what one looks like:

kentucky llc annual report

Write the names of your members or managers and their addresses on the lines provided. Make any edits as necessary (deleting old or adding new members/managers, etc.).

Enter your signature, title (ex: “Member”), and today’s date on the corresponding lines.

Payment and Mailing Instructions:
Prepare a check or money order for $15 and make payable to “Kentucky State Treasurer”.

Send your filing fee and completed postcard to:

Secretary of State
PO Box 1150
Frankfort, KY 40602

Processing Time and Verification:
When filing by mail, the state does not send back a receipt or any confirmation that your Annual Report has been processed. To avoid any potential issues, we recommend that you go online and save a copy of your filed Annual Report.

To do so, search your LLC name here, click on your LLC name, scroll down to “Images available online”, click “Annual Report”, then download/save a copy to your computer.

Printing your Annual Report Form and Filing by Mail

1. Visit the FastTrack Business Organization Search page:
https://app.sos.ky.gov/ftsearch/

2. Search your LLC
Enter the full name or ID number of your Kentucky LLC in the search box. Leave out the designator “LLC” or “L.L.C.”. Click the name of your Kentucky LLC in the search results.

3. Download the Form
On the next page, hover your cursor above “Printable Forms” at the top left, then click “Annual Report” to download the form.

4. Members and Managers’ Information
If you need to revise the member/manager information before filing, either strike through members who are no longer part of the LLC or add any new members/managers.

5. Signature
Enter your name, title (ex: “Member”) and today’s date on the corresponding lines.

Payment and Mailing Instructions:
Prepare a check or money order for $15 and make payable to “Kentucky State Treasurer”.

Send your filing fee and completed Annual Report form to:

Secretary of State
PO Box 1150
Frankfort, KY 40602

Processing Time and Verification:
When filing by mail, the state does not send back a receipt or any confirmation that your Annual Report has been processed. To avoid any potential issues, we recommend that you go online and save a copy of your filed Annual Report.

To do so, search your LLC name here, click on your LLC name, scroll down to “Images available online”, click “Annual Report”, then download/save a copy to your computer.

Instructions for Filing Kentucky Annual Report Online

1. Visit the Kentucky Secretary of State Annual Report Filing page:
https://app.sos.ky.gov/ftsearch/?path=ftarp

2. Search your LLC
Enter the full name or ID number of your Kentucky LLC in the search box. Leave out the designator “LLC” or “L.L.C.”. Click the name of your Kentucky LLC in the search results.

3. LLC’s Principal Office Address and Registered Agent
A page will then appear showing your LLC’s principal office address, your Registered Agent and their address. Review the information, then click “Continue to file annual report”.

Note: You cannot change your LLC’s principal office address or Registered Agent via the Annual Report. You need to file a Statement of Change to change them.

4. Members and Managers’ Information
Update the information of your Kentucky LLC’s members or managers by changing their titles, names or addresses in the corresponding drop down menus as needed. Then click the “Continue to signatures” button.

5. Signature
Enter your name, title (ex: “Member”) and email. Then click the “Confirm this filing” button.

6. Review
Review the information in your Kentucky LLC’s Annual Report, make edits as needed, then click the “Pay for and complete filing” button.

7. Payment Method
Click “Pay using Credit Card or EFT”, choose your payment method on the next page and enter your billing information, then click the “Next” button. Click the “Submit filing” button to submit your Annual Report and filing fee.

Processing Time and Verification:
Once your Annual Report is processed, you’ll receive back an email with a receipt. You’ll then have to go online to download a copy of the filed Annual Report.

To download a copy of your filed Annual Report, search your LLC name here, click on your LLC name, scroll down to “Images available online”, click “Annual Report”, then download/save a copy to your computer.

Next Step

Once you reviewed (or filed) your Kentucky Annual Report, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Kentucky Business Licenses & Permits.

Kentucky Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Kentucky Secretary of State at 502-564-3490.

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