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What situations would result in double taxation for shareholders of an S Corp?

One of the large tax advantages that an S corporation will have is that it is not subject to double taxation similar to the manner that C corporations will be taxed (both the entity level and the shareholder level). There are three specific exceptions that you should be aware of in which S corporations will be taxed at the entity level in addition to the shareholder level: Built-in gains, LIFO recapture, and tax on passive investment income.


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