Formed Single Member LLC. What are pros and cons of filing form 8832 to be taxed as a Corporation?


I recently formed an LLC for my software side business. The income generated is between 5-10k a year. I have also filed and receivied a Federal EIN.

I think I intend to take money out or "pay myself" at the end of the year (Dec 31). What are the pros and cons are filing form 8832 to be taxed as a Corporation?


asked Apr 14 '11 at 23:36
Robby Pond
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@Robby Pond, in the situation you describe there are really no advantages for your small business to be a "corporation".

A single owner LLC can file as a sole proprietor on Schedule C of your Individual Tax Return.

More than one owner/partner file a Partnership.

You always have a one-time option to convert to a corporation in the future when you are seeking outside investment.

answered May 20 '11 at 00:46
Joseph Barisonzi
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  • Not true - there are advantages. For example if the net income from an entity is above a reasonable wage, an S corp owner can save money on self-employment over an LLC member. for example. Unless you mean that the treatment advantages are the same - in that case I don't know. I took your statement to mean that LLC vs Corp has no advantages/disadvantages – Tim J 13 years ago
  • Thank you for the additional comment @Tim. I was looking at the situation that is described above. This is @Robby's part time job and side income of $5-10K/year. Yes, there are a host of taxing, child support, or student financial aid implications. With the information that has been provided by the person asking the question -- there will be no advantage of making that conversion in this tax year unless he is making the jump, going full-time and securing external investors. Thanks for watching so close @Tim and raising the bar! – Joseph Barisonzi 13 years ago


Taxation as a corporation will make your company subject to double taxation. So you pay income tax on the corporate entity, and then again when you move the money either through payroll or payout in dividends.

For a partnership or sole proprietor entity which is the default your taxation runs right through your income and gets taxed at that rate.

In both cases the expenses can be removed from the taxes though it is easier to track defered expenses in corporate entities then partnership versions (as in expenses that you have accrued but did not have sales to offset to get the tax sheild).

Since you already have income meansing sales above expenses then the simplicity of the tax problem is over stated and the default state will likely be your easiest solution.

answered May 19 '11 at 05:26
John Bogrand
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NO BENEFIT to being taxed as a corporation. Now, the income from the LLC passes straight to you, without being taxed at the LLC level. No reason to change that.

answered May 21 '11 at 21:46
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