C Corporation



A C corporation is a type of business entity. Though the corporation may have many owners, it is nonetheless a single entity in the eyes of the law.

  • There are no prerequisites for a C corporation

Key Strengths

  • Virtually unlimited in the number and type of shareholders
  • Noncompensation fringe benefits are generally tax free to shareholder-employees
  • Owners generally not personally liable for acts of corporation
  • Management is centralized
  • Interests are freely transferable
  • Entity is unrestricted in sharing ownership, profits, and control
  • Life of entity continues indefinitely

Key Tradeoffs

  • Profits are taxed twice
  • Entity may be relatively difficult and expensive to form and maintain
  • Entity is heavily regulated
  • Shareholders cannot deduct losses
  • Shareholders are taxed on contribution of appreciated property if such shareholders control less than 80 percent of the stock after the contribution
  • Liquidation of the corporation is a taxable event

Variations from State to State

  • Though the C corporation is a creature of state law, all states follow some form of theRevised Model Business Corporation Act

How Is It Implemented?

  • Complete requirements to establish C status as prescribed by state law (e.g., elect officers and directors, file articles of incorporation, adopt bylaws)
  • Obtain an employer identification number (EIN) from IRS and state, if necessary
  • Follow state required formalities to maintain C status (e.g., hold annual meetings)
  • File appropriate tax returns

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