Michigan Corporation Requirements

After forming a corporation, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability a corporation provides its owners. This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Michigan corporations.

Corporate records

Michigan corporations must keep complete corporate records at the principal office of the corporation.

Corporate taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Michigan corporations:

  • Annual report. Michigan requires corporations to file an annual report. The due date is May 15. The filing fee is $15.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for Michigan corporations, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of Michigan .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for corporations that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Michigan does not require a state tax identification number.

Business licenses

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.

S corporation election

Michigan recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.

Additional Michigan information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Michigan:

State Guides

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