Tax Advantages of S Corporations When Incorporating in Georgia

Atlanta CPA Explains the Tax Effects of Entity Selection

Among the different ways of incorporating your business — C corporations, S corporations, and Limited Liability Companies — there are practical reasons for choosing a given method, such as the number of shareholders or liability considerations. For many small businesses that are going to consider incorporating in Georgia, the tax advantage of the Georgia S corporation should not be overlooked.

“All too often we have watched Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta Business owners rush to incorporate not understanding that tax and operational implications of the varying entity types. Be sure you sit down with a CPA first before you look to get your business incorporated in Georgia.”
— John Dillard CPA, An Award Winning Metro Atlanta CPA

Tax Advantages of S Corporations

As a Georgia LLC, LLP, partnership or sole proprietorship, you are subject to the 15.3% Self Employment/FICA tax on all of your net earnings. The S corporation, on the other hand, pays you a deductible salary (which is subject to FICA), and then the profits flow through your personal return via a Schedule K-1. This K-1 income allows for permanent deferral of the FICA tax. The Georgia S corporation allows small business owners to legally save taxes as long as they pay a fair and reasonable salary to themselves.

“Choosing an entity for your Georgia business is perhaps the most important financial decision you will ever make affecting the way it operates financially, operationally and legally. Be sure you meet with a CPA who is well versed in entity selection issues before you incorporate your new Georgia business.”
— John Dillard CPA, President of His CPA PC

Please take a look at the following comparison. It shows the tax effects on a single year’s income for a Georgia LLC, LLP, partnership, or sole proprietor vs. a C corporation, and compares it to a subchapter S corporation. Due to the way Georgia C corporations are exposed to double taxation, the payments are spread out over two years, which is not the case for partnerships or S corporations.

LLC, LLP, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship C Corp. S Corp.
Income $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Expenses ($100,000) ($100,000) ($100,000)
Gross Profit $90,000 $90,000 $90,000
to Owner
        $0 ($50,000) ($50,000)
Taxable Income $90,000 $40,000 $40,000
Entity Tax         $0   $6,000         $0
First Year
FICA/SE (15.3%) $13,770   $7,650   $7,650
Federal & State Income Tax (25%) $22.500 $12.500 $12.500
Tax on K-1 Profits (25%)         $0         $0 $10,000
Total Tax $36,270   $20,150 * $30,150
Second Year
FICA/SE (15.3%)       $0 $5,202       $0
Federal & State Income Tax (25%)       $0 $8,500       $0
Total Tax       $0  $13,702 *       $0
2 Year Tax $36,270 $39,852 $30,150

Difference between LLC, LLP, Proprietorship and S Corporation
$36,270 – $30,150 = $6,120

* 1st year is tax on W-2, 2nd year is tax on $34,000
($40,000 prior year taxable, less $6,000 paid during the first year)

Please note this representation is only an example. It is being used for demonstration purposes; it does not take into consideration exemptions, deductions, fling status or any other significant tax matters. Your situation may not yield the same results. Please contact a tax professional before making any financial decisions.

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