LO.1,4 Benton Company (BC) has one owner, who is in the 35% Federal income tax
bracket. BC’s gross income is $320,000, and its ordinary trade or business deductions
are $175,000. Compute the tax
liability on BC’s income for 2009 under the following assumptions: a. BC is operated as a proprietorship, and the owner withdraws $90,000 for personal use. b. BC is operated as a corporation, pays out $90,000 as salary, and pays no dividends
to its shareholder. c. BC is operated as a corporation, pays out no salary or dividends to its shareholder. d. BC is operated as a corporation, pays out $90,000 as salary to its shareholder, and pays out the remainder of its earnings as dividends. e. Assume Robert Benton ofXXXXX Ironton, OH 45638 is the owner of BC, which was operated as a proprietorship In 2009. Robert is thinking about incorporating the business in 2010 and asks your advice. He expects about the same amount of income and expenses in 2010 and plan to take $90,000 per year out of the company whether he incorporates or not. Write a letter to Robert [based on your analysis in (a) and (b) above] containing your recommendations.