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Have you finally decided to start your new business in Alaska? Congratulations! You might have questions about forming an Alaska limited liability company (LLC). Every state has different regulations for LLCs, and it’s important to understand Alaska’s rules before getting started. Read on to learn about starting an LLC in Alaska.

How to Start an LLC in Alaska

Start an Alaska LLC in 5 easy steps

To help, we’ll walk you through each step of the Alaska LLC creation process. Not looking forward to all of the legal paperwork you’ll have to file? Don’t worry — we’ll also explain how an LLC partner like us can be a helpful part of this process so you can focus on your new business without worrying about the administrative stuff. Starting an LLC in Alaska shouldn’t be hard, so rest easy and follow our guide.

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Starting your Alaska LLC

When forming an LLC in Alaska, you’ll want to register your company with the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. When you do this, you’ll be creating a public record of your LLC Alaska with the state government, making it easier for them to contact you and keep you updated on any legal changes.

But first, you’ll need to make a few important decisions about your LLC, such as coming up with a name and deciding on a registered agent. Then, you’ll file paperwork such as Articles of Organization to establish your Alaska LLC, create an AK LLC operating agreement, and register with the IRS.

  • Naming your Alaska LLC will help you attract new customers and also serve to legitimize your business in the eyes of the state government. Deciding on a name for your LLC in Alaska is very important. Before you can officially register your LLC Alaska, you’ll need a business name.

    When choosing a name, you might want to go with something that’s catchy or easily explains what your business does or sells. It’s best to come up with a list of a few names, and if you have other members in your LLC Alaska, ask them to provide a few, as well.

    Check your new business name against existing LLC names in Alaska

    Once you have your list, it’s time to decide on your final name, and you’ll want to start by looking at existing company names in Alaska. You can run a search following the instructions on our Alaska business name search page.

    Ensure your LLC Alaska name is unique

    One of the primary reasons you want to have a few names handy is that, in Alaska, your LLC’s name must be unique and cannot already belong to another business.

    You’ll then want to decide on an LLC designator. All LLCs need a designator at the end of the business name. If you decide to name your business “Sue’s Salads,” your official business name would need a designator added, such as “Sue’s Salads, LLC.” There are several designators you can choose from. Here’s a full list of approved options:

    • Limited Liability Company
    • Ltd. Liability Company
    • Limited Liability Co.
    • Ltd. Liability Co.
    • L.L.C.
    • LLC

    Note that you’ll also want to check the state statute on what words can’t be used in your LLC name.

    Reserve a Business Name for your Alaska LLC

    If you find a name you like but aren’t yet ready to file your Articles of Organization, Alaska allows you to reserve a business name for 120 days for a fee. If you’d rather not deal with this process yourself, we have a business name reservation service that can handle it for you. As part of the service, we also check to see if your desired name is available.

    Your business name is automatically registered when you file your Articles of Organization, so there’s no additional fee for registration. You also don’t need a business license to register your business name.

    A few other things you’ll want to think about when it comes to your Alaska LLC name:

    • Applying for a DBA: A DBA (“Doing Business As”) name or “trade name” in Alaska is another name you can register to use for your business. Getting a trade name is only required if you want to do business under a name other than your LLC’s legal name. Use the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing website to learn more about registering a trade name.

    • Trademarks: To make sure you’re entirely in the clear with your business name, visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office website to see whether your business name or logo is federally trademarked. Trademarks can also happen at the state level. To find out if your desired business name is already trademarked and/or apply for a trademark of your own, go to the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing website page for trademarks.
    • Reserve a domain name: You’ll likely want a website for your business, so be sure to do a quick domain name search, and use someone like us to reserve your website domain name.

  • Alaska law requires LLCs to assign a registered agent to their company. This position can be filled by a person or corporation. If it’s a person, that person must be a resident of Alaska only, defined under AS 01.10.055(a) as “being physically present in the state with the intent to remain in the state indefinitely and to make a home in the state.”

    Now that your name is reserved, it’s time to decide who should be your LLC’s Alaska registered agent.

    What does an Alaska registered agent do?

    Your registered agent will receive legal paperwork (such as notices of lawsuits) on behalf of the company. They’ll then pass these documents along to your LLC.

    Since a registered agent can receive sensitive documents at any time during the business day, they’re required to have a physical office address within the state of Alaska. They’re also expected to keep regular business hours at this location. A P.O. box address is not allowed for your registered agent.

    Consider the benefits of a registered agent service for your LLC

    If you’re wondering if you can act as your company’s registered agent, the answer is yes (provided you’re a resident of Alaska, as we outlined above). However, many companies often decide to work with an outside registered agent service like what we offer through our third-party partner that can pass along legal paperwork to their LLC.

    Some additional benefits of a registered agent service include:

    • You have the ability to move your office location without having to update your registered agent address with the state

    • You’ll have more flexibility when you hold business hours, as the registered agent will be available during the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Register your LLC with the state by submitting the Articles of Organization. Once your name is selected, and your registered agent has been appointed, you’re ready to go ahead and submit the paperwork to register your Limited Liability Company with the state of Alaska.

    The form you’ll need to submit is called the Articles of Organization, and it can be filled out online or via mail. You’ll need to pay a fee when filing online or through the mail.

