Our Filing Packages Start at Just $79 (plus state fees)
Do you already have prepared documents? Go right to the third step!
First Step: Find an Available Name
Start with your name. Choose three names in order of your preference and we will check for availability of these names.
Second Step: Upload or Prepare your Articles
Use our simple online form to walk you through the required information we’ll need.
Step 3: Decide on Service Level and Other Options
Select the necessary filing package, or feel free to choose from our a la carte selections.
Rush Orders: 3-5 Business Days
Routine Orders: 3 Weeks
During normal business hours, email confirmation will be sent within the hour.
Now your filing is ready to go!
If SunDoc Filings receives your Michigan Articles of Incorporation by noon PST Monday through Friday, your corporation will be submitted and could be active on that same day. This would mean that your company would be given your file date as the submission date. Many filing services will mail in your document. However, this will inevitably delay your results.
After you file...
- File your statement of information: The Michigan Secretary of State will require that you file a statement of information after you file.
- Obtain an EIN: Your new company will need an EIN (employee identification number), and we can help. We’ll send it in 1 to 2 days if you order when you file.
- Purchase a Michigan corporate kit: These kits come with a binder, a seal embosser, meeting minutes and bylaws, 20 Stock certificates, and other items. Simply order your kit at the time when you file. You can also place your order at our corporate kit order site.
Consider these optional services with your order when you file:
- More Certified Copies of Articles: You could need this down the line for banks, lines of credit, or professional licensing.
- Certificates of Good Standing: You might need more copies of your certificate of good standing if you plan to qualify or register your business in other states.
The Advantage of SunDoc Filings
- Since 1999, We have filed thousands of documents for our customers
- Other filing companies will delay your results by mailing in your filings
- All filings received by 12pm PST are submitted that same day
Michigan Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "co.," or "ltd." A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Department of Commerce, Corporation Division, Corporation and Securities Bureau for a 6 month period for a filing fee of $10.
It is acceptable to state, either alone or with a specific purpose clause, “The purposes for which the corporation is organized shall be to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Business Corporation Act of the State of Michigan.”
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
The maximum number of authorized shares for the minimum organizational and admissions fee is 60,000 shares with or without par value. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
Existing shareholders often hold preemptive rights, which allow the shareholders to purchase these new shares of stock before they are made available to the public. Michigan preemptive rights are denied in absence of a specific grant.
Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless specifically granted.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Michigan.
The minimum number of directors is one (1).
LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY
The Articles of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Business Corporation Act of the State of Michigan, a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
Minimum number of incorporators is one (an individual, a partnership, a domestic or foreign corporation, or any other association, corporation, trust, or legal entity) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Michigan.
Submit to the Department of Commerce, Corporation Division, Corporation and Securities Bureau one (1) executed copy of Articles of Incorporation. Department of Commerce files the Articles of Incorporation and furnishes a copy thereof.
SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL STATE
DISBURSEMENTS AND FEES
1. Make check payable to Michigan Department of Commerce, Corporation Division, Corporation and Securities Bureau.
2. $10 filing fee for Articles of Incorporation.
3. Organization and Admission (Franchise) Fee (minimum of $50)is based on the authorized share structure of the corporation at the following rates:
AUTHORIZED SHARES WITH OR
WITHOUT PAR VALUE
For the first 60,000 $50 for each additional 20,000 authorized shares or portion thereof, $30, up to a maximum fee of $5,000 for the first 10,000,000 authorized shares for each 20,000 authorized shares in excess of 10,000,000 shares $30,000, up to a maximum fee of $200,000.
Expedite fees are as follows:
24-hour service - $50 for formation documents and applications for certificate of authority
24-hour service -$100 for any document concerning an existing entity
Same day service – call for details. Same day formation/qualification - $100
Same day- $200 for any document concerning an existing entity.
Review completed on day of receipt. Document and request for same day expedited service must
be received by 1 p.m. EST or EDT.
• Two hour- $500
Review completed within two hours on day of receipt. Document and request for two hour expedited service must be received by 3 p.m. EST or EDT.
• One hour- $1000
Review completed within one hour on day of receipt. Document and request for 1 hour expedited must be received by 4 p.m. EST or EDT.
Frequently Asked Questions for Michagan Corporations
How do I form a Michigan Corporation?
There are several key steps involved in the formation of an Michigan Corporation. First, we’ll check for the availability of corporate names. You’ll pick 3 that you like (in order of preference), and we will check on their availability with the Michigan Secretary of State.
Next, we’ll start preparing your Michigan Articles of Incorporation. We will file the Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Michigan and form your Michigan corporation. Lastly, the Secretary of State will file your Articles of Incorporation, and we’ll send the final file document to you.
Why Choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings has been forming corporations since 1999. We know the state of Michigan’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and quickly. We can help you form a Michigan corporation with the Michigan Secretary of State more efficiently than any other filing service.
In order to form a corporation in Michigan or form a Michigan subchapter S corporation, you must file the Michigan Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. Let us prepare and file the Articles of Incorporation with the SOS on your behalf and make the Michigan incorporation process easier and more painless for you.
Why should I form a Michigan Corporation?
There are several advantages to forming an Michigan corporation. First, there’s what we call the “corporate veil.” This “veil” offers limited liability to shareholders or owners, and it means that no one is personally liable for obligations or debts of the corporation. Shareholders can only lose if they invest their personal money by purchasing stock in the corporation.
