LICENSES, PERMITS & REGISTRATION
1) Tax Registration
Employer Identification Number (EIN): All employers who have employees, including business partnerships and corporations, must be assigned an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Employer Tax ID from the United States Internal Revenue Service, sometimes referred to as a Form SS-4.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service Phone: 1-800-829-4933
Alaska Tax Registration: Those businesses operating within the state of Alaska are additionally required to register for more specific identification numbers, licenses or permits for different tax purposes. Examples of these include income tax withholding, sellers’ permits for sales and use tax, and unemployment insurance tax. Contact the Alaska Department of Revenue – Tax Division for more specific information regarding business owner tax obligations and registration procedures.
2) Business Licenses
General Business Licenses: The State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development provides specific information regarding permit, license and registration requirements through an extensive collection of links links and contact information, specifically through The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.
3) Local Permits
The local government in your area, such as that of your city or county, may require specific permits and licenses. Each municipality may have its own unique regulations. Here are some of the most common licenses and permits you may need.
4) Incorporation Filing
Businesses which operate as corporations, limited liability companies (LLC), a partnership (either limited or limited liability) or who are a non-profit organization in Alaska need to register with the state. Forms and applications can be found here:
5) Doing Business As (DBA)
Filing for a fictitious name allows the creation of a business name which is then separate from your legal name. This is called Doing Business As, or DBA. In Alaska, the business name must be both reserved and registered; each of these steps is a separate process. The names of some entity types are automatically registered. All businesses operating in Alaska as limited partnerships, registered limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, professional corporations, nonprofit corporations, and professional associations must reserve and register their business name.
6) Employer Requirements
There are several registration requirements for businesses which have employees. New employers may be interested in reading Ten Steps to Hiring Your First Employee.
New Hire Reporting: Employers are required to declare all newly and re-hired employees within 20 days of hiring. This information should be submitted via the Alaska Child Support Services Division New Hire Reporting Program.
Insurance Requirements: The State of Alaska requires businesses to carry certain kinds of insurance. An overview of insurance requirements can be found in the Business Insurance Guide. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers Alaska’s Unemployment Insurance.