Last updated October 13, 2021
Free Kentucky Veteran LLC
(Boots to Business)
How to form an LLC in Kentucky
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Kentucky.
Kentucky LLC costs:
State filing fee: $40 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $15 (every year)
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And good news, Kentucky LLCs are free for veterans.
This means your LLC’s Articles of Organization is $0 (instead of $40).
And your LLC Annual Report is $0 for the first 4 years (instead of $15 per year).
Kentucky LLCs became free for veterans after House Bill 367 was passed. This is also known as the “Boots to Business” program.
Who does Kentucky consider a veteran?
House Bill 367 defines a veteran as anyone:
who served in the United States Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard and was separated or released therefrom with an honorable discharge, discharge under honorable conditions, or general discharge under honorable conditions or any person who currently serves in the United States Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard“
In simpler terms, you can qualify for the Boots to Business program (and get a free Kentucky LLC) if you’re currently on active duty or if you were honorably discharged.
Requirements for House Bill 367 and the veteran LLC exemption
In order to form your LLC for free and be exempt from paying the Annual Report fee for 4 years, the LLC Member (or Members) who are veterans must own at least 51% of the Kentucky LLC.
You can form a veteran-owned LLC in Kentucky with just 1 Member or as many Members as you’d like.
How to form a veteran LLC in Kentucky?
In order to get a free veteran LLC in Kentucky, you have to file a form called the Articles of Organization.
This can be filed online, by mail, or in person. On the paper form (or in the online filing), you’ll just have to check a box stating that your LLC is at least 51% veteran-owned.
We have instructions on this page: How to form an LLC in Kentucky.
Kentucky General Assembly: House Bill 367
Kentucky General Assembly: Kentucky Revised Statutes
Kentucky General Assembly: Overview of House Bill 367
Kentucky Small Business Administration: Boots to Business