Shareholder Cannot Make S Corp. Separately Stated Item Election

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S corporation’s account for separately stated items that flow through to the shareholder’s tax returns. They are computed on page 3 of the Form 1120S and then listed separately on the Schedule K-1. The idea for breaking these items out separately is that they can impact the shareholder’s individual returns differently. That makes sense, but […]

Guaranteeing a Loan for Your S Corporation

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In Phillips v. Commissioner, No. 17-14439 (11th Cir. 2018), the court concluded that a judgment against the owner of an S corporation for guaranteeing the business debts does not increase the owners tax basis in the S corporation.  This is one area where a little advance planning can go a long way to avoiding a tax […]

Court Says Rent Income from S Corp Not Subject to Self-Employment Taxes

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In Martin v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 12 (2017), the court concluded that S corporation shareholders can avoid self-employment taxes by holding their farming operations in their S corporation. While the court case considered farming operations, its holding is not limited to farming operations. The case provides authority shareholders may cite in support of similar but […]

IRS Says Personal Expenses Paid by S Corp. Not Loan Repayments

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If a Subchapter S corporation pays its shareholders personal expenses, can the payments be for the repayment of loans not subject to employment instead of wages subject to employment taxes? This is a common issue that has to be addressed when preparing S corporation tax returns. The IRS addressed this in AOD 2017-04 disagreeing with […]

S Corporation Owner Who Didn’t Receive Distribution Subject to Tax

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Taxpayers who own an interest in an S corporation but who are not familiar with the tax rules are often surprised to learn that they have to pay tax on the business profits even if they do not receive distributions from the business. The court recently addressed this fundamental concept in Dalton v. Commissioner, T.C. […]

Subchapter S Corporation Losses Limited by Tax Basis

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One of the benefits of Subchapter S corporations is the ability to have losses flow through from the business’ tax return to the individual shareholder’s tax return. These flow-through losses are limited by the shareholder’s tax basis in the S corporation stock. The court recently addressed this limitation in Tinsley v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion […]

S Corporation Owner Subject to Self-Employment Tax

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Taxpayers often establish Subchapter S corporations to avoid Social Security and Medicare taxes on a portion of their earnings. This is a very common arrangement.  The Fleischer v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-238, court case provides an example of how the Subchapter S corporation must be structured to avoid these taxes. Facts & Procedural History In Fleisher, the […]