Michigan law, like most states, requires corporations to prepare Annual Minutes. However, Michigan business owners should be aware of various mass mailing campaigns that contain forms that may be misconstrued as mandatory forms to be filled out and filed with the State of Michigan (see example below).
Although the mailing documents mention that the documentation “… is not a government approved or authorized document,” the packaging and presentation of the information could lead an unsuspecting business owner to conclude the forms must be submitted as a required state filing. While the law requires Annual Minutes, and it is a good idea to create Annual Minutes for a business, all business owners with corporations are better advised to seek the advice and input from their corporation attorney or legal advisor with respect to the preparation of Annual Minutes. The State of Michigan only requires one annual filing, which is normally sent to business owners in March of each year and is clearly marked as a State of Michigan form requiring that a check made payable to the State of Michigan accompany the filing.