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The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development offices are closed to the public at this time. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact us via phone or email.


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 best entity type for your organization and the specific IRS filing and language requirements for the particular tax exempt status for your organization. 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.)
  2. STATE: if your organization is an entity, then file the appropriate registration form, based on your entity type, with the Corporation Section of this division. For more information go to How To Get Licensed and Corporations Forms and Fees. Be sure to include in your registration form with this division the specific IRS language requirements for the desired IRS tax exempt status for your organization.
  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. The IRS offers online modules and mini courses on how to obtain and maintain tax exempt status.
  4. OTHER AGENCIES: File with the other agencies, such as, but not limited to:

The above TIPS are 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.

This Division does not provide legal advice. The information contained within these webpages is provided for your convenience and is not to be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to know what your registering, reporting and filing requirements are based on your specific business activities. Not knowing what is expected of you may not preclude you from the legal obligation to meet these requirements and compliance with the law. You are encouraged to seek the advice of a professional, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Attorney if you need additional assistance.

Contact Us

When contacting this office, please direct your questions to the appropriate Section: Corporations, Professional Licensing, or Business Licensing. Each Section specializes in its own requirements per Alaska statutes and regulations.

Professional Licensing Section
Email: License@Alaska.Gov

Corporations Section
Email: Corporations@Alaska.Gov

Business Licensing Section
Email: BusinessLicense@Alaska.Gov