Business Startup Tips - LLC vs S Corp: Which is better to minimize tax?
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All businesses are taxed on their net profit (or loss) which is computed by taking sales less allowable deductible expenses. An LLC's tax is paid on the owner's individual tax return based on percentage of ownership in the company. If you are a 50% owner of an LLC, with $120,000 of net profit, you pay tax on 50% of that net profit($60,000) on your personal tax return.
An S Corporation pays a reasonable salary to the working owner of a business. Then any remaining profit or loss (after subtracting the salary to the owner as a deductible expense) flows through to the owner's personal tax return. Say you are a working 50% owner of a profitable business and you are paid $50,000 in salary. The corporation has $20,000 of net profit of which you are entitled to 50%; therefore, on your personal tax return you would pay tax on the salary of $50,000 plus $10,000 profit which equals $60,000 in total taxable business income.
Something else to consider is that if you start with an LLC entity the tax law allows you to switch tax free to an S Corporation once you are an LLC. But, you can not do the reverse. Once you are an S Corporation, you can not switch to an LLC.
There are always other tax, legal and financial considerations that should be taken into account when making such an important decision.
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