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Can I Save Employment Taxes If I Form An S Corporation Rather Than An LLC? | Startup Law Blog
I am frequently asked this question by founders--is there a potential for employment tax savings if an S corporation is the choice of entity rather than a limited liability company? The short answer is yes--there is a potential for employment tax savings. The reason for this is because with an S corporation employment taxes only apply to the salaries paid to the owners, not to dividends. With a limited liability company, an owner must pay self employment taxes on the owner's entire distributive share of self employment income. Self employment taxes are 15.3% of self employment income up to the FICA wage base limit, and then 2.9% of self employment income beyond the FICA wage base limit. You may also find these articles helpful: Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal. The catch? S corporations must pay their owners a reasonable salary. This is a hot button issue for the IRS. The corporation itself must also pay federal unemployment tax on salaries. The upside? Potentially