Ready to move your LLC to Alaska? Or maybe you’re just considering it? Either way, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of Alaska LLC domestication. Luckily, this guide covers everything you need to know about moving (or forming) an LLC in Alaska.
We’ll cover the basics of LLCs in Alaska, how to domesticated an LLC from another state, and what form you’ll need to file. So whether you’re a seasoned business owner or just getting started, this guide will give you the information you need to make the best decision for your business. Ready to get started? Let’s dive in!
What is Alaska LLC Domestication?
LLC domestication in Alaska means changing the location or domicile of your LLC from any state into Alaska. In other words, if you want to move your Georgia LLC to Alaska, for instance, LLC domestication is the best way to do so.
By LLC domestication, you change the governing laws of your LLC. Domesticating your LLC into Alaska will have the following benefits over other methods of moving your LLC to Alaska:
- LLC domestication allows you to maintain previous business relationships.
- No need to renew contracts made in the previous state.
- No need to change bank accounts and credit rating.
- You can retain your EIN (Tax ID Number).
- No need to rehire employees.
- No need to transfer assets.
How to Domesticate your LLC in Alaska
There’s always something new to learn in the ever-changing landscape of business, and this same goes for LLC domestication in Alaska. Below, we explained the process of transferring an LLC from any state to Alaska via AK LLC domestication in 3 simple steps.
Acquire a Certificate of Good Standing
A certificate of good standing is also called a certificate of existence or certificate of status in some states. It is a legal document issued by the state authorities, usually the secretary of state.
This certificate verifies that your LLC or corporation was legally formed and operated in a state compliance manner.
In other words, this official document states that you timely pay your LLC taxes, submit LLC annual reports and fees, follow the state laws in all business operations: hence, your business is in good standing with the state.
Alaska LLC domestication requires that your LLC does not have any outstanding debts or taxes in the home state. So you have to pay state taxes, LLC annual fees, and other fees in the state where you initially registered your LLC.
To prove that your LLC is up to date on all important business marks, you need to submit a certificate of status while filing Articles of Domestication in Alaska.
Approval of LLC Domestication
Before you file articles of domestication with the Alaska Department of State, you need to acquire approval from the state where you originally formed your LLC.
Contact the state department where you initially filed your articles of organization and acquire permission to move your business out of that state.
For instance, if you want to move your Texas LLC to Alaska, you need to get permission to transfer your LLC out of Texas from the Texas Secretary of State.
File an Articles of Domestication Alaska
To formally move your LLC from the LLC’s home state to Alaska, you need to file articles of domestication downloaded with the Alaska department of state.
With Alaska Articles of Domestication, you will see Alaska articles of organization form as well. So you need to file the Alaska certificate of domestication along with the Alaska articles of domestication.
To download both forms, click on the link below:
Moreover, you also need to submit the certificate of good standing to show that your LLC does not have any outstanding state taxes or debts in the previous state.
Finally, depending on the LLC management structure mentioned in your LLC operating agreement, you need the signature of the authorized person to sign the Alaska LLC domestication form. After completing all the information, send the complete forms to:
State of Alaska, Corporations Section,
PO Box 110806,
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Requirements to Complete Alaska Articles of Domestication Form
As mentioned earlier that Alaska articles of domestication are filed with the Alaska articles or organization; the following information/documents will be needed to complete the LLC domestication process:
- Certificate of good standing from the previous state
- LLC domestication approval from the previous state
- Name of the domesticating entity (The name of your LLC with which you used to operate your business in the previous state)
- The name of the previous state where your LLC was registered
- The date when your LLC was formed initially
- Alaska articles of organization form with Alaska registered agent information
- Signature of the authorized person to initiate LLC domestication
- The effective date of the LLC domestication, if it is not the same as the date of filing of the Alaska articles of domestication
Alaska LLC Domestication Fee (Cost)
To convert an out-of-state LLC into a Alaska LLC, you need to pay the following fee to the Alaska Department of State along with the Alaska articles of domestication:
- Articles of Domestication: $25
- Articles of Organization: $125
- Total to Domesticate and file: $150
Alternatives to LLC Domestication Alaska
If you do not plan to move your LLC to Alaska permanently, or for any other reason Alaska LLC domestication does not seem suitable, the followings are the alternative to Alaska LLC domestication:
- Operating as a Alaska Foreign LLC
- Forming a new LLC in Alaska LLC and merging it with the Old LLC
- Dissolving the Old LLC and Forming New LLC in Alaska
What Next After Alaska LLC Domestication?
Once the state of Alaska domesticates your LLC, the laws of the previous state will no longer apply to your LLC.
Now your LLC will be governed under the LLC statute of Alaska. Now, to remain compliant with the laws of Alaska, you need to:
- Make sure you pay outstanding LLC federal taxes or debts in the previous state.
- Keep your registered agent information up to date. If you don’t have one, you can review top registered agent services here.
- Follow your LLC operating agreement.
- Acquire licenses and permits specifically required by the new state.
- Regularly submit annual reports and fees.
- Pay Alaska sales tax (6% on the total sales).
Moving an LLC out of Alaska
The Alaska Department of state allows an LLC to move out of Alaska via LLC domestication. However, the law of the other state must permit LLC domestication in its statute.
If the law of the other state does not permit LLC domestication, you should look for alternatives of LLC domestication to transfer your LLC out of Alaska.
For the states that allow LLC domestication, you need to submit a Alaska certificate of status to domesticate your LLC there. Click on the following link to get a Alaska certificate of status.
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