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Don’t be Stung by the S Corp “Sting Tax”


One of the most interesting but sometimes unknown laws that the Massachusetts legislature passed over the last few decades has to do with the treatment of “larger” S Corps similarly to C Corps in terms of tax rates. The law adds an additional tax that, if you are subject to it, is referred to as a “sting tax”.

As many of you are aware, the Feds now tax C Corps at a flat 21% rate but S Corps still may be taxed at the individual owners’ rate less a potential 20% deduction of the income (199a deduction). In Massachusetts for 2019, C Corps pay a tax at 8.0% of the taxable income in Mass. Due to the fact that S Corps flow through their income to their owners, and rates for individuals are now 5.05% in 2019, this amounts to a large 3% difference between these two rates.

As a result, Massachusetts has a rule that says if your S Corp’s GROSS revenue is more than $6,000,000 but less than $9 million, an additional tax of 1.93 % applies to the S Corp income and the entity must pay an additional tax. And if the S Corps’ gross revenue is more than $9 million, the sting tax is 2.9%.

We recommend that as your S Corp’s top line grows, you work with us at KN+S to determine the additional taxes you may owe in the state. It must be monitored so we don’t have any surprises.  And another word of caution, if you are an S Corp and selling your Company in an ASSET type of tax transaction, this could tip you into paying an additional state tax amount on the sale’s gain as well.  

Jeff Solomon, C.P.A., C.V.A., Managing Shareholder at Katz, Nannis + Solomon, P.C. If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our tax professionals, please contact our office at 781-453-8700.

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