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Notice of Office Closure

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development offices will be closed to the public on November 23rd and 24th. We will be closed November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and November 24th is an unpaid furlough day for employees to reduce state expenses.


How does a non-profit obtain tax-exempt status?

The State of Alaska does not grant tax-exempt status.  Tax-exempt designation comes from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.

IMPORTANT: The IRS has specific filing time frames and language expectations for obtaining tax exempt status from the IRS. For more information you are strongly encouraged to visit the IRS websites.


  1. RESEARCH: to determine the specific IRS filing time frames and IRS language requirements for the particular tax exempt status you desire for your organization;
  2. STATE: File articles of organization (include the appropriate required IRS language) with this office to obtain an Alaska Entity Number;
  3. FEDERAL: File with the IRS requesting the desired tax exempt status and include the required documents filed for record with the State of Alaska as evidence to support your request to the IRS;
  4. OTHER AGENCIES: File with the other agencies, such as, but not limited to:

The State of Alaska Corporations Section strongly encourages you to visit the IRS websites before proceeding:

The IRS provides specialized assistance to tax-exempt organizations, call 877-829-5500 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. Residents of Alaska follow Pacific time.)

The IRS provides web based training modules & mini courses online at

The above IRS tax-exempt information is provided by the Corporations Section as a courtesy.  You are strongly advised to research the requirements to obtain tax-exempt status from the IRS and how the contents of your filing(s) with the State of Alaska may impact your tax-exempt eligibility with the IRS.  If you require assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professional specialized in the area of tax-exempt non-profits.

State of Alaska forms can be found on the Forms and Fees

Contact Us:

If you have questions you can reach us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below or by emailing us at