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Michigan LLC

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When you file an LLC ( Limited Liability Company ) with the secretary of state, you gain the advantages of limited liability for the entity's debts and obligations. An LLC combines aspects of partnerships and corporations, so it is less formal and more flexible than a typical corporation, yet offers protection and advantages that are almost the same.

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Advantages of an LLC:

  • Limited Liability: Owners of a LLC have the liability protection of a corporation. A LLC exists as a separate entity much like a corporation. Members cannot be held personally liable for debts unless they have signed a personal guarantee.
  • Flexible Profit Distribution: Limited liability companies can select varying forms of distribution of profits. Unlike a common partnership where the split is 50-50, LLC have much more flexibility.
  • No Minutes: Corporations are required to keep formal minutes, have meetings, and record resolutions. The LLC business structure requires no corporate minutes or resolutions and is easier to operate.
  • Flow Through Taxation: All your business losses, profits, and expenses flow through the company to the individual members. You avoid the double taxation of paying corporate tax and individual tax. Generally, this will be a tax advantage, but circumstances can favor a corporate tax structure.

Michigan Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Michigan requires all LLCs that do business in the state to include 'Limited Liability Company' or the abbreviations 'L.L.C.' or 'LLC' in their name. Professional LLCs can also be formed in Michigan, provided that every member and manager is licensed to provide the professional service provided by the LLC.
  • The Articles of Organization that are filed with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services must include the LLC's name, address, purpose of business, and, if it will be managed by members, a statement saying so that is included in Article V of the Articles of Organization. LLCs must also specify a registered agent, though Michigan refers to them as resident agents. This agent must have a physical address in Michigan, and can be a resident of the state, a business in the state, or a foreign company registered to do business in the state.
  • Foreign LLCs can register to do business in Michigan by filing a certificate of good standing/existence from its state of formation, along with an Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Michigan, with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. If a Foreign LLC's name is not available, it can adopt an assumed name to do business in Michigan.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3 business days*.

Incorporate In Michigan

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Business owners most commonly form a corporation to protect their personal assets from their business liabilities. A correctly structured corporation allows owners, directors & officers to manage and run the business without worrying that they could potentially lose their home, car and personal savings due to business obligations or debts.

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Reasons to file a Michigan Corporation:

  • Separate yourself from the business and reduce your personal liability.
  • Potential tax benefits not offered to Sole Proprietors & Partnerships.
  • A C-Corporation has no limit on shareholders.
  • Shareholders are not required to be United States Citizens in a C-Corporation.
  • More professional business structure in the eyes of consumers.

Michigan Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within the state of Michigan.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3 business days*.
  • Director information is not required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Michigan Non-Profit Corporation

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Business owners most commonly form a corporation to protect their personal assets from their business liabilities. A correctly structured corporation allows owners, directors & officers to manage and run the business without worrying that they could potentially lose their home, car and personal savings due to business obligations

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File a Non-Profit Corporation in Michigan

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Reasons to file an Michigan Non profit Corporation:

  • A 501(c) organization, also known as a "non-profit", is an American tax-exempt non-profit organization.
  • There is a deduction, for federal income tax purposes, for some donors who make charitable contributions to most types of 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • There are 28 types of non-profit organizations that are exempt from some federal income taxes.
  • When becoming a non-profit, you first must become incorporated as one in your state. Then the corporation can apply for the tax exempt status.
  • To accept money or donations for a qualifying entity (such as churches, charities & civic leagues), a nonprofit entity should be filed.

Michigan Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within Michigan.
  • Generally filings are completed within 3 business days* at the state level.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Michigan Professional Corporation

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If a corporation will be engaging in what your state might call professional services, then a "Professional Corporation" must be formed pursuant to certain statutory provisions. professional services according to most states usually consists of services like medical services, legal services, accounting and financial services etc.

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File a Professional Corporation in Michigan

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Reasons to file an Michigan Professional Corporation:

  • Professional corporations (abbreviated as PC or P.C.) are corporate entities that are required by licensing boards, for such professionals as attorneys, architects, engineers, public accountants and physicians.
  • Legal regulations applying to professional corporations typically differ in important ways from other corporations.
  • Professional corporations may exist as part of a larger, corporate entity. For example, a law firm or medical practice might be organized as a partnership of several or many professional corporations.

Michigan Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within Michigan.
  • Generally filings are completed within 3 business days* at the state level.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

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State Information:

Michigan has long been known for its strong industry, it is the home to Detroit 'Motor City', has a very robust research and development sector, and is a major source of America's engineering jobs. Michigan has also recently made itself much more attractive to corporations, both big and small, by ridding itself of a complicated tax code in favor of a flat, 6% corporate income tax.

Small businesses that decide to forgo incorporation can also benefit from the low, flat 4.35% income tax. Different cities will also add on their own, local tax but, typically, taxes remain low. Michigan also has an online, one-stop business portal, which lists the requirements for starting up, and links to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation,a partnership between private enterprise and the public sector meant to help entrepreneurs get started. Click here to learn more about starting a business in Michigan.

*State filing turn around times are subject to change without notice. Times listed on our site are accurate at the time of our last update.


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