How to Register Your Business in Alaska

Is your company hiring an employee in Alaska, but based in another state? Learn how to register your business in just a few simple steps.

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It’s no secret that people who live in Alaska are typically resilient and tough, important characteristics to have when weathering that long Alaskan winter. Those also make great characteristics for your next employees. So even though Alaska is one of the least populated states in the US, you may just find your next great hire there. And it’s not a problem if your business isn’t actually based in Alaska. Fortunately, in this era of remote work, you don’t have to be limited by location; collaborating across state lines is easy.  

Bringing on a new employee can be exciting, but there’s a lot to do as well. You want to onboard your new hire as quickly and smoothly as possible to ensure their success at your organization. But before you get started with onboarding, you’ll need to register your business with the state of Alaska. Any person, firm, or organization that employs one or more people for a portion of a day is required to register with the state.  

Register your business in Alaska in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create your myAlaska account.
  2. Next, you can apply for your Alaska Employment Security Tax Account number with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Once you’ve received your account number, you can add your business or other entity as a new employer online with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Once you’ve registered, you will receive confirmation of the number in 5-7 days via email, followed by a letter in the mail.

You can use your myAlaska account to manage your ongoing responsibilities to pay unemployment taxes and report new hires. In fact, the Alaska Department of Labor encourages all employers to file reports, submit payments, view account balances, and payment history via the Internet. The Department of Labor has an extensive list of resources to help walk you through the process. The Alaska Unemployment Insurance Tax Handbook is also a thorough guide to registering with the state and managing your unemployment tax responsibilities.

Alaska has no state income tax, so no employee withholding for state income tax is required.


Interested in expanding your team outside of the US as well? Pilot specializes in managing international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, in one secure platform. Our team of HR and payroll experts is happy to guide you through any questions ✨

To learn more about Pilot, request a demo with one of our experts.


⚖️ Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


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