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Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Alaska. For more information on how to form an LLC in any state, see our article Forming an LLC - A 50 State Guide.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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Step 1. Choose a name for your LLC

The first step to forming your LLC is to come up with a name. When doing so, there are a few things you need to look out for.

1. Follow Alaska's naming guidelines

  • In Alaska, your business name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC.
  • Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) require additional paperwork and may require a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of the LLC.
  • Prohibited words are those that would cause the public to mistake the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency (e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.)

2. Check that the name is available

The name must be distinguishable from the names of other businesses already on file with in Alaska. You can check Alaska's business name database to see if your name is available.

3. Check to see if the domain is available

You don't necessarily need a .com domain, but if you want to make sure you're going to have a domain, it's best to get one before you file any documents with the state. You can check to see if your domain name is available on GoDaddy.com.

Step 2. Choose a registered agent

In Alaska, you are required to nominate a registered agent for your LLC.

A registered agent is a person or business that agrees to send and receive legal papers on behalf of your LLC, such as service of process of legal action and state filings.

Your registered agent must be a resident of Alaska - either a business entity or an individual.

You can learn more about registered agents here.

Step 3. File your Articles of Organization

Filing your Articles of Organization with the state of Alaska officially registers your LLC with the state.

The articles of organization must include the following:

  • The LLC's name
  • Its purpose
  • Its Duration
  • Information on how it will be managed
  • Name and address of its registered agent.

The articles can be mailed or filed online.

Step 4. Prepare your operating agreement

You aren't required to have an operating agreement in Alaska, but it's a good idea to have one in place that outlines the ownership and operation procedures of your LLC.

Check out this guide for more on creating an operating agreement for your LLC.

Step 5. Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is basically a social security number for your business. It's used by the government to identify your business and track tax payments.

You'll need an EIN to file federal and local taxes, and some bank accounts require you to have one in order to open an account with them.

You can get your EIN here.

Step 6. Get your required business licenses

New businesses in Alaska are required to get an Alaska Business License in order to do business in the state. You can apply online with a filing fee of $50, and the license needs to be renewed every 2 years.

Depending on the type of business and where it's located, you may need to obtain other licenses. For more information on this, check out Alaska's Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

Step 7. File initial and biennial reports

After registering your LLC, you need to file an initial report within 6 months of formation. There's no filing fee for this.

Additionally, you'll need to file a biennial report every 2 years. The filing fee for this is $100 for Alaska LLC's, and $200 for foreign LLC's doing business in Alaska.

The reports need to include the following:
- The LLC's name and the state or country where it is located. - The address of the registered office of the LLC in Alaska, the name of its registered agent at that address, and, for a foreign LLC, the address of its main office in the state or country where it is based. - The names and addresses of the managers or members. - The name and address of each person who owns at least a 5% of the LLC and the percentage of the company they own.

For foreign LLC's doing business in Alaska

All LLCs outside of Alaska must register with the State of Alaska Corporations Section to do business in Alaska. You can register online with a $350 filing fee.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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