    Filing official government documents like this can be intimidating for many people, which is why we’re here. With our business formation plans, our professionals handle the filing for you to make sure it’s done quickly and correctly the first time. But, although we can handle this for you, we’ll show you how the process works below.

    Mail the articles of organization to

    For those who choose to mail in the Articles of Organization, send it to:

    State of Alaska
    Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
    PO Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806

    When filling out your form, you’ll need the below information ready:

    • Name of the limited liability company. This is your LLC’s official name (with the designator).

    • The primary purpose of this company and the NAICS code. This refers to your line of business.

    • Name and address of your registered agent. This is your registered agent’s legal name and office or operating address.

    • Business address. You’ll need to list where your principal place of business is if filing online. If filing by paper, you’ll need to include it when you file your Initial Report (more on that below).

    • Management structure. You’ll indicate if you and the other owners (members) manage the company or if a manager is in charge.

    • Name and address of all organizers. You’ll list the name and address of all the organizers of your LLC, if applicable.

    • Organizer signature. This is where you’ll sign. At least one organizer must sign this form.

    File an Alaska initial report for your new LLC

    Within six months of your LLC being approved, you’ll also need to file an Initial Report with the state. This report is due six months after your LLC is registered to keep your information up to date with the local government. You can fill out the form online or access a PDF to print and mail on the state website. There’s no filing fee for your Initial Report.

    How fast can I form my Alaska LLC? 

     

    If you’re ready to launch and don’t want to wait weeks for your paperwork to get processed, we can help. You can form your LLC in Alaska in as little as one day with our rush filing services. With our rush filing service, we prioritize your formation paperwork so you can get it filed with the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing within 1-3 business days for just $100 + state fees.

    Keep the newly formed Alaska LLC documents in one digital dashboard

    If you have us handle filing your Articles of Organization, once the state approves your LLC, your paperwork will be available from your ZenBusiness dashboard, where you can keep it and other important paperwork digitally organized.

    Once you get your physical paperwork back from the state approving your new LLC, you’ll want to keep it in a safe location along with your other important documents, such as your operating agreement, member certificates, contracts, compliance checklists, transfer ledger, etc. We offer a customized business kit to help you keep these important documents organized and looking professional.

  • In Alaska, you’re not required to create an operating agreement to register your LLC. However, having an LLC operating agreement is a smart move that can further protect your business and avoid potential conflicts among the members.

    An Alaska operating agreement covers the terms of your LLC’s ownership and management hierarchy to better protect all parties involved in the LLC. For multi-member LLCs, this is particularly important, as it can detail voting structures and help determine different rules for members.

    Even if you’re the sole member of your LLC, an operating agreement is important to have in case you’re incapacitated or otherwise unable to run your company.

    In addition, operating agreements make a stronger separation between your business and personal assets, which can protect your personal savings accounts from any legal liability if your company is ever sued. If you have a multi-member LLC, all members in your LLC should review, agree to, and sign your operating agreement.

    Alaska LLC operating agreement template

    While a lot of thought has to go into creating a solid operating agreement, you don’t have to start from scratch. With a partner like us, you can use our customizable operating agreement template to draft an operating agreement well-suited for your company’s interests that are also affordable.

  • Now that the initial paperwork for your LLC is out of the way, it’s time for you to get your business set up with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The first step you’ll want to take is registering for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Tax ID Number or Federal Tax Identification Number.

    Your company’s EIN works like your personal Social Security number. It identifies your company to the federal and state government and allows you to file taxes and hire new employees.

    If you’re the only member of an LLC and have no employees, you might not have to apply for an EIN, even though it can be helpful. Your EIN can help you separate business and personal accounts and may make it easier to handle your taxes.

    You can get your Alaska LLC’s EIN through the IRS website, by mail, or by fax, but if you’re unfond of dealing with that particular government agency, we can get it for you. Our EIN service is quick and eliminates the hassle.

    Open a Business Bank Account for your Alaska LLC

    Once you’ve secured an EIN, you’ll be able to open a business bank account. Having separate accounts for your business and your personal banking is critical for sorting out your finances at tax time and helps you avoid commingling funds.

    Commingling funds can not only make your taxes more difficult but it could also be used against you if someone takes you to court to challenge whether you and your LLC are truly separate entities.

    New business banking payment and invoicing solutions for your LLC

    We offer a discounted bank account for your new business. This allows for unlimited transactions, online banking, a debit card, and more. When you want to authorize others in your business to use the account, we offer a banking resolution template to simplify the process. For further help managing your new business’s finances, try ZenBusiness Money. It can help you create invoices, receive payments, transfer money, and manage clients all in one place.

    Get help setting up an Alaska Limited Liability Company

    We hope this guide helped you learn more about the steps you’ll need to take to set up your LLC in Alaska. Although this setup process can be handled entirely in-house, you don’t need to take on the administrative burden alone. We can work side-by-side with your LLC to help you navigate through the LLC formation process.

    Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help get your business off the ground fast.

    Would you like to learn more about starting a business in Alaska? Get in touch today!

    Are you already an Alaska small business owner? Find out more about how we can help you manage or grow your Alaska small business!

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If starting an LLC in Alaska feels like an uphill battle, we can reduce your stress. Let us take care of formation, compliance, and more. That way, you can get back to running your dream business.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.

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