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Hi, I filed corporation papers in Michigan in Nov. 2007 and

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Hi, I filed corporation papers in Michigan in Nov. 2007 and also received an EIN number. I have filed state reports for the corp each year and Michigan has it listed as active. I never filed income tax forms because I never earned any income, nor generated any business through it; it basically is a "shelf corporation". I now am wanting to use it to establish business credit (my own credit is in the toilet). How do I find out if I owe any tax liability or if there are any liens on the corp (possibly due to my own poor credit and the address being the same)? I don't really want to contact the IRS directly and awaken that sleeping giant.

Thank you for your question. I am happy to assist you.

I am a lawyer with 25 years experience. While I am permitted to provide you with legal information, I am prohibited by and various state bar associations from giving legal advice, representing you or entering into an attorney-client relationship through this open and nonconfidential forum.

Provided that your corporation did not conduct business and did not earn money, no Federal income taxes would have become payable.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Your answer is good but only part of the information; I need to know if there could be any liens on the corporation because of my own poor credit;

How can I find out this information?

It does not appear possible for there to be a lien on the corporation because of your credit.

A creditor must first file suit and obtain a judgment against you in order for there to be a lien for an unpaid debt. The creditor would then need to file the lien against the shares that you own in the corporation.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I'm somewhat concerned because we relocated and may not have received any notice of any suits or liens. Is there a way to look for any legal issues or liens?
You could pull your own credit report to see if any judgments have been issued against you.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Pulling a full credit report will take too long. Can I contact the county records office; would liens be listed there?
Yes. Liens would be recorded at the County records office
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