Another key benefit of the corporation is that because Michigan corporations are independent legal entities, they continuously exist. In other words, they won’t shut down just because a shareholder decides to retire or passes away.
Another benefit is that corporations usually have a simpler time when it comes to setting up insurance, pensions, profit-sharing, retirement funds, stock option plans and other business dealings. Finally, it is quite easy to transfer Michigan corporations. It is much easier than transferring is with other business entities. Most of the time, shares of stock are able to be sold without restriction to third parties, and there is no need to obtain permission from the Michigan Corporation.
Finally, ownership in a Michigan corporation makes it easier to transfer than other business entities. Generally speaking, you can sell shares of stock to a third party without restriction and without having to get consent from the corporation itself.
How do I form a Michigan S Corporation?
Your Michigan S corporation will begin as what is called a C corporation or a stock corporation. You have to file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service if you want to obtain or form a Michigan S corporation. When you form a Michigan S Corporation, this basically means that you will be taxed like an LLC or partnership with a pass-through structure of tax. You’ll want to check with your accountant or with the IRS directly to learn about limitations. You can also read more about Michigan C corporations below.
When you obtain an S Corporation status in the state of Michigan, your corporation will generally not need to file a tax return. This is because double taxation will be completely eliminated. When shareholders of your corporation file their own tax returns, they’ll need to include their share of the corporation’s separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit as well as their share of non-separately stated income or loss.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Michigan?
Michigan C corporations are double taxed because both individual owners and the corporate entity will need to file annual returns. Most people will form Michigan C corporations when they plan to publicly trade stock from the corporation.
Keep in mind that Michigan S corporations can’t have more than 75 shareholders. If you choose to stay with a Michigan C corporation, you’ll be able to have 76 shareholders or more. Michigan C corporations are able to have multiple classes of stock like common shares and preferred stock shares.
Remember also that Michigan S corporations can only be owned by registered legal aliens and U.S. citizens. They are limited to no more no more than 75 shareholders and can only issue one type of stock.
How can I obtain an EIN (Employer Identification number) for a Michigan Corporation? How Can I Obtain a Tax Payer ID number?
Once we form your Michigan Corporation, we have numerous additional services available to you. For example, we can easily obtain an EIN or employee identification number for you. Keep in mind that these numbers are always necessary when it comes to hiring new employees, creating lines of credit for your business, or opening new bank accounts. If you purchase our Michigan Corporation premium package, employer identification number obtainment will be included with the price.
How can I prepare or obtain corporate bylaws for a Michigan Corporation?
It is advised that you purchase our premium package. In this package, we will prepare the initial bylaws in standard language for your corporation. This will also include meeting minutes in Microsoft Word format. You can prepare these as required.
Explain corporate bylaws: Why are they essential for my new Michigan corporation?
Your corporate bylaws will act as an important blueprint for your corporation in Michigan. The bylaws will have the rights, privileges, and powers of the directors, officers, and shareholders of your corporation. In your bylaws, you will also have the number of directors. The names of directors will also be included as well the names of the officers for the titles of president, vice president, treasurer or CFO, and secretary.
Moreover, your bylaws will include the rules of your corporation. These rules will pertain to how your Michigan corporation is allowed to take out loans, enter into new contracts, create bank accounts, write checks, and obtain credit for the business or issue stock certificates to shareholders. Most Michigan bylaws will have an alphabetical order shareholder list. This will have all names, titles, and addresses of your shareholders. It will also have the amount of shares that each owns.
What is a Michigan corporate seal?
All Michigan corporations should have corporate seals. This is a handheld device that is used to imprint all types of documents, including business documents and loan papers. Many lending institutions and banks will require that you have one. The seal will include the corporation’s name, the date the corporation was formed, and the state where the corporation was formed. If you choose to purchase our Michigan Corporation kit, you will receive a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is a Michigan corporate kit?
A corporate kit for your Michigan corporation is a must-have. Included will be a hardbound binder. In the binder, you’ll have all of your Michigan corporation's most vital documents.
The documents will include your bylaws and your Articles of Incorporation. Your Michigan corporation's name will be professionally printed on the spine of the binder as well, and most of the kits come with a slipcase to protect the binder. Some kits are created with a built-in slipcase.
Another important part of a corporate kit is the 20 stock certificates that are included in all of our kits. On each stock certificate is:
- Your Michigan corporation’s name
- The amount of shares
- The par value your Michigan corporation is authorized to issue
- Titles of president and secretary with signature lines
Already formed your corporation? You can order an Michigan corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. We have numerous style and color options.
Operating Your Newly Formed Michigan Corporation
Congratulations! You’ve formed your corporation, received your EIN with the IRS, decided whether to be an S or C corporation, prepared your bylaws and issued shares of stock, and utilized your embosser, it’s finally time to check which local, city and county business licenses your business will need in your local area. You’ll want to check out your city and county requirements for all types of business licensing. Furthermore, if you plan to run your business out of your Michigan home, you’ll need to check with your city hall or county recorder’s office in order to see if you need a work-at-home permit as well. Once you’ve done all of this and your business license requirements are met, you can start operating your new Michigan corporation.