Alaska LLC Cost

We’ve compiled the most common fees so you know exactly what to expect when starting your Alaska LLC.

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FAQs on how to determine Alaska LLC costs

  • To formally start your Alaska LLC, you must first file your Articles of Organization. While completing your formation documents can feel complicated at times, you don’t have to navigate this process alone. We can take some of the stress off of your shoulders. Let us help you start your Alaska LLC quickly and efficiently with our Alaska LLC Formation Service.

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  • The initial filing fee for your Articles of Organization isn’t the only LLC cost to be aware of. The following are various fees that could come up in the course of starting your LLC in Alaska:

    Alaska LLC Filing Fee

    $250: As noted above, the Alaska Articles of Organization costs $250 to file. 

    New Business Name Reservation

    $25: If you have a name in mind and don’t want anyone to take it while you complete your formation documents, you can file a Business Name Reservation Form. While not necessary, doing so can be a great idea for your new business. The fee for filing a Business Name Reservation is $25. 

    Initial Report

    Free: Within six months of creating your LLC, you must also file an Initial Report. This is a requirement for all approved LLCs. It is important for keeping your business entity’s contact information on file and updated with the state. There is no filing fee for this Initial Report, and filings can be completed online. 

    Biennial Reports

    $100: After filing your Initial Report, you must also continue to update your LLC’s information with the state every two years. If you don’t, the State may find you non-compliant. To stay compliant, you’ll file a Biennial Report, which costs $100. 

  • Paying your Articles of Organization and Biennial Report filing fees won’t always be the end of your costs. When you’re trying to assess the cost to start a business in Alaska, here are a few other things to look out for.

    Business Name Registration

    Filing a Business Name Registration form gives your business exclusive rights to a DBA name for up to five years. So if you plan to operate your business under a different name than your entity’s official name on record, you’ll want to file one of these. The cost is $25.

    Certificate of Compliance

    A Certificate of Compliance is also known as a Certificate of Good Standing. This document verifies that your LLC is legally compliant and properly formed. There are many scenarios in which you may need a Certificate of Compliance, such as:

    • Secure funding
    • Do business outside of Alaska
    • Purchase business insurance
    • Open business bank accounts

    The fee to get a Certificate of Compliance is $10.

    Registered Agent Resignation

    In your Articles of Organization, you’ll have to designate a Registered Agent. They will be responsible for accepting service of process for important legal documents on behalf of the business. However, sometimes the Registered Agent you select may need to resign. When this happens, you’ll file a Registered Agent Notice of Resignation form, which costs $25.

    When it’s time to select or replace your Registered Agent, it’s important to choose someone who meets all of Alaska’s legal requirements. If you’re not sure who to designate, we can help you find the right one for your LLC with our Alaska Registered Agent Service.

    Business Licensing

    Additionally, you may need to pay fees for certain business licenses and permits. However, figuring out what licenses and permits you need can often feel overwhelming.

    With our partners at Avalara, we can give you a Business License Report to help you determine what specific licenses, permits, and registrations you’ll need.

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  • Yes. Failure to pay your fees on time can result in additional penalties such as: 

    • Interest charges
    • Late fees
    • Sanctions

    Always be sure to file and make any payments on time to avoid adverse consequences. 

  • The inability to pay your filing fee to the Alaska government can be detrimental to the future success of your business. In addition to late payment penalties, failure to pay fees could result in the involuntary dissolution of your LLC.

  • You must file your LLC formation documents and filing fees with the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. 

  • The largest LLC fee you’ll need to pay when forming your entity is $250 for the initial Articles of Organization filing. However, if you are domesticating a foreign (out-of-state) LLC to register it in Alaska, the fee to do so will be slightly higher at $275. 

  • The State of Alaska accepts cash, check, and credit card as proper payment methods. However, cash is available only for in-person filings, and checks are permitted only for in-person and U.S. mail filings. Credit card payments are only available for electronic filings. 

How do I form my LLC in Alaska?

1. Name your LLC

The first step to forming your Alaska LLC is selecting a name for the business. You can select nearly any name you wish. However, your name must: 

  • Contain words or abbreviations to signify the type of entity structure (e.g., “limited liability company,” “L.L.C.,” or “LLC”)
  • Not imply that your LLC is formed for an unauthorized purpose
  • Not include vulgar words or names
  • Be distinguishable from other names on file with the state

2. Select a Registered Agent

As noted above, your Registered Agent plays a crucial role in the course of your business operations. They’ll be responsible for accepting legal documents on behalf of your company. So it’s important to select someone reliable and trustworthy for this role.

3. File your LLC’s Articles of Organization

Once you’ve completed your Articles of Organization, you’re ready to file it with the state. The Articles of Organization is the main document you need to formally create your LLC entity. You can file in person, by mail, or online. However, be aware that hardcopy filings will be processed less quickly than online filings. 

If you choose to file by mail, submit your Articles of Organization and filing fee to:

State of Alaska

Corporations Section

P.O. Box 110806

Juneau, Alaska 99811-0806

4. Create an Operating Agreement

A Limited Liability Company Agreement is also called an Operating Agreement. It allows business owners to outline certain aspects of their business. In an Operating Agreement, you and your co-owners (also referred to as members) can lay out the regulations and procedures your LLC will follow. Operating Agreements can:

  • Outline members’ expectations about the business
  • Distribute profits and losses
  • Detail the process for resolving disputes between members

Without an Operating Agreement, your LLC will be required to follow Alaska’s default rules for LLCs. Instead of selecting a process that works best for you, you will have to follow Alaska’s LLC guidelines. 

Writing the rules for your LLC can seem overwhelming, but we can help. Our Operating Agreement Template simplifies the process of creating your Operating Agreement.

5. Get an EIN

Staying up to date on your taxes is a critical part of running a business. If your LLC has more than one member, has employees, or operates as a corporation, it has to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 

The IRS distributes EINs, which are necessary for certain businesses to pay their federal taxes. Even if your business doesn’t have to have an EIN, you can still get one from the IRS. Otherwise, you might have to use your personal Social Security Number on business documents. You also need an EIN to open business bank accounts and acquire business insurance policies. 

You can get an EIN by filing paperwork with the IRS, or we can handle this for you with our Employer ID Number Service

Check Alaska Annual Requirements

One of the most crucial requirements for Alaska LLCs is the timely filing of your biennial report. 

Alaska requires LLCs to file a biennial report every two years. If you fail to file the biennial report, your LLC can fall into non-compliance. 

It’s challenging to remember all of the deadlines associated with running a business. But if you forget, it can result in things like biennial reports slipping through the cracks. Save yourself a headache and money by using our Annual Report Service to help you stay on top of your LLC’s annual reporting obligations. 

Stay Legally Compliant

Almost every business goes through changes as it grows. If information about your business changes you need to update the government. You can Amend your Articles of Organization or file other updated paperwork to stay in compliance. Our Worry-Free Compliance Service  will help you keep track of your business’s compliance requirements. Through that service we will also file up to two amendments per year on your behalf.

We can help!

Owning and operating your own business can be extremely fulfilling. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy work. 

Fortunately, however, you don’t have to go through this process alone. We have a number of tools and resources to provide peace of mind to business owners just like you. Let us help you save time and money as you start, manage, and grow your business today.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.


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