Firs you have to have to understand that business are incorporate by states. This is done in each state by the secretary of state
Keep in mind that When you first incorporate your business in a particular state, you're are generally registering the business as a legal organization in the state of your incorporation.
And THAT in of itself isn't a tax issue. It's an issue of limited liability, required record keeping, and the various requirements of state statutes for the various types of business entities in THAT state
Generally the potential entities are, Sole Proprietorships (required i SOME states to register as DBA's (Doing Business As), Partnerships, Joint Ventures (usually organized for one specific transaction) LLC (Limited Liability Companie, a hybrid between a corporation and a partnership) and a Corporaton
While S corporations are corporations for purposes of state law, not all states recognize the "S" corporation for income tax purposes. The "S" corporation is recognized in Massachusetts but not in New Hampshire for example. S-Corps are really a TAX election ... although again, some states will let you set up the S-Corp initially, you have to MAKE that election for purposes of FEDERAL tax law
In most states default corporation is a "C" corporation. If you want to be be taxed as an "S" corporation you have to file form 2553 to let the IRS know that the shareholders desire (elect) this tax treatment.
Sorry for the data dump but, to try to answer your question, now that we may be on the same page, .... for FEDERAL TAX LAW purposes there is NO difference .... for contract, tort, criminal, and business organization law they are different from state to state .. they will also vary from state to stat in terms of Tax law too
Federal tax law the same
State tax and other law, different
I still don't see you coming into the chat. I'll switch us to "Question & Answer" mode. ... Maybe that will help.
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While I'm waiting, here's an excellent article on the differences between a C-Corp and an S-Corp ... As you read, however, understand that MOST of the differences covered here discuss the tax differences ( C-Corp being taxed at C-Corp Rates) and the s-Corp being a pass-through to the personal return of the shareholders, ... just as partnerships, Sole Proprietorships and LLCs that don't elect S or C corp taxation are.
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