San Jose S corporation tax attorney, tax filing guidelines, 

S corporations, federal income tax, California taxIf you are setting up a new business or restructuring an existing one, you might consider electing to be taxed as an S Corporation, which means you are electing to have your entity taxed under Subchapter S of the federal tax code. Such entities will also be considered as an S corporation for California tax purposes.

Provided that the business qualifies, it may be beneficial from a tax perspective for an entity to be considered an S corporation as the business will be able to avoid federal double taxation because there is no corporate federal income tax on the profits of the company. All profits and losses are passed on to the entity’s shareholders.

Structure of an S Corporation

An S corporation must meet certain requirements and has certain benefits, including:

S Corporation Tax Features

While federal income tax is not assessed against S corporations, it is subject to a 1.5 percent tax on its net income under California law. Also, under California law, S corporations are required to pay annually a $800 minimum franchise tax, which is allowed as an offset against income tax.

The shareholders of the S corporation, individually, must report their pro rata share of the entity’s income, deductions, and credit, as detailed on the Schedule K-1 (“Member’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc.”), which must be provided by the S corporation.

Filing Guidelines for S Corporations

An S corporation must file Form 100S (“California S Corporation Franchise or Income Tax Return”) if the entity is:

The return due date for Form 100S is the fifteenth day of the third month following the close of the taxable year. In addition, to calculate income subject to tax in California, S corporations that conduct business in or receive income out of California will use Schedule R.

A California S Corporation Tax Lawyer Can Answer Your Questions

If you are trying to determine how setting your business up as an S corporation would affect your bottom line and tax strategy, an attorney can help. Setting up the proper tax structure for your business is critical to its success.

The accomplished San Jose S corporation tax attorney at John D. Teter Law Offices can be reached at 408-866-1810. Our firm has helped many clients utilize the law for a business’ benefit. Call us today to set up your first appointment.