Individuals have the ability to incorporate in the state of Alaska by completing the Articles of Incorporation application form and submitting it, along with the filing fee, to the Alaska Corporations office. Applicants have their choice to create a profit, non-profit, cooperative, professional, or religious corporation by filing the required forms. Depending on the type, the filing may cost between $50 to $350 and should either be attached via check or paid by credit card through the online filing process (if available). The state estimates that all processing times for new filings are between 10 to 15 business days.
How to File
Step 1- We recommend that all filers perform a Business Entity Search prior to filing to check the availability of their business name. If there are similar results, then the state of Alaska will probably reject your filing. It is also possible to reserve a business name in Alaska for 120 days by filing a Name Reservation application.
Step 2- You will now be required to supply your filing information either online or by PDF, depending on the entity type. Click on the link below which correlates with your business type to learn more about the exact filing requirements.
Step 3- Once you have completed the filing method of your choosing you will be asked to pay the filing fee (listed below). Payment of the filing fee can be made by either by including a check with your physical application, including the credit card information page with your physical application, or paying online when completing your online application.
- Domestic Profit Corporation- $250
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $50
- Domestic Cooperative Corporation- $250
- Domestic Professional Corporation- $250
- Domestic Religious Corporation- $50
- Foreign Profit Corporation- $350
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $50
- Foreign Cooperative Corporation- $250
Step 4- The online filing process is finished upon acceptance of payment. Paper filers will have to send the fee (payable to the State of Alaska/CBPL) along with the application to the following address:
State of Alaska
PO Box 110806 – Juneau, AK 99811
Step 5- After the filing is complete the incorporator will need to file the Initial Report which can be processed for free and online at the State’s Website.
EIN– This crucial number that is provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is how your entity will be recognized when making financial transactions. This number is crucial for every corporation that wishes to conduct any kind of financial activity. Without an EIN you will not be able to pay employees or do basic things like open a bank account. Generally speaking, the obtainment of an EIN is a necessary aspect of forming an entity in the state of Alaska. In order to obtain an EIN you will need to complete and submit the PDF Form SS-4 or complete the online filing on the IRS Website. Click on the link at the heading of this paragraph for more information.
Corporate Bylaws– While the adoption of a corporate bylaw is not required under state law (Section 228, Section 230, Section 233) it is highly recommended to adopt one. A corporate bylaw is known as a document to be used for establishing the shareholders, officers, and any other positions as well as intake the minutes. It serves as a great way to outline the roles and expectations of all involved with the corporation and it is recommended that the bylaw be adopted at the very onset of incorporation. A free template can be found within the link at the heading of this paragraph, available in MS Word and PDF formats.
Renewal– Every corporation in operation in the state of Alaska must renew their authority to conduct business within the state on an biennial basis. Thankfully, the renewal process is straightforward and understandable. To renew a corporation in Alaska the shareholders will have to file a Biennial Report.