As we have discussed in earlier posts (see our post on C-Corps), choosing the legal structure that is best for your client’s new business is an important, and sometimes difficult, decision. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of an S-Corp and why it might be the most beneficial business structure for your client’s business.

An S-Corp starts out as a corporation and is the status adopted after the corporation is formed. The S-Corp is filed with IRS.

PROS of forming an S-Corp:

  • Income is ‘passed thru’ to shareholders for tax purposes
    • Profits and losses are added to shareholders personal tax returns, meaning taxes are only paid on profits once
    • Easy to revert back to C-Corp
    • No federal income tax
    • Provides limited personal liability

CONS of forming an S-Corp:

  • Requires the corporate formalities of a C-Corp
  • Limited to one class of stock:
    • Can be unattractive to potential investors
  • Limited to 100 domestic stockholders
    • Stockholders must be individuals (minus a few exceptions)
  • Cannot deduct many expenses, such as:
    • Health insurance
      • Must either report the benefits as taxable compensation to the employees or forfeit the fringe benefit deduction available to the company
    • Travel

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