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Guidelines on how to register a Limited Liability Company in the State of Alaska
What is a Limited Liability Company?

An LLC is an unincorporated association having one or more members where members are the shareholders. Each member’s liability is generally limited to his or her contributions, but their personal assets are protected at some extent, consult an attorney for a legal advice about the LLC shield and veil.

How can I file Article of Organisation for my LLC?

You can apply to the Alaska authorities for filing your businesses. Department of Commerce, community and economic development, website have different filing requirements for your business filing.

If you want to register your business as an LLC in Alaska, you have to file Articles of organization with the established fee of $ 250 to the Divisions of Corporation, business and professional licensing.

What are the details/ information will I be required to provide on Articles of Incorporation/ organization?

You, as an LLC are required to provide the following details:

  1. Name of your LLC.
  2. Business activities and purpose of your business at the time of filing.
  3. Name and address of the registered agent.
  4. Details regarding share capital of the company.
  5. Details regarding the management of the company.

What are the registration requirements for a foreign LLC in the State of Alaska?

If you are a foreign limited liability LLC and wants to do business in Alaska, you must obtain a Certificate of Authority or Certificate of registration from the Divisions of Corporation, business and professional licensing with a prescribed fee of $ 350. Certificate of Authority contains the following information:

  1. Legal name of the LLC.
  2. Days, duration and State of the Domicile.
  3. The nature of the business of the LLC.
  4. Registered agent name and address.
  5. Address of the Principal office of the company.
  6. Number of authorized and issued shares.
  7. Name and address of each shareholder along with the shareholding.
You can apply for it online on state website or file an application manually with the department.

Preliminary requirements for business registration in the State of Alaska:

  1. You are also required to select your Registered Agent for your LLC. A statutory registered agent could be an individual or a corporation who agreed to settle legal and other matters on your LLCs behalf. You can also select agent services from Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing website.
  2. Although not mandatory, but there is a requirement of preparing an operating agreement for your LLC. The internal affairs of the LLC are governed by operating agreements that may be oral or written. This agreement mentions the profit and loss sharing, conduct of business and member's contribution. You can always get professional help on whether to make an operating agreement or not.
  3. Registering your LLC with the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing to obtain your Alaska Entity Number. This can be obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office nearest you. You will be asked to provide a current and valid Alaska Entity Number on your initial business license application.

Can I reserve a business name for my LLC?

Yes, you can reserve a business name for you through an application (Business name registration application) with a nonrefundable fee of $ 25. An initial name registration expires in December but can be renewed after every 5 years.

What is the mode of obtaining the business license?

Depending upon the type of your business, obtain an Alaska Business License from Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. This license is required for the privilege of engaging in a business in the State of Alaska.

A business license can be obtained online immediately or through the mail. However, it takes about 5 to 10 working days to get the license by mail. Online forms are available in the licensing section of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website.

What is the fee for a business license?

A non-refundable fee of $ 50 is charged for obtaining the business license for both online and by mail.

How Alaska business license can be renewed?

A business license can be renewed either online or through hard copy filing. Renewal business license applications are available on Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website.

What are the reporting requirements for entities in Alaska?

  1. Once your business line is approved by the state, you are required to file an initial report that contains your updated business information, with the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. Time period of filing this report is within 6 months from the day of your business approval.
  2. Every LLC registered in Alaska is required to file a biennial report to the department of commerce, corporation and economic development of the State of Alaska once in every two years.
  3. This report can be filed online on the state website.
  4. Failure to file report or pay taxes thereon may result in revocation of your business license.

Taxation requirements for new business entities in the State of Alaska:

  1. Once your LLC has been approved, you will be given a federal tax ID number FEIN by Internal Revenues System IRS by filing an application on Form SS4 or electronically.
  2. Limited Liability companies (LLCs) are subject to income tax, self-employment tax, estimated at various tax rates prescribed by Schedule X, Y and Z. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) treated as a partnership for tax purposes, which conducts business in the state is required to file a return on the 15th of April after closing of the tax year.

What is the rate of sales tax in Alaska?

The state of Alaska does not impose a sales and use tax at the state level, however, you may be subject to sales tax at your city or county level.

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