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When considering whether or not to start a small business, there are several factors to keep in mind while determining where you would start your business. Fit Small Business compiled a 2018 ranking of all 50 states to determine the best states to start a small business, using the following categories:

  • Taxes – This includes corporate, sales, property tax, individual income, and unemployment insurance tax rates. The ranking demonstrates how much you can expect that your business would have to pay in taxes in the state ranked.
  • Labor Market – This category was assessed by including unemployment rates well as education levels (% of adults ages 25 to 34 who have attained at least a bachelor’s degree). This is meant to measure availability of desirable employees and the overall strength of this market in the state ranked.
  • Cost of Living – This includes costs of utilities, grocery, healthcare, housing, and transportation.
  • Quality of Life – This category is based on access to education, physical safety, and healthcare.
  • Cost to Start a Business – Using per capita income in the state ranked, this is meant to evaluate costs to staff your business as well as the per sq. ft/year cost to rent a commercial building.
  • Startup Activity – Meant to illustrate how likely new businesses are to succeed or fail in the state ranked, this represents the # and survivability of new businesses in that state.
  • Access to Capital – This assesses the likelihood of your business attaining startup capital by evaluating the size and # of small business loans granted and by measuring access to capital based on the availability and amount of venture capital funds.

Taking into account these factors, the survey ranked Kansas 10th out of the 50 states, with each of the categories above ranked accordingly:

  • Taxes: 23 out of 50
  • Labor Market: 13 out of 50
  • Cost of Living: 8 out of 50
  • Quality of Life: 29 out of 50
  • Cost to Start a business: 27 out of 50
  • Startup Activity: 19 out of 50
  • Access to Capital: 47 out of 50

Kansas has a low cost of living, low unemployment rate, and high rate of bachelor degree attainment. While it is difficult to access capital, there really is “no place like home”. Kansas is the leading producer of wheat in the U.S., and is the birthplace of many successes, such as Walter P. Chrysler, Icees, and Pizza Hut! If the setting for the Wizard of Oz, and the home of the longest railroad bridge, largest ball of twine, and the literal center of America catch your eye, Kansas may be the right place for your new business!

Kansas Department of Revenue
120 SE 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66612
P  785-368-8222

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Kansas Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, First Floor 120 S. W. 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
P  785-296-4564

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Small Business Advocacy
Kansas District Office

1000 Walnut St. suite 500
Kansas City, MO 64106
P  816-426-4900

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Tax Information

Tax Type
Rate / Fee
Due Date
Corporate Income Tax
Sales Tax
Due Date:
25th day of the month following the reporting period
Property Tax
Due Date:
March 15
Unemployment Tax
Due Date:
The end of the month following the end of each calendar quarter
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*(C-Corp & LLC only)
$50 online or $55 by mail.
Annually by the 15th day of the 4th month after the close of your fiscal year, usually April 15th.
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