How to Start a Business in Alaska (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in AlaskaAre you thinking about starting your own business in Alaska?  If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Alaska. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Alaska.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Alaska

Agency ResponsibleDivision of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organisation Domestic Limited Liability (Form 08-484)
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Online)
Filing FeeFiling: $250
Business License:  $50
TimeOnline: Instantly
Over Mail: 2 weeks
LawAlaska Revised Limited Liability Company Act (§§ 10.50.010 – 10.50.995)


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability on Alaska SOS website
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organisation Domestic Limited Liability (Form 08-484).
  5. File initial report (within 6 months of formation of LLC)
  6. Create an Operating Agreement
  7. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  8. File Alaska Business License Application (Form 08-4181)
  9. Obtain relevant licenses and permits

How to Start a Corporation in Alaska

Agency ResponsibleDivision of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation Domestic Business Corporation (Form 08-400)
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Online)
Filing FeeFiling: $250
Business License:  $50
TimeOnline: Instantly
Over Mail: 2 weeks
LawAlaska Revised Limited Liability Company Act (§§ 10.50.010 – 10.50.995)

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation Domestic Business Corporation (Form 08-400) and send it to the office of the probate judge.
  5. File initial report (within 6 months of formation of LLC)
  6. Prepare Bylaws
  7. Get an EIN Number
  8. File Alaska Business License Application (Form 08-4181)



References:
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/08-484.pdf
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/08-400.pdf

Last fact-checked on 18/07/2018

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