Should you form your corporation in Alaska? We've collected the relevant information that will help you make this decision.

Pros

  • No individual or state income tax
  • Perfect for nature-loving, outdoor adventurers
  • Popular destination for summer tourism

Cons

  • Tax rate of 2-9.4%
  • Among "Worst States for Business" (Forbes 2016)

Cost of doing business

  • $250 filing fee / $100 annual report

Privacy

  • Disclosure of directors required in annual report

Forming your corporation in Alaska

The name
In order to communicate to the public that your new business is incorporated, its official name will need to end with one of the following signifiers (or a relevant abbreviation): “incorporated”, “Company”, or “corporation.” In addition, it is required that the name of your business is not intentionally misleading to consumers, for any reason. Your company’s new name must also be completely unique, and not deceptively similar to any other organizations name or trademarks. Do a FREE name search now.

Board of directors requirements
You will need to form an official board of directors when incorporating in Alaska. Here are the states explicit regulations regarding these directors:

  • Required number of directors
    Alaska corporations must have at least one director listed in their incorporation documents.
  • Age restrictions
    Directors of corporations located in Alaska can be of any age.
  • Residence restrictions
    There are no residence restrictions imposed on the directors of C corporations in Alaska. However, S corporations are only allowed to have directors located in the United States.
  • What information needs to be included in the Articles of Incorporation?
    Alaska does not require the names or addresses of directors to be disclosed in incorporation documents.

Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation is a document that must be filed during the incorporation process in every state. Here is the information that must be included in this document when filing in Alaska:

Stock information
Alaska requires the number of initial shares outstanding, and their par value, to be disclosed during the incorporation process. The number of outstanding shares does not affect initial state filing fees.

Officer information
The state of Alaska does not require officer information to be disclosed during the filing process.

Registered agent information
All Alaska corporations must have a registered agent on file, and submit their name and address (which cannot be a PO box). This agent will be required to be accessible during standard business hours, and act as the state’s point of contact with the company. Learn more about registered agents.

Additional Alaska filing requirements

Many states have steps in the incorporation process that are unique to that state. These can also vary at the municipality or county level as well. Here are the steps required throughout all of Alaska:

Initial report deadlines
All corporations in Alaska must file an initial report within six months of incorporating.

If your business is a professional practice
Professional service corporations are permitted to form under the professional corporation (PC) structure.

Corporate record keeping requirements

Corporations are required to keep formal documentation regarding several of their operations. These are the explicit record keeping formalities required by Alaska:

  • A copy of the Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, their amendments, and records of account
  • A list of all current shareholders
  • Meeting minutes for all shareholder and director meetings.

Alaska Corporate taxation and fee requirements

There are several tax and fee requirements that must be addressed by corporations in Alaska. They are as follows:

Taxation
All states have complex taxation requirements. For more information regarding taxes in Alaska it is advised that you visit the state’s official business related website. 

Annual report requirements
Corporations in Alaska are required to file a bi-annual report every other year before January 2nd. This report must be first filed after year one, and if not filed by February 1st penalty fees can be applied. The cost of this filing is currently $100. Learn more about annual reports.

Tax identification numbers
Alaska requires an EIN (employee identification number) for all corporations that will have employees, and most banks will require one to open accounts. Alaska does not require corporations to obtain state tax ID numbers. Learn more about EINs.

Business license requirements

The business licenses and permits required in Alaska vary wildly depending on the county or municipality in which your new corporation is located. If you would like to see more in-depth information on licenses and permits, please feel free to visit the content in our learning library that covers business licenses and permits.

S corporation election
Alaska does not require a state-level S corp election, as they recognize any elections held at the federal level.

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