Michigan Foreign corporation annual reports can be complex. Here is everything you will need to understand your annual report. It includes which businesses need to complete this, takes you through the step by step process, and gives the fees for submission. Frequently asked questions are also included at the end.

Michigan Annual Report

Every business in Michigan, apart from Michigan Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships are required to file an annual report with the Secretary of State. They can be filed online, mailed, or delivered personally. The pre-printed form will be sent to your registered agent who should provide you with this three months prior to the date on which it is due. The forms are then to be submitted to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Corporations Division.

Here are the deadlines and filing fees for the submission of your Annual Report for different businesses:

  • Corporation: May 15. Fee $25
  • LLC: February 15. Fee $25
  • Domestic Non-profit Corporations: File by October 1 in the year following incorporation and October 1 each subsequent year. Fee $20
  • Foreign Non-profit Corporations: File by October 1 in the year following initial authorization to conduct business in Michigan and October 1 each subsequent year. Fee $20
  • Professional Corporations: Due each year before May 15. Fee $25
  • Charities: 7 Months following Fiscal Year End. There is no fee.

How to the File Annual Report Online

  1. Access the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website. Choose File Your Annual Report or Annual Statement.
  2. Put in your entity ID which can be found using the LARA Business Entity Search.
  3. You will be shown everything you have previously filed including incomplete ones. Using the blue highlighted numbers, select the year you wish to file.
  4. If there are changes to the resident agent or mailing address, enter the new information then click Next. If there are no changes, simply select Next.
  5. Using wording from the original Articles of Incorporation, complete the Purpose and Activities box. Alternatively, enter “Assisting veterans and their families in receiving benefits and grants”.
  6. Fill in the boxes marked Filed By and Phone. The Title should be Authorized Officer or Agent.
  7. You will be taken to the payment screen and click on Next. Choose how to pay and click Pay Now. The billing address is not required for processing.
  8. Make a copy of your receipt and retain.

Foreign Non-Profit in Michigan Registration FAQs

In Michigan, how do I go about registering a foreign non-profit?

A Certificate of Authority to Transact Business or Conduct Affairs in Michigan is required from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporation Division. You can apply for this by fax or mail.

What does it cost to submit an Application?

Yes, the fee is $20.

What does the Application need to include?

A copy of the non-profit organization's original Articles of Incorporation must be included.

Does Michigan require a Certificate of Good Standing?

A Certificate of Good Standing completed by your registered agent from the state your original business is registered in is required. This must have been created within the 30 days prior to filing

What is the process following submitting my Application?

You will be given a file number by the Bureau of Commercial Services for your organization. This six-digit number needs to be entered on any subsequent documents sent to Michigan LARA. You can then conduct business in Michigan once the Certificate of Authority has been granted.

Will my Michigan non-profit organization need a resident agent?

Yes, you will require a Michigan resident agent.

To stay current, am I required to file an Annual Report as a foreign non-profit in Michigan?

All non-profits in Michigan are required to submit an annual report.

When can I file online?

You can file your Annual Report online up to 90 days prior to the date it is due.

What other Michigan registrations are required for my non-profit?

  • Michigan tax-exempt status.
  • You will need to register as a charity if you are receiving donations from Michigan's general public. You can do this from the Attorney General's Charitable Trust Division.

Where in Michigan do I send the nonprofit forms?

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Commercial Services, Corporation Division, P.O. Box 30054, Lansing, Michigan 48909

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