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Step 1: Check Name Availability
Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.
Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles
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If we receive your Alaska Articles of Incorporation by 12:00 p.m. PST M-F, your corporation will be submitted and could be active the same day. This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date. Keep in mind that if you mail the document to the state, like many filing services do, you may have to wait at least a month for proof of filing.
Your Post-Filing Responsibilities
- File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information.
- Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company. Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
- Alaska Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.
Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:
- Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
- Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
- All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
- Most filing companies mail in your filings
Alaska Articles of Incoporation Guidelines
A corporate name must contain the word corporation, company, incorporated, or limited, or an abbreviation of one of these words. The corporate name may not contain a word or phrase that indicates or implies that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than the purpose contained in its articles of incorporation. The corporate name may not contain the word “city”, “borough”, or “village” or otherwise imply that the corporation is a municipality. The name of a city, borough, or village may be used in the corporate name. A corporate name must be distinguishable on the records of the department from the name of any other organized entity and from a reserved or registered name. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved for 120 days.
The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized may include a statement that the corporation is organized under the Alaska Corporation Code for any lawful purpose.
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
PREEMPTIVE RIGHTS / CUMULATIVE VOTING
Shareholders have preemptive rights except to the extent they are limited or denied by statute or by the articles of incorporation. Cumulative voting is automatically granted unless specifically denied.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Alaska.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF ALIEN AFFILIATE(S)
The Articles of Incorporation must set forth the name and address of each alien affiliate or a statement that there are no alien affiliates.
DIRECTORS / INCORPORATOR
The board of directors shall consist of one or more members. If the number of directors is not otherwise set in the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws then the number of directors shall be three. The minimum number of incorporators is one (1) (a natural person at least 18 years of age) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Alaska. The articles of incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Alaska Corporation Code, provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
ANNUAL REPORTS Alaska requires corporations to file an initial report with the state within six months of incorporation. The first report must be filed by January 2nd following incorporation and every two years thereafter. The fee is $100 and a late fee of $37.50.
Alaska Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings can help you form an Alaska corporation with the Alaska Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Alaska or form an Alaska subchapter S corporation, you must file the Alaska Articles of Incorporation with the Alaska Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Alaska corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Alaska incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Alaska Articles of Incorporation with the Alaska Secretary of State on your behalf.
How do I form an Alaska Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Alaska Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Alaska Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Alaska corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Alaska Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Alaska Secretary of State files the Alaska Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.
What are the advantages of forming an Alaska Corporation?
To begin with, there is the protection of the "corporate veil" that provides limited liability to the owners (shareholders). The shareholders are not personally liable for debts and obligations of the corporation. They can personally lose only to the extent of their investments in the Alaska corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Alaska corporation is an independent legal entity, the Alaska corporation has continuous existence. It does not cease to exist simply because one of the shareholders dies or retires. Corporations often have an easier time setting up insurance, retirement funds, profit-sharing, pension, and stock option plans than other business entities.
When you form an Alaska corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Alaska corporation. Ownership in an Alaska corporation is more easily transferable than other business entities. Under most circumstances, shares of stock can be sold without restriction to a third party without having to obtain consent from the Alaska corporation itself.
How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Alaska Corporation?
After we form an Alaska corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Alaska corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Alaska corporation. If you purchase our Alaska premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Alaska corporation.
How do I form an Alaska S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Alaska S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Alaska S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Alaska S corporation simply means the corporation is taxed like a partnership or LLC with a pass through tax structure. Make sure to check with your accountant or the IRS for limitations or read about Alaska C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Alaska, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Alaska S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Alaska Corporation's separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit, and their share of non-separately stated income or loss.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Alaska?
Generally most people form Alaska C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Alaska S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Alaska C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Alaska C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Alaska C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Alaska S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are U.S. citizens or registered aliens, issue only one type of stock, and are limited to no more than 75 shareholders.
How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for my Alaska Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Alaska corporation and include meeting minutes (MS Word format) that you can prepare as needed.
What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for my Alaska corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Alaska corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Alaska bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Alaska bylaws also contain the names of the officers for the titles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Another important part of Alaska corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Alaska corporation can open a bank account, take out loans, write checks, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. Most Alaska bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Alaska shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Alaska corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Alaska corporation.
What is an Alaska corporate seal?
After the Alaska corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the Alaska corporation will need a corporate seal. A corporate seal is a handheld device that imprints paper with the corporation's name, state of formation, and date the Alaska corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Alaska corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Alaska corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is an Alaska corporate kit?
The Alaska corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Alaska corporation's important documents such as the Alaska Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Alaska corporation kits that Sun sells include having the Alaska corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Alaska corporation's name) on the spine. Most Alaska corporation kits come with a slipcase to keep the binder safe. Some corporate kits are made with a slipcase built in. The choice is yours.
Another important part of an Alaska corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Alaska corporate kits that Sundoc sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Alaska corporation's name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the title of President and Secretary below the signature lines. You can place the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page.
Now that you have formed your Alaska corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Alaska bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local city and/or county tax licenses your business will need. The best place to start is your city hall or county recorder's office. Take the time to verify your areas business licensing requirements. For those of you who plan to run your Alaska corporation out of your home, check with your city or county to find out if a work at home permit is required. Once your licensing requirements are met, it is time to start operating your Alaska corporation.