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Chapter 11 Corporate Income Tax. Income Tax Fundamentals 2013 Student Slides Gerald E. Whittenburg Martha Altus- Buller Steven Gill. Corporate Tax Rates. Corporate rates are progressive Marginal rates are from 15% to 39%, depending on taxable income There are eight brackets

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chapter 11 corporate income tax

Chapter 11Corporate Income Tax

Income Tax Fundamentals 2013

Student Slides

Gerald E. Whittenburg

Martha Altus-Buller

Steven Gill

2013 Cengage Learning

corporate tax rates
Corporate Tax Rates
  • Corporate rates are progressive
    • Marginal rates are from 15% to 39%, depending on taxable income
    • There are eight brackets
    • There are a number of ‘tax bubbles’ – these occur when tax rate schedules recapture savings from prior brackets
  • For corporations with large income (more than $18.33 million) the rate is a flat 35%
  • Qualified personal service corps taxed at flat 35%
    • Architects, CPAs, consultants, etc.

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corporate capital gains
Corporate Capital Gains
  • A corporation can choose from two alternative tax treatments on capital gains
    • Taxed at ordinary rates


    • Elect to pay an alternative tax (35%) on net long-term capital gain (LTCG)
  • Essentially equivalent to maximum regular corporate tax (no tax benefit to LTCG)
  • Bottom line: there is no difference in tax on ordinary vs. capital income

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dividends received deduction
Dividends Received Deduction
  • Corporations are allowed a deduction for a percentage of the dividends received from other corporations
    • Attempt to alleviate triple taxation
  • Dividends received deduction is allowed based upon ownership
  • Percentage Ownership Dividends Received % Deduction < 20% 70%
  • 20% or more, less than 80% 80%
  • > 80% 100%
    • Dividends received deduction is limited by %
    • of corporate taxable income shown above
    • (calculated before certain deductions)

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charitable contributions
Charitable Contributions
  • Corporations are allowed a deduction for charitable contributions
    • Cash basis taxpayers can deduct when paid
    • Accrual basis taxpayers have until the 15th day of the third month following year-end to contribute, as long as pledge is made by year-end
  • Charitable contributions limited to 10% of taxable income*
    • Carry forward unused deduction for five years

*Calculated before any loss carry backs, net operating

losses (NOLs) or the dividend received deduction

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reconciliation of income loss per books with income per return
Reconciliation of Income (Loss) per Books with Income Per Return
  • Schedule M-1 of Form 1120 reconciles accounting (book) income to taxable income
  • Amounts added to book income (left column)
    • Federal tax expense
    • Capital losses
    • Income recorded on tax return but not on books
    • Expenses recorded on books but not on tax return
  • Amounts deducted from book income (right column)
    • Income recorded on books but not on tax return
    • Expenses recorded on tax return but not on books

See Schedule M-1 on page 11-7

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s corporations
S Corporations
  • Certain qualified small business corporations may elect to be taxed in a manner similar to partnerships
  • Qualified small business corporation may elect S Corporation status if several criteria apply
    • Operates as a domestic corporation
    • Has 100 or fewer shareholders
      • Shareholders may not be corporations or partnerships
    • Has only one class of stock
    • Has only shareholders that are U.S. citizens or resident aliens

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s corporation pass through items
S Corporation Pass Through Items
  • Many items retain tax character when passing through to the S Corporation’s shareholders on individual K-1
  • Examples of such items include
    • Capital gains/losses
    • §1231 gains/losses
    • Dividend Income
    • Charitable contributions
    • Tax-exempt interest
    • Most credits

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shareholder basis in stock
Shareholder Basis in Stock
  • A shareholder’s initial basis in his/her stock is calculated as follows

Basis of property transferred

Less Boot received*

Plus Gain recognized

Less Liabilities transferred

Equals Basis in stock

  • The corporation has a carry-over basis in the property contributed equal to the basis in the hands of the shareholder, increased by any gain recognized by shareholder on the transfer

*Boot is any property other than stock

Note: generally, corporate assumption of shareholder liabilities that are attached to property are not considered boot received

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accumulated earnings tax aet
Accumulated Earnings Tax (AET)
  • Penalty tax designed to prevent a corporation from avoiding tax by retaining earnings
  • 15% AET imposed on “unreasonable” accumulation of earnings; this is in addition to corporate income tax
    • Corporation may accumulate up to $250,000 a year that is exempt from AET tax or $150,000 for a service corporation
    • May accumulate more if can prove a valid business purpose

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