C Corporation

C Corps face double taxation since profits are taxed at the corporate level, and dividends are taxed again when distributed to shareholders. However, C Corps can take advantage of various deductions and credits.

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Incorporating as a C Corporation requires careful consideration and adherence to certain steps. Startup Tandem can guide you through the process, ensuring you meet all legal requirements:

  1. Choose a business name and ensure its availability through a name search.
  2. Select a Board of Directors to oversee company activities and represent shareholders.
  3. File Articles of Incorporation with the state to formally register the business.

  4. Obtain an Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS for tax purposes.
  5. Draft bylaws to establish operating rules for the business.
  1. Conduct the first Board of Directors meeting, addressing essential startup matters.
  2. Open a corporate bank account for financial transactions.
  3. Obtain required business licenses and permits to operate legally.

  4. Submit an initial report if mandated by your state.

  5. Issue stock to each shareholder, complying with all securities laws.

Benefits of Forming a C Corporation with Startup Tandem

When it comes to launching your startup, choosing the right business structure is paramount. Among the various options available, a C Corporation, also known as a general for-profit corporation, stands out for several compelling reasons.

Limited Liability Protection
A C Corporation offers a crucial advantage in terms of liability protection. As a separate legal entity from its owners, shareholders’ personal liability is limited to the amount they have individually invested in the company. This means that in the event of business debts or legal issues, personal assets of shareholders are generally protected.
Tax Flexibility
While some may hesitate due to concerns about “double taxation,” the C Corporation structure provides tax flexibility that can benefit your business. By default, a C Corporation is a tax-paying entity, paying taxes on its profits. Additionally, individual shareholders pay taxes on the dividend income they receive from the business. However, there are ways to mitigate double taxation. For example, business owners can pay themselves a bonus, deductible for the business, at the end of the year, reducing the overall tax burden.

Alternatively, a corporation can elect to be treated as an S Corporation for tax purposes. As an S Corp, profits and losses flow directly to shareholders’ personal income tax returns, avoiding double taxation. This election opens up tax advantages while maintaining the benefits of a C Corporation.

Growth Potential
C Corporations offer immense growth potential for startups. They can raise capital by borrowing money and selling equity, providing greater financial flexibility. Unlike some other business structures, there are no restrictions on the number of owners (shareholders) a C Corp can have, making it attractive for investors seeking diverse ownership opportunities. Moreover, ownership can be easily transferred through the sale or distribution of stock certificates. With perpetual existence, a C Corp can continue beyond the life of its owners unless dissolved.
Having “Inc.” or “Corp.” after your company name lends a sense of professionalism and credibility. Vendors, customers, and investors often perceive C Corporations as more legitimate and trustworthy, increasing your chances of attracting funding and establishing valuable partnerships.
Maintaining compliance is crucial for C Corporations, and while it involves more formalities, the benefits outweigh the effort. Regular board meetings, shareholder meetings, and proper record-keeping are essential for a C Corporation’s ongoing success.

While incorporating and compliance may seem daunting, Startup Tandem can handle the legal paperwork, saving you time and money.

Don’t let legal complexities hinder your entrepreneurial dreams.


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