Alaska Incorporation Services
To start a corporation in Alaska, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the State of Alaska Corporations Section. You can file the document online or by mail. The Articles of Incorporation cost $250 to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Alaska corporation. However, to actually ready the corporation to do business, you must complete several additional steps.
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Alaska Articles of Incorporation Requirements
To form an Alaska corporation, you must complete and file the Articles of Incorporation with the State of Alaska Corporations Section. See the document below and click on any number to see what information is required in the corresponding section.
You name must include “Corporation,” “Incorporated,” “Company,” “Limited,” or an abbreviation for one of these words like “Corp” or “Inc.”
“Purpose” here means the specific business activities your corporation will engage in (like “candy manufacturing”). You also have to select an NAICS code—these are 6-digit codes for nearly every sort of business activity you could think of. Pick the best match for your business (it’s okay if it’s not a perfect match).
You can list an individual resident of Alaska (like yourself), or you can list a business that provides registered agent service (like Northwest). Personally, we’re fans of Northwest.
This Alaska street address is where your registered agent will be available during business hours—and will become part of the permanent public record of your corporation. You’ll also need to list a mailing address (but this can be the same as the street address). Hire Northwest and our address will go here.
It may sound like something out of a bad sci-fi movie, but an “alien affiliate” is just a person or business from outside the US that’s affiliated with your business. You’re required to list the name and address of each affiliate. Don’t have any alien affiliates? Just write “none.”
List the number of shares you want to create (you must have at least one share). Some or all of these shares will be distributed later on at your organizational meeting. If you have multiple classes or series of shares, you can include this information as well. You’ll also need to list the par value (initial price) of each share type.
Your incorporator is the person who signs and submits your Alaska Articles of Incorporation. Incorporators don’t have to be directors, officers or anyone in the corporation. We’ll be your incorporator when you hire Northwest.
How much does it cost to start an Alaska corporation?
The state filing fee for Alaska Articles of Incorporation is $250. Hire Northwest and your total, out-the-door cost is $475, including state filing fees.
How long does it take to start an Alaska corporation?
File your Articles of Incorporation online and receive your approval right away. You can print out your certificate on the spot. Have 2-3 weeks to kill? Print and mail your Articles of Incorporation. When they have a chance, the Corporations Sections will enter all your data into the system by hand and process your filing (and when they’re especially busy from October to February, you’ll typically wait more than 3 weeks).
If you hire Northwest to start your corporation, we file online and typically have your Alaska corporation formed within 24 hours.
Does an Alaska corporation need a registered agent?
Absolutely. Your corporation must appoint an Alaska registered agent. Some people try to save a few bucks and appoint themselves as their corp’s registered agent. This strategy can backfire though—being your own registered agent can end up costing you privacy, time, and flexibility. Registered agents have to list the street address where they’ll be available to accept legal notifications. This address becomes part of the permanent public record of your corporation—leaving you with a mailbox full of junk. You’ll also have to actually be at the address listed during business hours. Not out wooing investors. Not running errands. Not fishing in Bristol Bay.
A better option? Hire a commercial registered agent service like Northwest. Our address will go on your public documents, and we’ll happily sort through spam. We’ll scan and send you any legal notifications the same day. Let us sit behind a desk all day—we’re in the business of being available so you don’t have to be.
Create Bylaws for Your Alaska Corporation
Do I need bylaws?
Bylaws aren’t mandatory public filings like your Alaska Articles of Incorporation or Biennial Reports—but they are a critical part of the formation of your Alaska corporation.
Why are corporate bylaws important?
While public filings only require general information (they’re basically for helping the state keep tabs on you), bylaws are all about the specifics. Your bylaws are where you get to define how your corporation works internally. For your board of directors, your bylaws will explain who’s on the board, what the scope of their powers are, how long they’ll stay, how they’ll be replaced, and how many members it’ll take to vote on a resolution. You’ll list the details of your corporation’s stock, such as classes, series and voting shares. You’ll list the officers and their responsibilities. Essentially, the bylaws that you adopt will spell out exactly how your company will run and how much authority each person will have—pretty important stuff.
How do I begin writing bylaws?
