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By Jason Watson ()
Posted November 23, 2018

Not everything that glitters is gold so there are a handful of downsides, some manageable, to the S Corp election or having an LLC. A lot of these examples stand alone, and some of these depend on the net income of the business and other external factors. The Watson CPA Group can help guide you through the decision-making process.

And No, there are not 185 reasons- it was just a self-proclaimed catchy number. Most of these reasons in the beginning of this chapter focus on S corporations. However, there are some general pains with having any type of formalized entity, and those are near the end.

Specifically, in this chapter we will review these disadvantages to having an S corporation-

  • Increased cost (tax preparation, payroll taxes)

  • SEP IRA limitations

  • Trapped assets

  • Disparate distributions

  •  Other W-2 income

  • State taxes

  • Among other smaller issues

Specific to S corporations, we ask these general questions of each business owner before diving into the nitty-gritty-

  • Does your business earn over $30,000 net income after expenses? Say Yes.

  • Are you located in New York City or Tennessee where S corporation tax rates are egregious and suck up all the Federal tax savings? New Hampshire? Say No.

  • Do you have other W-2 income that exceeds or comes close to exceeding the Social Security limits of $132,900 (2019)? Say No.. If you say Yes, we need business income to exceed $250,000 in #1 above.

  • Is this a going concern? In other words, is the business going to continue to earn the same income or more each year? Say Yes.

  • Do you have an LLC or some other entity in place that can be elected to be taxed as an S Corp? Say Yes. If you say No, we have options just not elegant ones.

Are you still here? Excellent news… then read on!

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