A Kentucky annual report is a comprehensive report that provides details about a company's activities during the previous year. These reports give important information to shareholders and other invested parties. 

Overview of the Kentucky Annual Report

In section 14A.6-010 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, it stipulates that all entities that do business in the state are required to file a business annual report. They must file every year. Filing this report keeps your business in compliance and in good standing. You can file the report online or by mail. Filing online is easier for you; the processing time is also faster.

The fee is $15, whether you file online or by mail. This fee applies to these entities, domestic and foreign: 

Charitable entities are exempt from paying this fee.

The processing time varies from one day to one week or longer if you file by mail. The time frame depends on how busy the Secretary of State office is. There's no official processing time for mailed-in annual reports. Processing time for online filing is immediate.

You must file your annual report between January 1 and June 30 every year. If you fail to file by June 30, the state can dissolve your LLC. You should file as early as possible to avoid any issues.

In January and February of each year, the Secretary of State mails a postcard as a reminder to businesses to file their annual reports. The state sends postcards to your business's principal address. Your registered agent will receive your annual report notices.

If you fail to file your annual report prior to the deadline, the state will send you a delinquent notice. This notifies you that you have 60 days to file. Otherwise the state will dissolve your LLC or revoke your authority to do business in the state.

How to File Your Annual Report by Mail

You have two options to file by mail.

  • Option one: Fill out the reminder postcard that the state sends you. Update the member or manager information if necessary, and then send it back.
  • Option two: Visit the Kentucky Secretary of State website and print out the annual report form. Fill it out, and then mail your completed form to the state.

Make out a money order or check in the amount of $15, and make it payable to “Kentucky State Treasurer.” Be sure to mail your report and fees well in advance of the June 30 deadline.

When you file by mail, you will not receive a receipt or other confirmation that the state received your report and fees. It's recommended that you go online and save a copy of your filed report. If any issues come up in the future regarding your filing, you can use that as proof of your filing.

Online Instructions on How to File Your Annual Report

  1. Visit the online filing page.
  2. In the search box, enter your business's ID number or full company name. Leave off  “LLC” or “L.L.C.” 
  3. When your business name shows in the results, click on it. A page will show your business's principal office address as well as the name and address of your Registered Agent.
  4. Review the information to make sure it's all correct.
  5. Click “Continue To File Annual Report.” 

If you need to make changes to your business's principal address or the Registered Agent, you can't do this on your annual report. You'll have to complete a Statement of Change to update this information.

Information that can be updated about your LLC members or managers includes: 

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Titles

Click “Continue To Signatures.” Enter your name, your title, and email address. Click “Confirm This Filing.” Review all information in your annual report, make any necessary edits, and then click “Pay For and Complete Filing.”

To keep your business in good standing with the state, make sure you file your annual report and pay the necessary fees every year before the deadline. Choose the option you prefer, although it's recommended to file online, which is easy and convenient. This ensures you're allowed to continue doing business in the state of Kentucky.

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