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Form an LLC in Alaska.

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Your LLC’s Name

Your new LLC’s business name must be distinguishable from all other business entity names registered or reserved with the State of Alaska. This applies both to entities formed in Alaska, as well as those originally formed elsewhere but authorized to operate in the state known as the Last Frontier.

Your new Alaska LLC’s name must include the words “Limited Liability Company” or one of the abbreviations “L.L.C.” or “LLC”. The word “limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.,” and the word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.” The name cannot, however, include the words “city,” “borough,” or “village,” or otherwise state or imply that the LLC is a municipality of any sort, although the name of a specific village, borough, or city is permitted to be used.

An available LLC name may be reserved for up to 120 days for $15. A proposed LLC name may be registered (kept on the LLC filing office’s rolls) by paying an annual $25 fee.

Articles of Organization

Before your Alaska LLC can actually start conducting business, you must submit articles of organization to the Division of Banking, Securities, and Corporations in the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED). The filing fee is $250, which includes a $100 biennial license fee that will be an ongoing requirement.

Your new LLC’s articles of organization must be signed by at least one person, called an organizer. The organizer (there must be at least one) must be a natural person (as opposed to a business entity such as a corporation), and the organizer(s) must sign the articles and deliver them to the DCCED. The organizer is not required to be a member of the LLC, either at the time of or after its organization. The articles must include:

  • The LLC’s name
  • The mailing address of its registered office
  • The name of the LLC’s registered agent there
  • The LLC’s purpose, which may be specific or the statement, “for any and all lawful conduct for which a limited liability company may be organized.”
  • Whether the LLC will be member-managed or manager-managed

The certificate can also contain other items that the members desire to include (presuming they don’t conflict with state law), even if they are also included in the operating agreement.

Registered Agent and Office

Alaska LLCs are required to have an in-state registered agent-someone designated to receive official administrative and legal correspondence from the state. The registered agent can be an individual Alaska resident whose business office is the same as the registered office, or it can be a business entity authorized to do business in Alaska whose business office is the same as the registered office.

The registered office may be the same as the LLC’s business office.

Operating Agreement

Almost as critical for the organization as the articles of organization is the operating agreement. This can be amended in a way that’s specified by the agreement itself, or in a manner permitted by state law. The state doesn’t officially require your LC to have this-but it’s a critical internal document that officially documents how your LLC will operate. The operating agreement should name the LLC’s members, state how much each one has invested in the LLC, specify how profits will be divided, and set forth how much proportional weight (based on investment, usually) each member has when issues are put to a vote. The articles of organization may include constraints on the members’ power to adopt, amend, or repeal an operating agreement.

The operating agreement may also set forth meeting requirements such as the amount of required notice, what constitutes a quorum, voting rules, and so on, but it doesn’t have to. The operating agreement may (and often does) include requirements that are already laid out in state law. It can also include such items as restrictions or constraints on the power of the members to adopt, amend, or repeal the operating agreement. If there is more than one member, the operating agreement must initially be approved unanimously in writing by the members.

Membership in the LLC

The operating agreement may also set forth meeting requirements such as the amount of required notice, what constitutes a quorum, voting rules, and so on, but it doesn’t have to. The operating agreement may (and often does) include requirements that are already laid out in state law. It can also include such items as restrictions or constraints on the power of the members to adopt, amend, or repeal the operating agreement. If there is more than one member, the operating agreement must initially be approved unanimously in writing by the members.

To join the LLC, the prospective member usually needs to acquire an interest in the LLC by making a contribution of some kind-for instance, paying cash or transferring property to the LLC-or making a binding obligation to do so.

Individuals can become LLC members in exchange for a promissory note or promise to contribute property or services in the future only if the person has already paid in some property or services to the LLC.

An LLC member can only resign in accordance with applicable provisions in the articles of organization or the operating agreement. An LLC may even pursue remedies against a resigning member if the resignation violates the operating agreement. In fact, unless the operating agreement states otherwise, LLC members are not allowed to resign from the LLC before the LLC is dissolved and its affairs wound up. And, unless otherwise laid out in the operating agreement (and not including termination), after an LLC member resigns, the former member’s rights become those of an assignee.

Ongoing Requirements

An LLC member can only resign in accordance with applicable provisions in the articles of organization or the operating agreement. An LLC may even pursue remedies against a resigning member if the resignation violates the operating agreement. In fact, unless the operating agreement states otherwise, LLC members are not allowed to resign from the LLC before the LLC is dissolved and its affairs wound up. And, unless otherwise laid out in the operating agreement (and not including termination), after an LLC member resigns, the former member’s rights become those of an assignee.

