How to Start an LLC in Alaska
Located in the far northwest of the U.S., Alaska is the largest state in the country, but one of the most sparsely populated. The main industries in Alaska include natural resources, agriculture, shipping, transportation and tourism. Alaska does not have a statewide income tax and no centralized sales tax, although many areas do impose local sales taxes.
If you want to start your own business in Alaska, one of the best ways to do so is by forming an Alaska LLC. Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Alaska LLCs give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.
Briefly, the benefits of starting an Alaska LLC include:
- Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
- Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration of your Alaska LLC
- Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment
Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.
Form an Alaska LLC in Six Quick Steps
We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in AK. On this page, you’ll find the basic steps of how to form an Alaska LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.
First, you need to gather basic information about your LLC, including the names and addresses of the managers or members. The LLC members are typically the people who own and run the business. They are also the ones who can take profits out of the business to pay themselves.
You will need a distinctive and original name for your LLC that’s not used by any other business in Alaska. To find out if another company is using your chosen business name, carry out a business entity name search on the Alaska Division of Corporations website.
There are a few rules you’ll need to follow when choosing an LLC name. You can find out more in our guide to naming your Alaska LLC.
Learn about Alaska LLC business naming rules.
Every Alaska LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), your company’s office building or any physical address of your preference. The address must be inside the state of Alaska, but it cannot be a P.O. Box.
Every Alaska LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” This is an official position; the Registered Agent is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Alaska Division of Corporations.
This position can be filled by you, another manager in the business or a dedicated Registered Agent service. Your Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Alaska and must be present to receive important documents for your company during business hours.
At Incfile, all of our packages include an Alaska Registered Agent service that is free for the first year and just $119 per year afterward. We also have a dashboard where you can log in and easily view any document your Registered Agent has received on your behalf.
Learn more about Alaska Registered Agents.
You will need an EIN to identify your business with the IRS. You use this number when filing and paying taxes or when submitting payroll information and payments for your employees. You can obtain one directly from the IRS, or we can get one for you as part of the Alaska LLC business formation process.
Once you've gathered all the information for your LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the Alaska Division of Corporations. This document is known as your “Articles of Organization,” and filing the document creates your Alaska LLC. Here’s what is typically included:
- Your business name and address
- Details of your Registered Agent
- Purpose of your business
- Name of the incorporator
You can file your Alaska Articles of Organization online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf. There is a fee to file and start an LLC in Alaska, but you only need to file your Articles of Organization once.
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Review Information from the Alaska Division of Corporations
The Division of Corporations has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Alaska. Check out additional resources below.
Special Types of Alaska LLCs
A regular Alaska LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.
Some states allow certain occupations to form “professional LLCs.” These types of businesses typically have special requirements and licensing. Alaska does not recognize or allow for the formation of professional LLCs.
What to Do After Forming Your Alaska LLC
Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Alaska? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.
Other Information in This Guide
You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:
How to search the Alaska business registry of the Division of Corporations and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving an Alaska LLC name and more.
How to appoint a Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching forAlaska Registered Agents.
How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Alaska rules. Includes details of Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Alaska and federal business licenses, annual reports and more.
How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Alaska government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Alaska taxes like sales tax and income tax.