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Alaska Nonprofit Charity Registration

Guidelines for Registering a Charity in Alaska

Do I have to register my nonprofit as a charity in Alaska?

The state of Alaska has determined if a nonprofit organization is operated in the state for the relief of poverty, distress, or presents itself as even vaguely charitable, or if the IRS has given the organization a 501c3 status, it needs to be registered as an AK charitable organization with the state. Basically what that means is if your nonprofit corporation takes contributions in the form of money or property in AK, then you must register as an AK charitable organization with the Alaska Attorney General’s Office (Department of Law). To register you need to fill out the required forms and required attachments, as well as pay the $40 registration fee.

How do I register my nonprofit as a charity in Alaska?

File the completed Alaska Charitable Organization Registration Form, which is in your online account if you’re registered with Northwest Registered Agent, or a Unified Registration Statement. Mail a check to pay the $40 registration fee.

Be prepared to answer various financial questions concerning things like what type of forms you submit to the IRS. Also, keep the contact information of your fellow AK nonprofit corporation directors handy, as the form requires their information as well. The deadline to register is September 1 of each year.

Are there annual renewal requirements for Alaskan charities?

Each year charitable organizations must re-register with the Alaska Attorney General’s Office (Department of Law) by September 1 and pay the $40 registration fee.

What’s the cost of charity registration and renewals in Alaska?

The AK charity registration fee and the annual renewal fee are the same price: $40.

Does Alaska have any exemptions to the charity rule?

You’ll find several types of organizations that are exempt from the charity rule in Alaska below:

  • Churches or other religious organizations which don’t need to file federal returns with the IRS.
  • Political candidates.
  • Charitable organizations with no paid employees or board members that don’t intend to collect more than $5,000.
  • An organization with a current gaming permit from the Alaska Department of Revenue.

How long will it take for Alaska to process my charity registration?

Alaska will process your registration in the order it is received, and once the Alaska Attorney General’s Office receives your registration form, it typically takes 10 to 15 business days to be processed.

Additional Nonprofit Resources:

Alaska Nonprofit Tax Exemption
Free Nonprofit Forms

File Alaska Charitable Organizations at:

Alaska Department of Law
Attorney General’s Office
1031 W. 4th Ave., Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501-1994

Phone: (907) 269-5200
Website: www.law.state.ak.us/consumer/charityreg.html

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