How to Sell your S Corporation?


If you’re an S corporation owner, you’ve probably considered whether it’s time to sell the company. Selling your business can be a big deal, but it can also bring peace of mind and financial security. If you understand how the process works and what to expect, selling your business is easier than you might think.

Make sure your company is structured as an S-corporation.

Before you can sell your company, it is important to make sure that your company is structured as an S-corporation. It is also important to know the benefits and disadvantages of this structure.

As an S-corporation, the shareholders are taxed on their share of profit at the individual level, while they pay tax at the corporate rate on all other income (such as dividends). This dual taxation means that S corporations usually have lower federal taxes than C corporations or partnerships. This is because there are fewer deductions allowed for businesses under this structure compared to other types of entities. Therefore, a shareholder who owns both types of businesses will likely see his or her overall tax bill decrease after switching from a partnership or sole proprietorship into an S corporation.

Setting up an S corporation isn’t too difficult; however, you do need assistance from legal counsel if you don’t have experience in setting up companies beforehand (for example LLCs).

Know which income and tax laws apply to an S-corp.

  • You will be taxed at the corporate level.
  • S-corporations are not subject to double taxation, meaning that you only pay taxes once on your income.
  • You can issue stock and pay dividends to your shareholders.
  • There is no limit to the number of shareholders an S-corporation can have.

What are the consequences of selling an S-corp?

When you sell an S-corp, there are several factors to consider. First, there are taxes that need to be paid on the sale of the corporation. The IRS will take its share in the form of self-employment tax, which also includes Social Security and Medicare taxes for yourself as well as your employees (if any). This means that when you sell your business, you may have to pay up to 15.3% in self-employment taxes on top of what you would normally pay if it was a C corporation or partnership.

Next, let’s talk about withdrawals from the corporation. If your business is profitable and has made some money since its inception, there may be some profits available for you and/or your shareholders upon sale. These profits can either go back into another business or be distributed among shareholders as dividends; however, if they are spent they’re considered taxable income! If this happens before age 59 ½ then penalties will apply so make sure it doesn’t happen too early by planning ahead now! Last but certainly not least: Dividends paid out after selling an S-corp do NOT qualify for reduced rates under Section 1244 like other capital gains do! So make sure everything looks good before taking part in any major transactions like these ones.

What happens to an S-corporation when it’s sold?

When an S corporation (or any other type of corporation) is sold, the buyer may:

  • buy the entire business entity and all its assets and liabilities
  • buy only some of the assets and liabilities, and leave others behind
  • buy all or part of the stock in the corporation

Understand the requirements for filing taxes on your sales earnings.

An S corporation is a type of corporation that has certain tax advantages. Unlike C corporations, which are taxed at the corporate level, S corporations are not taxed at the corporate level. Instead, all profits and losses pass through to shareholders so that each shareholder pays income taxes on his or her share of earnings depending on what percentage of shareholder money was used to fund the company’s business activities and how much was passed through from one individual owner to another.

To begin with, it’s important to understand the difference between an S-corporation and a C-corporation: Whereas C corporations are taxed at the corporate level (meaning they have a separate tax liability), S corporations do not pay federal taxes separately from their owners; instead, all profits and losses pass through directly onto shareholders who then report these amounts on their personal income tax returns (or 1040s).

You can sell your S corporation if you understand how to structure the deal and file your taxes properly.

If you’re thinking of selling your S corporation, it can be a good decision for your business. But if you want to know how to sell an S corporation, there are some things to consider.

The first thing is understanding the tax laws that apply to S-corporations and structuring the deal in a way that will maximize earnings while minimizing taxes on both sides of the sale. After that comes filing taxes properly at year-end and preparing for annual filings with the state or IRS (or both).


Don’t be afraid to sell your S corporation. You can do it, and you’ll find that the process is simpler than you might expect. Just make sure to structure your business properly from the beginning, and everything will go smoothly.

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