How much can you save by starting an S-Corp?

If you have an LLC or a normal corporation, the IRS allows you to elect what they call "Subchapter S" taxation.

When you elect S-corp taxation, you agree to abide by a few rules: one class of stock, only individual owners, etc.

In exchange, you get to decide on a reasonable salary for owners, which lets you decide how much you want to pay for Medicare and Social Security.

Normally, you would pay the Self-Employment taxes (both employee and employer sides of Medicare and Social Security taxes) on all of your income, 15.4% up to $118,500 and 2.9% thereafter.

With an S-corp, however, you only pay Self-Employment taxes on your salary.

But how much is that?

Use the sliders below to calculate how much less you would pay by electing S-corp taxation. Net Income is how much your business makes after business-related expenses. Salary is the portion of your net income you'll pay yourself as a reasonable salary.

Self-Employment Taxes Due

Sole Prop
Money Saved with S-corp

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