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A corporation is a business entity created by filing formation documents with the state, a process also known as incorporation.
Just like an LLC, a corporation is a legal entity that is separate from its owners, which can protect you from any business liabilities or debts. However, corporations offer other important benefits, like shareholders and the ability to seek outside investors.
Corporation benefits: What are the advantages?
Raise funds by appealing to investors who may prefer corporations for the ability to offer stock.
Attract and keep top talent by offering competitive benefits packages that include shares of your company.
Corporations are often seen as more credible, which can make it easier to do business with other companies.
S corporation and C corporation designations are both valid choices when incorporating a business—and whichever you choose, we can help make it happen. Before you make your decision, make sure you understand the pros and cons of each.
Shareholders only pay taxes on profits received. Income gets passed through to the owners instead of being taxed at the corporate and shareholder level, so you avoid double taxation.
The maximum number of shareholders is 100, and they all must be U.S. citizens or residents.
S corporation owners can only get common stock, which comes with voting rights.
Income is taxed twice—the business pays taxes on its net income, and then the shareholders also pay taxes on the profits they receive.
There are no limits on who and how many people can own shares.
Owners may get preferred stock, which usually comes with no voting rights but priority to dividends before common shareholders.
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