Video blog: Should a writer form a corporation?

February 11th, 2013 → 8:26 am @

Here’s a short video clip of me, Carol Topp, CPA, giving a presentation to a writers group.

I’m helping writers understand which business structure is best for them.
Should a writer form a corporation, be a sole proprietor, or consider LLC status?


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Carol Topp, CPA

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2 Comments → “Video blog: Should a writer form a corporation?”

  1. Melisha Childs

    11 years ago

    I did the same thing as the lady you mentioned in the video but it wasn’t for IRS purposes but in case I have legal issues. I have one self-published book but I would like to publish more and within 5 years I want to incorporate a self-publishing consulting aspect of my business. In the event that I should become successful within a few years, would you suggest that I switch over to an s-corp? Is this the one that is subject to double taxation? If so, how would the double taxation apply to me as a writer and consultant?

  2. Carol

    11 years ago

    An S corporation is not subject to double taxation. You’re thinking of C corporations that distribute dividends. The corporation is taxed and then the shareholders pay tax again on the dividends they receive.

    S corporation status is a possible option for when your business grows to publish other writers and those authors bring in income. But if all the income is done by you (self-publishing your own books and consulting), then S corporation status will probably not bring any tax benefits over being a sole proprietorship. The reason is that an S corporation needs pay the owner a salary for the work they personally perform.

    I cover the pros and cons of S corporation status in my book Business Tips and Taxes for Writers.

    Carol Topp, CPA