What Is an Annual Report?
In Michigan, an annual report is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every year. The report is essentially updating your registered agent address and paying a $25 fee. All LLCs are required to file their annual report with the Michigan Secretary of State.
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the state of Michigan. This allows creditors and other interested parties to look up your business address in case they need to contact you. The government uses this information to track the payment of your LLC's state taxes.
Learn more about annual reports by reading our article, What is an LLC Annual Report?
How Do I File?
You can file your LLC's annual report through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website. Additionally, the state will send a pre-printed form to the office of your registered agent for your company 90 days before the report is due.
Filing deadlines: Michigan's Annual Report is due by February 15 each year, except for the first year in which your LLC was formed if your LLC was formed after September 30. For example, if you form your LLC in November of 2017, then you would not file your annual report until February of 2019.
Penalties for late filings: Michigan does not charge a fee for late filings. However, failure to file your annual report will result in the company no longer being in good standing after two years. At that time, your business name becomes available to any other corporation, limited partnership or limited liability company.
Should I Use a Registered Agent Service?
A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf. By using a registered agent service, you can ensure that your LLC's reports are always filed on time to the appropriate government agency. Here are the three main advantages to using a registered agent service for your LLC:
1. Avoid penalties of late filing: In Michigan, an LLC may lose its name to another business entity if it goes two years without filing an annual report. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- 2. You will have flexibility: A registered agent can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours, so that you have to be on the job from 9-5 every week. You can also use a registered agent service to form an LLC in other states where you don't already have an established business presence.
- 3. You will have privacy: Using a registered agent allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your personal privacy. Additionally, in the unfortunate event that your LLC is sued, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent address, rather than at your place of business in front of your employees.
Learn more about a registered agent by reading our article, What is a Registered Agent?
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