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How to Start an LLC in Michigan

If you want to start your own business in Michigan, one of the best ways to do so is by creating a Michigan LLC. Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Michigan LLCs give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.

Located near the Great Lakes in the U.S. Midwest, Michigan (and Detroit in particular) has had a tough few years. But as its major cities have started to revitalize, Michigan has once again become an attractive place to form a business. Michigan is home to several great cities, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor.

Although the state is synonymous with the automobile industry, it is also home to several other major sectors, including technology, mining, aerospace, military manufacturing, furniture and food products. Michigan also has nearly 65,000 inland bodies of water, and no resident is further than 85 miles from a Great Lake. Any businesses that can take advantage of water sports, tourism and related areas will do well here.

Briefly, here are the benefits of filing an LLC in Michigan:

  • Limit your personal liability and keep personal assets separate from your business liability and debts
  • Enjoy quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulations and administration
  • Benefit from easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to get an LLC in Michigan, as well as any special requirements or regulations you’ll need to consider.

Six Quick Steps for Starting an LLC in Michigan

We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in MI. On this page, you’ll find the basic steps of how to form a Michigan LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.

More Information from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

The MI Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Michigan. Here are a few additional resources you may find helpful:

Special Types of LLCs in Michigan

What to Do After Forming Your Michigan LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Michigan? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.

Learn More About Michigan LLCs

You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance for Michigan business owners on the other pages of this guide, including:

Naming Your Michigan LLC

You can easily search the business registry of the MI Secretary of State/Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs by using Incfile’s business name search tool. This part of our guide also includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Michigan LLC name and more.

Michigan Registered Agents for Your LLC

How to appoint a Michigan Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on rules for Resident Agents and how to search for one in Michigan.

Fees and Requirements for Your Michigan LLC

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and state rules. Includes details about Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Michigan and federal business licenses, Michigan annual reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your Michigan LLC

How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and state government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, plus Michigan taxes like sales tax and income tax.

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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

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