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The S Corporation. How It All Works!. Presented By: Mark Borel, CPA Mark Borel & Associates, Inc. What is an S Corporation?. The S corporation was formed by Congress, for use by small business owners, offering the best characteristics of both a C corporation and a partnership

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the s corporation

The S Corporation

How It All Works!

Presented By: Mark Borel, CPA

Mark Borel & Associates, Inc.

what is an s corporation
What is an S Corporation?

The S corporation was formed by Congress, for use by small business owners, offering the best characteristics of both a C corporation and a partnership

It has become the most popular business entity type in recent years

Numerous studies indicate lower overall taxes are paid when an S corporation is utilized.

common characteristics of s and c corps
Common Characteristicsof S and C Corps

Same liability protection

Separate legal entities

The owners are shareholders

 Long standing case law

 Easy transfer of ownership

 Broader range of deductible expenses

common characteristics of s corps and partnerships
Common Characteristicsof S Corps and Partnerships

Neither entity pays tax on net income

Both are “flow through” entities, so net income and loss is reported on the owners’ tax return

Losses can be claimed up to the investment in the entity

Losses can be claimed against ordinary income

Different income types “keep their character” as they flow down to the owner (i.e., interest income, L/T capital gains, etc.)

so how is an s corporation formed
So How is an S Corporation Formed?
  • C corporation is formed with the Secretary of State
  • File an “S election” with the IRS (Form 2553)

- Filing deadline is 75 days from the first day of the

proposed S year

- In recent years, the IRS has approved late filing of S

elections, but no later than the extended due date of the

tax return

when should an s corporation be used
When owners plan to work for the company

Well suited for a single owner, and when owners are family members, or when the shareholders happen to be a few friends or acquaintances, and/or

When the company has no plans to attract investors by “going public”, and/or

When >10% owners plan to offer services such as consulting, accounting, engineering, law, etc. to the general public; Used to avoid classification as a “personal service corporation” (PSC) and 35% flat tax on net income, and

When owners desire to remove most of the profits from the company

When Should an S Corporationbe Used?
but how does an s corp work
But How Does an S Corp Work?
  • The S corporation files a separate, annual tax return, but does not pay tax on reported net income (Form 1120S)
  • Instead, tax on the allocable net income (or loss) of the company is paid at the shareholder level
  • If a shareholder works for the company, IRS requires them to take a salary
how an s corp works cont
How an S Corp Works (cont.)
  • A shareholder who is also an employee, reports two types of income on Form 1040:

- Salary income as an employee (Form W2)

- Investment income as a shareholder (Form K1)

  • Similar to Form W2, the company issues Form K1 to each shareholder for completion of their individual tax return
  • There is no tax withholding on flow through income
  • These two types of income are not taxed the same
how an s corp works cont9
How an S Corp Works (cont.)

“Flow through” income reported on Form K1 is subject to only federal income tax:

  • The tax rate that applies depends on the type of flow through income
  • The most common type is classified as “ordinary”, meaning no special reduced tax rates apply, but losses can be applied against other income (up to your investment)
  • FIT is assessed using the individuals graduated tax rate schedule at rates of 10-35%, which is lower than C corp rates
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How an S Corp Works (cont.)

“Employment” related income reported on Form W2 is subject to both federal income tax and employment taxes:

  • Employment taxes are paid by both the company and the shareholder
  • Withholding rules apply to this type of income
  • FIT is assessed using the individuals graduated tax rate schedule at rates of 10-35%, which is lower than C corp rates
  • Payroll expenses are deducted by the Company
getting the money out
Getting The Money Out
  • Because income is taxed at the individual level rather than the company level, money can later be removed as a distribution to the owner with no further tax consequences.
  • A distribution is simply a check written to the owner with no withholding, and coded to the shareholders’ equity account.
  • This procedural difference allows the owner of an S corporation to easily remove money, and manage (within reason) employment taxes paid on executive salaries.
so how much salary should i take
So How Much Salary Should I Take?
  • The IRS advises paying yourself a “reasonable” salary for the services you provide – similar to what you could earn elsewhere
  • IRS guidance on this subject is minimal
  • This allows for some leeway on setting executive salaries
  • Paying no salary will greatly increase the odds of an audit occurrence, and an IRS levy of employment taxes, penalties and interest on all flow through income.
s corporation t ax advantages
S Corporation: Tax Advantages

No double taxation of distributions to shareholders

Income automatically flows to the shareholder level where tax rates are lower than corporate rates

“Flow-through” income is subject to ordinary income tax rates, but not employment taxes.

“Flow-through” income retains it’s characteristics, possibly qualifying for special tax rates at the shareholder level, i.e., 15% capital gain rate applied to long term capital gains

Income of the company is easily distributed to shareholders

s corporation disadvantages
S Corporation: Disadvantages
  • Special limitations may apply on deductibility of employee/fringe benefits for >2% shareholders
  • Nondisclosure (privacy) of shareholders cannot be achieved from the IRS
  • Greater audit potential than C corporation due primarily to shareholders/employees not taking a salary
thank you for attending
Thank You For Attending!

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by-side comparison of C Corporations vs. S


Presented by:

Mark Borel, CPA, President

Mark Borel & Associates, Inc.