Welcome to the world of self-employment, where the thrill of being your own boss is often tempered by the reality of managing your own finances and taxes. Today, we’re going to dive into the world of S-Corps and how they can be a game-changer for self-employed folks like you.
My friend Joe Matz from Formations Corp recently joined me for a conversation about the financial benefits, tax savings, and growth opportunities that come with an S-Corp election. We also debunked a few TikTok tax myths and unpacked other savvy tax moves every solopreneur should make to ensure their business is protected and profitable.
Be sure to watch the full interview, but you can also skim the main takeaways below:
The Incorporation Imperative:
Stepping into self-employment means you need to think about incorporating your business in your home state. Why? Because incorporation creates a legal barrier between your personal and business finances, protecting your personal assets from potential lawsuits. Plus, having an LLC or a similar structure adds a layer of credibility to your business, making you more attractive to potential clients.
The S Corp Tax Advantage:
Here’s a fun fact: an S-Corp isn’t a separate business structure. It’s a tax election that you can apply to an LLC or another entity. Just wanted to clear that up real quick.
The main magic of the S-Corp status lies in its ability to lower your self-employment tax. When you are a sole-proprietorship or a regular ol’ LLC that does not have an S-election, you have to pay a 15.3% Social Security and Medicare tax on ALL self-employment income. But when you are an S-Corporation, you can treat yourself as both the employer and the employee and pay yourself a salary.
Your salary is subject to Medicare and Social Security taxes, but the rest of your profits can be distributed to you tax free. Well… kinda. You’ll still have to pay income tax on your distributions, but you still save a significant chunk of change. If you net over $60,000 in self-employment income, you can stand to save over $7K in taxes that you’d otherwise have to pay if you were not an S-Corp.
But wait, there’s more!
Double-Dipping into Tax Savings:
One of the perks of being an S-Corp is the ability to tap into corporate tax benefits usually reserved for big corporations. As an S-Corp, you can contribute to a 401(k) retirement plan and match your own contributions as both the employer and the employee. This strategy lets you boost your retirement savings while shrinking your taxable income.
Family Perks and Healthcare Bonuses:
S-Corps also unlock opportunities for family benefits. You can hire family members, like your spouse or kids, and offer them benefits such as retirement plan contributions. This strategy not only helps secure their future, but also trims your overall taxable income. Plus, S-Corps can access superior healthcare options, often at group rates, leading to more savings for you and your loved ones.
Dodging Audits and Staying Compliant:
Did you know that operating as an S-Corp could lower your chances of an IRS audit? That’s because S-Corps follow the same tax rules as large corporations, making them less likely to be audit targets compared to sole proprietors. But remember, it’s vital to keep accurate books, ensure reasonable compensation, and consult with experts to stay compliant and avoid any hiccups.
Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution:
While S-Corps offer significant benefits, they’re not the right fit for everyone. Some states have specific regulations or licensing requirements that prevent certain industries from choosing S-Corp status. So, it’s crucial to do your homework and consult with experts to see if this option suits your specific situation.
Expert Help at Your Fingertips:
The world of tax laws and S-Corp incorporation can be a maze. That’s where pros like Joe Matz and his team at Formations come in. They’re experts in bookkeeping and tax management for self-employed individuals, guiding them through the incorporation process and maximizing tax-saving opportunities. If you’re curious about S Corp benefits and need expert help, consider setting up a meeting with Joe and his team to discuss your business needs. And if you sign up with the link below, you can unlock even more savings on bookkeeping services!
Grasping the benefits of S-Corps for self-employed individuals is key to unlocking your financial potential and easing your tax burdens. The ability to lower self-employment tax, tap into corporate tax benefits, and provide family benefits make S-Corps a compelling choice for many. However, it’s crucial to consult with professionals and ensure compliance with regulations to fully enjoy these benefits. By taking these steps, you can steer your business towards success and financial stability. Remember, the world of self-employment is challenging, but with the right tools and knowledge, you can make it work for you.
Use the link below to book a free consultation with the Formations team to see if an S-Corp election is a good choice for you. And if you decide to sign up with Formations after your call, you’ll get 2 months of service for free AND 10% off your monthly subscription!