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This guide on starting your business in Alaska provides step-by-step instructions on the paperwork to file formation documents, obtain tax IDs, and set up company records.

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Step-By-Step Startup

Below is an overview of the paperwork, cost, and time to form each of the most popular business structures. Simply click on the link for your desired structure to view detailed step-by-step instructions.

  • If you have not decided whether you want to form an LLC, corporation, or other business structure, click here.
  • If wish to form your business in a different state than Alaska, click here.
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Alaska Limited Liability Company

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  • Form 08-484: Articles of Organization Domestic Limited Liability Company
  • Alaska CBPL Initial Report
  • Operating Agreement
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form 08-4181: New Alaska Business License Application
  • Formation: $250
  • Alaska business license: $50
  • Formation: Immediately online. ~10-15 business days by paper.
  • Alaska business license: Immediately online. ~10-15 business days by mail.

Alaska Corporation

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  • Form 08-400: Articles of Incorporation Domestic Business Corporation
  • CBPL Initial Report
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form 2553: S-Corp Election, if desired
  • Form 08-4181: New Alaska Business License Application
  • Incorporation: $250
  • Alaska Business License: $50
  • Incorporation: Immediately online. ~10-15 business days by paper.
  • Alaska Business License: Immediately online. ~10-15 business days by mail.

Alaska Nonprofit

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  • Form 08-438: Articles of Incorporation Domestic Nonprofit Corporation
  • Initial Report
  • Form 08-4181: New Alaska Business License Application
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • IRS Form 1023: 501(c) Tax Exempt Application
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Alaska Charitable Organizations Annual Registration Form
  • Incorporation: $50
  • Alaska business license: $50
  • 501(c): $275 or $600 IRS fee
  • Alaska Charitable Registration: $40
  • Incorporation: ~10-15 business days by mail. Immediately online.
  • Alaska business license: ~10-15 business days by mail. Immediately online.
  • 501(c): 2 weeks to 3 months

Top 5 Tips on Registering a Business in Alaska

  1. Most of your filing will be with the "Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development - Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing". For brevity, you'll often hear it called CBPL. They handle both corporate filings and business licensing, which can be confusing.
  2. A major perk of forming an LLC in Alaska is that they have no state income tax. There is no personal income tax in Alaska and since LLCs by default receive pass-through taxation, the LLC does not pay income tax either.
  3. You will obtain for a business license at the same time as you file formation documents with the CBPL. Licenses must be renewed annually.
  4. Your LLC or Corporation must file an initial report with CBPL within 6 months after formation. Thereafter, reports are due biennially.
  5. The Alaska Statutes has some detailed rules about when and how you hold the first board of directors meeting for a corporation... which we'll get into later.

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Your specialist works with you 1-on-1 to form your LLC, corporation, or other business structure. We prepare and file most formations in just one business day!

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