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ACCOUNTANT SPOTLIGHT: S Corp Payroll — What You Need to Know

ACCOUNTANT SPOTLIGHT: S Corp Payroll — What You Need to Know

Did you know that sixty-two percent of accountants take on processing S corp payrolls to make it easier for their clients?1 But for many CPA firms, it only makes your job more difficult. S corps enjoy limited liability and can elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions and credits through to their shareholders for federal tax purposes. Many organizations choose an S corp over an LLC for benefits like these: Pass-through taxation — Owners report their share of profit and loss on their individual tax returns Limited liability — Company directors, officers, shareholders and employees receive limited liability protection One-time annual tax filing requirement — C corps must file quarterly No double taxation — Income isn’t taxed twice as corporate and dividend income Investment opportunities — Companies can use the sale of stock shares to attract investors But S corps still face unique restrictions that don’t apply to other business entities — like evaluating and choosing a compensation structure that meets IRS standards. And that’s where clients and their...

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