If you are an entrepreneur or considering starting a small business, your 1st consideration will be which business entity is right for you to meet your primary objectives which is to make profits while saving in taxes. Let’s review a few facts to assess which business entity could be right for you and what your tax planner may recommend for tax savings, asset protection, and retirement benefits. Yes, it does matter which entity you choose because that business model directly determines how much money you can save in net taxation by between ten and 40 percent and how much you can invest in an equitable retirement.
Let’s look at the top business entity preferences and how they can possibly benefit your objectives.
Those who receive income via 1099 are independent contractors or freelancers who must pay self-employment taxes in addition to regular income while representing themselves as both employee and employer. You do not have to have any type of corporate entity to be self-employed. Ask your planner based on your income tax bracket if you qualify for any pass-through deductions.
A typical S Corp is a pass-through entity that has no legal responsibility to pay taxes on its corporate income while all profits flow through to the proprietors, therefore the owners pay income taxes on their personal returns.
C Corp (Most Large Corporate Entities)
Pretty much any company that has gone public, or plans to go public, will likely be a C corp. C corp, entities are taxed separately from the shareholders. If your company intends to go public then this may be the entity for you as there are no restrictions on ownership or limits to the number of shareholders you can procure. C Corps offer a lower tax rate but also leaves the potential for “double taxation” on the corporation’s profits and when shareholders distribute their dividends.
A Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be file as a partnership, S corporation, or even sole proprietor. An LLC is a pass-through entity that isn’t required to pay federal income taxes, so the owners will report profits and losses on their personal federal tax returns. Understand as well that many states charge an annual fee for the LLC designation. An LLC’s owner can elect to tax it as a pass-through entity a qualified business income deduction could apply. Discuss with your tax planner what would be the best way to set up the LLC to allow for the benefits the entity has to offer.
Your tax planner will know best based on your business objectives and profession what corporate entity would be in your best interest to initially incorporate to maximize your earnings and ensure a profitable retirement.
If you don’t have a tax professional at your leisure, I am definitely willing to speak to you regarding your objectives.
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