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The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a smart entity choice for many start-up businesses. The LLC provides personal liability protection and has the potential to save money on taxes. With a little research, you can learn how to form an LLC in Alaska without an attorney.
Unlike a sole proprietorship or partnership where the small business owner can be held personally liable for lawsuits against the business, the LLC is a separate legal structure, protecting for the business owner’s personal assets.
Besides the liability protection, the Limited Liability Company provides several other benefits over the sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation because of the multiple tax options, ease of administration and management flexibility.
Forming an LLC in Alaska can be both affordable and is simple enough for most people to start on their own. That said, it’s not a bad idea to have a legal professional like While the filing is pretty straightforward, it’s nice to have some support if you have questions, alerts when the annual report is due, forms like operating agreements, banking resolutions and more. There are companies like IncFile or Swyft Filings and others that do all of this for only $49.
To form a Limited Liability Company in Alaska, the Articles of Organization are filed with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The filing fee is $250 whether submitting online or through the mail.
The LLC is approved immediately when filing online versus 10-15 days if mailing.
If you have questions, contact the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.
HOW TO FILE THE ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION AND FORM AN ALASKA LLC
The steps for filing online or by mail are largely the same. The screenshots show filing online.
To get started either register with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development or download the Articles of Organization.
Step 1: Name the LLC
The legal name of the LLC must include:
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited Liability Co.
- Liability Company
- Liability Co.
The LLC name may include the name of a city, borough or village, however, the name cannot include the word “city”, “borough” or “village” or any word that could refer that the business is part of a municipality.
The name of the LLC also has to be unique to other registered entities in the state of Alaska. Check the availability of LLC names in Alaska through the state’s business entity database.
Step 2: Purpose of the LLC
In this section, describe the business activities of the LLC. 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 use “Any lawful business for which a limited liability company may be organized under the laws of the State of Alaska.”
Step 3: NAICS Code
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) is a six-digit number that classifies and categorize the different businesses. This information is used in reporting statistical data for each of the industries in the U.S. Remember this number as you will need it when filing annual tax returns. See how to do a NAICS search here.
If the activities of your business aren’t specifically listed, choose the activity that is closest.
Step 4: Registered Agent
To have an LLC in Alaska, a Registered Agent must be identified. The Registered Agent is either an Alaska resident (select individual in the type field) or a registered Alaska corporation, (select entity and enter their Entity Number), which is referred to as the Registered Agent. The Registered Agent must have a physical address in the state to act as a point of contact to receive legal documents, tax notices, summons, subpoenas, etc on behalf of the LLC.
Even though the business owner can be the registered agent, their name and address become public record and with that comes a loss of privacy. This is more important for some entrepreneurs, especially when they are doing business from home.
Learn more about registered agents in Alaska.
Step 5: Entity Address
Include the mailing and physical address of the LLC. The physical street address and the mailing address may be the same and if so, fill out both fields.
Remember the physical address can’t be a PO Box.
Step 6: Management
This section asks if the LLC is Member-Managed or Manager-Managed.
Member-Managed LLCs have an active involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business.
Manager-Managed LLCs are hired by the members to run the LLC, similar to a CEO of a corporation.
Most LLCs are member-managed.
Step 7: Organizers
An LLC Organizer is someone involved with the formation of the Articles of Organization. The Organizer may or may not become a member, such as a mentor, attorney or accountant, but the initial members will all be listed as organizers.
Step 8: Optional Provisions and Additional Articles
This is an optional section and not used by most LLCs. Here you would include additional rules for the operation of the LLC. Many filers include these items in the Operating Agreement which is easier to change than in the Articles of Organization.
Step 9: Contact Information
The contact information is for the person completing the application and provides a central point of contact should the state have questions regarding the filing of the LLC.
Step 10: Pay and File
If filing online, the application is processed immediately and you will receive the Articles of Organization and LLC Entity Number.
If mailing, send the form and a check for $250 to:
State of Alaska, Corporations Section
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
In 10 – 15 days, assuming there are no questions on the form from the State, the LLC will be officially filed. An approved copy of the Alaska Articles of Organization will be mailed back along with the LLC Entity Number.
That concludes the basics of forming an LLC in Alaska. Remember even though you can do it yourself, there is more to an LLC than just the filing. If you have questions or concerns, work with an attorney or a specialized entity formation company such as IncFile or Swyft Filings to make sure everything is done correctly.
While not required, an Operating Agreement is recommended in many cases. An Operating Agreement is a legal document outlining the roles and responsibilities for the members of the LLC. Read more about when an LLC needs an Operating Agreement.
After the LLC is formed, be sure to file for an EIN with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is basically a social security number for a business and will be needed to get a bank account. There is no cost to apply and it takes about 5 minutes to get. See how to apply for an EIN.
Last, before starting a business in Alaska, you may still need to apply for business licenses, sales tax permits, self-employment taxes and more in Alaska. See the Guide to Starting a Business in Alaska for more information.