While not every state requires an LLC to file an annual report, Michigan LLCs does have that requirement. The report must be filed each year that you operate an LLC within Michigan. The deadline for filing is February 15, unless your business was started after September 30 of the prior year, and then it will not be required to be filed until the following year’s deadline.
The registered agent for an LLC will receive a pre-printed annual statement from the state indicating the filing deadline approximately three months before the due date.
The purpose of filing an annual report is to confirm your company’s status for the State of Michigan. Remember, this is not an optional filing. It is required, and the cost of $25 is minimal compared to what you could lose if you fail to file.
In Michigan, if you fail to file your annual report, your company will no longer be considered in good standing. In addition, if you fail to file for two years, your company name will be at risk of being used by others.
Before you file your annual report, you will need to gather the information that will be required. Typically this information is:
There are three ways to file an annual report in Michigan. The form sent to your Registered Agent may be completed and sent by mail, you may file the form online, or the form may be delivered in person. We will go into more detail below.
The State of Michigan requires all LLCs to file their annual reports no later than the 15th day of February. The only exception that is made is if an LLC is formed after September 30. Examples:
To file an annual report online, take the following steps:
It is worth noting that online filing is available approximately 90 days before the deadline for reporting. This means that by December 15, most LLCs should be able to start the filing process.
Use the form which was sent to your registered agent and make any corrections. Once the form is signed, it may be mailed to:
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909
The fee of $25 should be included using a check or money order payable to State of Michigan.
The form may also be reviewed, signed, and hand-delivered to 2501 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI with the appropriate fee.
Expedited services are offered which cost additional funds. As of 2022 these fees are:
If you have a registered agent, they may handle the annual compliance filing on your behalf. A registered agent service can confirm what reports are due in the State of Michigan and file them promptly to ensure you do not incur late fees, potential fines, or other penalties, including dissolution. We offer full compliance services so our LLC clients never have to worry about late filings or missed filings.
Too often, the owners of an LLC do not understand the risks associated with failure to file an annual report. However, there are penalties, including:
If an LLC fails to file by the February 15 deadline, they are considered delinquent in their filing and no longer an LLC in good standing. In order to restore the company to good standing the following steps would have to be followed:
The documents may be submitted as follows:
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau Corporations Division P.O. Box 30057 Lansing, MI 48909
2407 N Grand River Ave Lansing, MI 48906 Telephone: (517) 241-6470
Fees may be paid by check, money order, or major credit card
Online: LARA Business Portal
The following fees will apply if a company fails to file its annual report on or by the due date:
It is also worth noting that when you have to go through the late filing process that anyone who searches for your business using LARA will be able to see that your company missed a filing deadline and paid a penalty for doing so.
If a company fails to file its annual report for two full years, the State of Michigan reserves the right to dissolve the LLC. This could create innumerable problems for your business and jeopardize your relationships with vendors and clients.
Annual report filings are a critical part of managing your Michigan LLC. While the process is simple, especially when completed online, it is another thing you must add to your to-do list. If you fail to update any information, you could be facing additional paperwork. This is one of the reasons so many of the clients we have helped set up an LLC depend on us to complete their state’s annual reporting requirements.
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