Assignment 1: What Business Entity Works Best?
Due Week 8 and worth 295 points
For Assignment 1, you will conduct research on https://www.irs.gov, consult your textbook, and refer to other similar, reputable resources on taxation. Your goal is to compare the three major forms of corporate organizations: partnerships, s-corporations, and corporations. You will then select a domestic organization, identify its entity type, and describe how the organization’s tax methods are detailed in its financial report.
To complete Assignment 1, write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you do the following:
- Compare and contrast the tax rules and treatment applicable to those three forms of organization and the major way in which the tax treatment affects the shareholders or partners.
- Explain at least two reasons why a business owner might opt for one form of organization over another. Provide support for your rationale.
- Identify two sources of tax guidance (e.g. IRS code, Revenue Procedure) for each form of organization and how it defines a component of the tax policy for that form of organization.
- Research an organization by identifying its entity type (corporation, s-corporation, or partnership) and describe how that organization’s tax methods are detailed in their financial reports.
- Use at least three quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the source list are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Analyze the concepts and tax treatment related to corporations, S corporations, exempt organizations, and partnerships.
- Examine the accounting concepts related to income taxes.
- Analyze the concepts of corporate formation, reorganization, earnings and profits distributions, and liquidations.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.
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