Learn More about an S Corporation below 

An S Corporation, commonly referred to as an "S Corp" is simply a corporation that has filed a document with the IRS to become a special type of corporation. The main difference deals with taxation issues, but additionally an S Corp only allows a specific amount of stock to be distributed and all holders must be residents of the United States. Shareholders rights are much simpler here and double-taxation that occurs with a C corporation’s income is eliminated.

Advantages of an S Corp:

  • An S corporation has a single level of taxation, where a C corporation is taxed on its earnings, and its shareholders pay a second tax when corporate earnings are distributed to them via dividends

  • Shareholders of an S corporation may deduct their share of the corporation’s net operating loss on their individual tax returns.

  • S corporations can be terminated at anytime and turned into a C Corp, LLC, or other entity

  • Owners can also minimize self-employment taxes as salaries are subject to self-employment taxes, but distributions are not

  • Interests in an S corporation can be freely transferred with less tax consequences than other business entities, and fewer accounting rules exist when ownership interest is transferred as well

Disadvantages of an S Corp:

  • Shareholder-employees of an S corporation are subject to stricter laws as they receive fewer tax-free fringe benefits

  • Tax rates may still be higher for individuals than at the corporate level that a C corporation would be taxed at

  • S corporations can terminate unintentionally as well, for example, if the number of shareholders exceeds the maximum permitted or if a nonqualified shareholder such as a corporation acquires stock

  • Impossible for a publicly traded company to be an S corporation

  • Owners sometimes will have to pay taxes on profit distributions they did not receive if the profit is reinvested back into the company


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