Bylaws should be taken seriously. Spend the time to carefully consider the effects of these decisions on your business. You don’t have to go it alone—when you hire Northwest to form your Alaska corporation, we’ll give you free corporate bylaws. We’ll give you loads of other free corporate forms as well, from resolutions to meeting minute templates. We want to work with your business for years to come, so it’s important for us that you start off on the right foot. That’s why we’ve spent years refining and improving our docs. Check out the free corporate forms we provide to help corporations form and maintain their businesses.
Get an EIN for Your Alaska Corporation
Do I have to get a tax ID number (EIN)?
Yes, the IRS requires corporations to obtain an EIN for their federal filings. You’ll also need your EIN for state tax filings and opening a corporate bank account. You can get an EIN for free directly from the IRS. Prefer to skip this extra application? Hire Northwest to get an EIN for you—just add on this service during checkout when signing up for our services.
Open a Bank Account for Your Alaska Corporation
To open a corporate bank account, you will need to bring the following to the bank:
- A copy of the Alaska corporation’s Articles of Incorporation
- The Alaska corporation’s bylaws
- The Alaska corporation’s EIN
If your bylaws don’t specifically assign the power to open a bank account, you may also want to bring a corporate resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the business to open the account in the name of the corporation.
We recommend calling your bank ahead of time before going in and asking what their requirements are. Most banks don’t open corporate accounts nearly as frequently as personal accounts, so some bankers may be unfamiliar with their own bank’s requirements. As frustrating as that may be for you, calling ahead will help save you from being super annoyed when you walk into the bank.
Obtain a Business License
Does an Alaska corporation need a business license?
Yes, all businesses in Alaska need some kind of state-level license before they can engage in business. For most corporations, a standard business license from Alaska’s Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing is sufficient. A few industries (like mining and fishing) require alternative specialty licenses instead.
Some counties and municipalities have their own licensing requirements as well. For example, the City of Fairbanks requires businesses to get an annual city business license.
File Alaska Corporation Reports
Do I have to file an Initial Report?
Yes, corporations must file an Initial Report within six months of formation. Your Initial Report is a form that informs the State of Alaska of your corporation’s contact and ownership information. There’s no filing fee for this report, and you can submit online. Or, simply hire Northwest Registered Agent to form your Alaska corporation, and we’ll take care of filing your initial report on your business’s behalf.
What is an Alaska Biennial Report?
Your Alaska Biennial Report is a form you submit to update your corporation’s ownership and contact information with the state. The report and $100 filing fee is due January 2nd every other year. If you miss your filing deadline (and the one month grace period), there’s a weirdly-priced late fee of $37.50. And if you brush off paying this as well, the state will eventually revoke or dissolve your corporation.
On one hand, it’s nice that you don’t have to submit this report every year. On the other hand, two years is a long time—long enough to forget all about the filing requirement, meaning plenty of businesses get stuck paying penalties. At Northwest, we’ll help you remember to file. When you sign up for our services, we’ll send you compliance notifications for your reports. Better yet, you can hire us to file your Biennial Reports for you, so you can cross this off your “to do” list permanently.
How much does a corporation in Alaska cost each year?
Every other year, the State of Alaska requires corporations to shell out $100 to submit a Biennial Report.
Pay Corporate Taxes
What are the taxes for an Alaska corporation?
Alaska’s corporate net income tax rate is defined by Alaska Statute §43.20.011 and consists of the following ten brackets:
$0 to $24,999: zero tax
$25,000 to $48,999: 2% of income in excess of $25K
$49,000 to $73,999: $480 + 3% of income in excess of $49K
$74,000 to $98,999: $1,230 + 4% of income in excess of $74K
$99,000 to $123,999: $2,230 +5% of income in excess of $99K
$124,000 to $147,999: $3,480 + 6% of income in excess of $124K
$148,000 to $172,999: $4,920 + 7% of income in excess of $148K
$173,000 to $197,999: $6,670 + 8% of income in excess of $173K
$198,000 to $221,999: $8,670 +9% of income in excess of $198K
$222,000 +: $10,830 + 9.4% of income in excess of $222K
A major perk for Alaska businesses: Alaska has no personal net income tax AND no state-level sales tax. (A few local areas, however, have their own sales taxes. Juneau, for example, has a 5% sales tax).