When Edwards ran for President it became known he saved a lot on taxes via his S Corporation. Most US citizens had no idea this could be achieved. In fact, they had no idea what an S Corporation was.
S Corporations are usual C Corporations who vote allowing eligible corporations to steer clear of corporation level tax in order to hand taxes like deductions, income, etc. to S Corporation shareholders. S Corporations may have specific kinds of shareholders but not manifold categories of stock. This makes S Corporations fairly less adaptable than taxable C Corporations. Due to an amalgamation of limited liability protection and crossing of tax items preventing a unit level tax, S Corporations grew in popularity. S Corporations were more easily accessible during the Bush period because modifications made it easy for specific banks to utilize.
From 2003 to 2004, 68% returns of S Corps inaccurately reported at least a single item and were inclined to inaccurately report in favor of the S Corp / shareholder for 80% of the time (stats from GAO report). It results in inaccurate gross sales, distributions, net income and basis. Some regard private expenditures of shareholders deductible when estimating net income and not verified. Shareholders wrongly exercise prohibited losses when there’s no foundation to absorb a shareholder’s loss. Shareholder compensation is subject to payroll taxes but is underreported as was seen in the Edwards S Corp). The less S Corp shareholders there are, the higher the chance of errors.
The IRS has begun modifying return preparer compliance as well as the statute. It is also noted reasonable wage compensation needs clarifying. It stops the IRS from acting and therefore should be attended to in the regulations. The GAO report touches on legislative (e.g. making net business earnings employment taxable) and administrative (improving taxpayers understanding and direction for examiners) options.