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C-Corporations, or simply C-Corps, are a versatile and widely used business entity structure known for their unique advantages and characteristics.

A C-Corporation, or C-Corp, is a legal business entity that is separate from its owners or shareholders. It is formed by filing articles of incorporation with the state and is subject to specific laws and regulations. The key characteristics of C-Corporations include:

Benefits of Forming a C-Corporation

  1. Limited Liability Protection: Shareholders are generally not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the corporation. Their liability is limited to their investment in the company.

  2. Separate Legal Entity: A C-Corp is treated as a separate legal entity from its owners, which means it can own property, enter into contracts, and engage in legal transactions in its own name.

  3. Perpetual Existence: The life of a C-Corp is not tied to the lifespan of its shareholders. It can exist indefinitely, even if there are changes in ownership or management.

  4. Ownership through Stock: C-Corporations issue shares of stock, which represent ownership interests. Shareholders can buy, sell, or transfer their shares, allowing for easy ownership changes and potential investment opportunities.

  5. Board of Directors: C-Corporations are managed by a board of directors elected by the shareholders. The directors oversee the major decisions and operations of the corporation.

  6. Taxation: C-Corporations are subject to double taxation. They pay corporate income tax on their profits, and if dividends are distributed to shareholders, those dividends are taxed again on the individual level.

  7. Access to Capital: C-Corporations have the advantage of being able to raise capital by issuing and selling stock to investors, making them an attractive choice for businesses seeking significant investment and growth opportunities.

  8. Regulatory Compliance: C-Corporations must comply with various legal and regulatory requirements, such as filing annual reports, maintaining proper corporate records, and holding regular shareholder and board of director meetings.

It's important to note that while C-Corporations offer limited liability protection and potential growth opportunities, they also involve more complex legal and financial obligations compared to other business entities. Consulting with a knowledgeable C- Corporation attorney is advisable when considering the formation of a C-Corporation.

What Are the Differences Between a C-Corporation and an S-Corporation?

Choosing between a C-Corporation and an S-Corporation requires careful consideration. A business planning lawyer in Fairfield County can provide guidance tailored to the specific needs and goals of your business. Here are the primary differences between them:


C-Corporations (C-Corps) and S-Corporations (S-Corps) differ significantly in their taxation structures. C-Corps can face double taxation, where the corporation itself is taxed on its profits, and shareholders are taxed again on any dividends received. This can lead to a higher overall tax burden for C-Corps. On the other hand, S-Corps are pass-through entities, meaning that profits and losses are passed directly to shareholders, who report them on their personal tax returns. This avoids double taxation and can result in lower overall taxes for shareholders.

Ownership Restrictions

C-Corporations have no restrictions on the number or type of shareholders, allowing for a wide range of ownership structures, including foreign ownership and ownership by other entities such as trusts or other corporations. In contrast, S-Corporations are subject to strict ownership restrictions. They can have no more than 100 shareholders, all of whom must be U.S. citizens.

Our C-Corporation Attorneys

Our C-Corporation lawyers can help you navigate the complexities of corporate law. From mergers and acquisitions to securities law compliance, we have the experience and expertise to provide comprehensive legal services for your business. We can assist with issues such as corporate structure and formation, contract negotiation and drafting, and regulatory compliance.

At Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing excellent legal services to our clients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our corporate law attorneys.

Reach out to our CT C-Corporation legal team today for assistance. Call us at (203) 902-4882 or contact one of our attorneys at Chipman Mazzucco Emerson to schedule a consultation.

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