  • The LLC’s name and the state or country where it was organized
  • The address of the LLC’s registered office
  • The name of the LLC’s registered agent there
  • The names and addresses of the LLC’s members if member-managed
  • The names and addresses of the LLC’s managers if manager-managed
  • The name, address, and percentage interest owned of each person owning at least a five percent interest in the LLC

Also, it’s a good idea to keep on file and available the minutes of board meetings, as well as any member or manager committees.

Dissolution

An LLC by its nature offers some tax advantages over a corporation’s structure, including the availability of more deductions. The biggest advantage is that an LLC is not required to be a separate tax entity like a corporation. Instead, it can be a “pass-through entity” for tax purposes, so that the LLC owners report business losses or profits on their personal tax returns, in the same way that a partnership does.

Taxes

An LLC has some tax advantages when compared to a corporation, including the availability of more deductions. However, there is no requirement for an LLC to be a separate tax entity like a corporation. Instead, an LLC can be a “pass-through entity” when it comes to taxes, so that the LLC owner or owners report business losses or profits on their personal tax returns, in the same way that a partnership would.

The IRS treats single-member LLCs as sole proprietorships for tax purposes unless you choose for your LLC to be taxed as a corporation. This means the LLC itself does not pay taxes and does not have to file a tax return. The IRS treats multi-owned LLCs as partnerships for tax purposes, unless you choose for your LLC to be taxed as a corporation. This means that LLC owners each pay taxes on their lawful share of the profits on their personal income tax returns, not the LLC itself.

Your LLC may need to obtain a federal tax identification or employment identification number (EIN). In most cases, you won’t need a separate EIN for your LLC if you are the sole owner and the LLC has no employees. However, if you are not the sole owner of the LLC, or if the LLC has employees, the LLC will need a separate EIN to open a bank account and to meet tax filing requirements.

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Commonly Asked Questions For Starting a Alaska LLC

How is an LLC Taxed?
For federal income tax purposes the profits of an LLC (Limited Liability Company) "pass through" to the personal income of the members/owners. In the case of a single member LLC it is taxed the same as a sole proprietorship (i.e. typically filed on the schedule C of the owner's personal income tax filing). In the case of a multi member member it is taxed the same as a partnership (i.e. a 1065 partnership return is filed with the IRS, with a schedule K-1 being supplied to each partner/member showing the proportional profit/loss allocated to them, with this being filed on the schedule C or E).
NOTE: These are general tax explanations and may not apply to everyone. You should confer with the appropriate accounting/tax specialists to make sure you understand your personal tax liability.
What is the Management Structure of an LLC?
An LLC is typically managed by its members/owners (referred to as member-managed). In that respect an LLC is unlike a corporation, which has a much more rigid and defined management structure, including directors and officers. All owners of the LLC are typically referred to as members, and they can have control and voting interest proportional to their ownership interest, or in proportions different from their ownership interest; however the members agree.
Are Non-US Residents allowed to own a Corporation of LLC?
There are no citizenship or residence requirements for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC. The S Corporation however does not allow nonresident aliens to be shareholders (owner), but any US citizen or resident alien may be a shareholder (owner). You would, of course, require an in state street address for the state to forward official legal and tax correspondence including service of process, known as the registered agent address, but neither residency nor citizenship is required for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC.
Can I form an LLC with just one member?
There was a time when almost every state required the LLC to have two or more members, but that is no longer the case. This important change came in response to revised IRS regulations that clearly permitted single-member LLCs. As a result, in most states, if you plan to be the sole owner of a business and you wish to limit your personal liability, you can choose between forming a corporation or an LLC.
What is an Operating Agreement?
The operating agreement is akin to a partnership agreement for a General Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). It is an internal contract amongst the members/owners of the LLC, and it lays out such things as ownership interest, member responsibilities, accounting method, adding or removing members, terms for concluding the LLC, etc. It is generally not required by a given state for forming an LLC (with the exception of New York), although it is certainly recommended. When dealing with private companies for financing issues (loans, mortgages, etc.) it may be required by that company. A customizable operating agreement is included with the LLC/Corp Kit.
Can another business entity be a member of an LLC?

In the majority of states, The members of an LLC can be individuals, corporations, or other LLCs. These members of the LLC can be out of state residents or even foreign nationals. Furthermore there is no limit to the amount of members that an LLC can have.

The flexibility of an LLC in contrast to an S Corporation is stark considering the S corporations are limited to 75 shareholders who must either be United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

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