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Subject:  Re: S corp vs LLC Date:  6/29/2006  4:13 PM
Author:  TMFPMarti Number:  87611 of 127513

I understand that there is some nuance between an S corp and a LLC with respect to how / if I can deduct self-employment taxes, though, but I don't fully understand that. Does anyone have a simple explanation for me ?

I have a simple explanation. For something really worth reading, wait for the people who really know this stuff.

1. A single-member LLC is taxed as a sole-proprietorship on Schedule C. A sole-proprietor's net income from Schedule C is subject to self-employment tax. A sole proprietor gets an adjustment, a/k/a deduction, for half the self-employment tax.

2. An S-Corp pays its employees, including shareholders who work there, wages which are subject to payroll taxes. The corporation deducts the payroll taxes it pays. Employees deduct nothing.

After an S-Corp shareholder has taken a "reasonable" salary, the rest of the profit flows to his Schedule E, where it is not subject to self-employment tax.

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