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How To Fill Out The Alaska Articles of Organization


How To Fill Out The Alaska Articles of Organization

When forming an LLC business structure, you first need to file the Articles of Organization with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Affairs.

To file the Alaska Articles of Organization, you will need to submit the completed AS 10.50.075 Domestic Limited Liability Company Articles of Organization

This is a legal document that officially launches your new LLC into existence. After filing, the business can obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN), state tax number, open a bank account, and register for business licenses.

Related: Step-by-step guide to forming an LLC in Alaska

The articles can be filled out and sent by mail or filed online. This example will go over the Domestic LLC online filing.

Anyone can learn how to form their own LLC, but using an entity formation service like Zenbusiness, Northwest, and IncFile guide you through the LLC formation process, so you will save time and know everything was done right.

IncFile is currently running a special where you only pay state fees for your LLC formation!

Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC

There are a few name requirements for an LLC in Alaska.

To start with, be sure to include the entity designator at the end of the business name. The allowed designator can be Limited Liability Company, L.L.C., or LLC.

If the LLC is going to be set up as a Professional LLC or Series LLC, the word Professional or Series can be used in front of the entity designator.

The LLC can use the name of a city, borough, or village; however, the name cannot infer that the business is part of a municipality or government agency.

The LLC name can’t be the same as any other registered LLC in Alaska.  Learn how to do an Alaska LLC business name search through the Corporations Database on the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website.

Step 2: Describe the Purpose of the LLC

The articles of organization must include a statement of the LLC’s purpose. This purpose can be any activity that is legal in the state of Alaska, but it must be specific. For example, you might list your LLC’s purpose as “operating a home-based business,” “providing consulting services,” or “engaging in real estate investment.”

It is usually better to be a little vague in case the focus of the business ever changes.  To keep the purpose of the business flexible, you can also use “Any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Alaska.”

Step 3: Enter the LLC’s NAICS Code

You will also need to include your LLC’s North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. This code is used by the federal government to classify businesses.

If the specific activity of your business isn’t listed, choose the closest activity.

Related: What is my NAICS code?

Step 4: Appoint a Registered Agent

You will also need to designate an Alaska registered agent for your LLC. A registered agent is an individual or business that agrees to accept legal papers on behalf of the LLC. The registered agent must have a physical address (PO Boxes aren’t allowed) in Alaska and be available during normal business hours.

Related: Who can be a registered agent in Alaska?

Step 5: Enter the Address of the Principal Place of Business

This may be, but is not required to be, the actual place of the business to the physical street address, or the main location where the business records are kept. A physical address must be used as P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.

Step 6: Choose the Management of the LLC

An LLC can be managed by the members or by a manager.

Member-Managed LLCs are owned and operated by the members, which is the most common.
Manager-Managed LLCs are when the members hire a manager to run the LLC, similar to a CEO of a corporation.

Related: What is the difference between member-managed or manager-managed.

Step 7: Add Any Optional Provisions

This is an optional section. If there are any additional articles that need to be included, add them in this section.

Step 8: Sign the Articles of Organization

Alaska Articles of Organization

Have on organizer sign the Articles of Organization. An organizer is often also a member, but it can be someone helping with the formation of the LLC.

One or more persons may organize a limited liability company by signing articles of organization and delivering the signed articles to the department for filing.

You’ve filed your Alaska LLC Articles of Organization! Now what?

After filing the Articles of Organization, the LLC will be officially formed with the state of Alaska. With this filing out of the way, there are a few additional steps that will need to be taken care of. Below is a list of the most common tasks.

File the Initial Report

After the LLC is formed, an Initial Report will need to be filed with the State of Alaska Division of Corporations within six months of forming the entity.  Filing can be done online or by mail.

Prepare an Alaska LLC Operating Agreement

The operating agreement is an internal document that covers items like ownership rights, profit and loss distribution, member responsibilities, and more.

Alaska Statute 10.50.010 states that an LLC Operating Agreement is not required.  Despite the Operating Agreement being optional, it is often recommended to have one as it can help to prevent disputes among members and protect the LLC’s legal status.

Related: How to Create an Alaska Operating Agreement

Obtain an EIN

The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The EIN will be needed before filing business tax returns, opening a bank account, hiring employees, registering for business licenses and permits, and more.

Related: How to Apply for an EIN

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