A lot goes into the conception and planning of new business. It is the Articles of Organization that make the Alaska LLC official. Being prepared before sitting down to complete the application will help you finish it efficiently.
First, have all of the required information handy. You will be asked for the following information:
- Name of the Alaska LLC
- The purpose for which it is being organized
- The name and address of the registered agent
- The name(s) and signature(s) of the organizer(s)
- Your business’s NAICS code, a self-assigned, six-digit number designating your industry’s classification
Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $250 to the state of Alaska, so have a credit card or check ready to go.
Finally, processing time varies depending on which option you choose. If you’re in a hurry, consider the online option which will process immediately. Standard processing (hardcopy) will take 10 to 15 business days. However, from October through February, expect longer processing times.
When filing the Articles of Organization, use one of the four methods below. Note that for security reasons emailed applications are not accepted.
Also, avoid sending a completed and printed online application with your payment through the mail. If completing an online application, you must also pay online, or it will not be accepted. Finally, online filings are non-refundable. A benefit of applying online is quick processing followed by immediate posting on the web.
For a hardcopy of the application, click here. The application and a check (payable to the State of Alaska) can be mailed to the following address:
State of Alaska
PO Box 110806-0806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
For a hard copy, click on the link above. Applications can be faxed to 907-465-2974.
For a hard copy, click on the link above. Articles can be filed in one of the following two locations:
550 W 7th AVE, STE 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567
333 Willoughby AVE, 9th FL
State Office Building
Juneau, AK 99801-1770
Want Help Filing Your Articles of Organization?
If you decide to use your time building your business rather than completing paperwork, but don’t want to spend the money on an attorney, an LLC formation service is a great compromise.
Lots of online incorporation services are out there but do vary in perks offered, processing times (theirs, not the state’s), and price.
In general, a service will collect and review your information, prepare the documents, and send them to the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. They will contact you when the Articles of Organization have been filed.
One additional benefit offered by some services is a free year of registered agent service. Others offer order tracking or notifications of future legal requirements needed with the state.
After reviewing all the top LLC services available, we found IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent the best overall options. While neither of them have as high brand power as the industry giant, LegalZoom, both services have great customer support, prices and offer a free registered agent.
(Post Formation Checklist) After LLC Formation
After you have filed the formation documents with the state, it’s important not to overlook a few critical details.
On the federal level, most LLCs do not pay taxes directly to the government. Instead, they report income and losses on the owner’s personal 1040 tax returns. Schedule C is often used for reporting. Unless the LLC chooses to be taxed as a corporation, a single-member LLC is taxed as a Sole Proprietorship and a multi-member LLC is taxed as a Partnership.
Alaska does not collect personal income or sales tax. An LLC may need to file and pay a local tax to a city or municipality.
A business license and in some cases, a professional license are needed before a business can begin operations. If a professional license is needed, it should be obtained before the business license.
The State of Alaska Entity Professional License is required by a number of occupations, all of which are listed online, on the State of Alaska Professional Licensing page. Requirements and fees vary according to the license.
When applying for a business license, you will be asked for an entity number from the Articles of Organization and a professional license number if applicable. The applicant has the option of choosing a one-year or two-year license. All licenses expire on December 31 regardless of when it was purchased. The license costs $50, and discounts are available for seniors or veterans. The application can be filed online or through the mail at the following address:
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811
After an LLC is formed, an initial report must be filed with the state of Alaska within six months of the date of organization.
A biennial report needs to be filed every two years and must be filed before January 2 of the filing year. Although there is no cost for the initial report, the biennial report costs $100. The reports can be filed online or can be sent through the mail to the following address:
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811
The same rules that apply to filing for the Articles of Organization online also apply to filing reports online.