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.

  • Note: The IRS may have the expectation that certain language regarding the organization’s purpose, dedication, and distribution clauses are included in the articles of incorporations filed with the state.  Examples of suggested language for these optional provisions can be found in IRS Publication 557.

The State of Alaska Corporations Section encourages you to visit the IRS website and some of the other helpful IRS sites listed below before filing with the state:


The IRS provides specialized assistance for tax-exempt organizations online at or by calling (877) 829-5500.

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

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