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A company cannot technically have negative equity which is why the tax return forms don't allow for you to enter a negative amount. Instead, the S-Corporation members are generally required to make a contribution to the Corporation to bring the equity balance to a zero or positive amount.
Depending on the amount of earnings you are reporting, you may be able to elect out of having to prepare the balance sheet (Schedule L) and Schedule M-1.
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It is after the end of the tax year, so "making a contribution" doesn't seem like an option -- I have a situation where the total of outstanding liabilities plus capital stock plus retained earnings does not equal total assets on the 1120S schedule L. FYI, retained earnings are negative, reflecting intermittent years of losses.A substantial portion (but not all) of the difference between assets and (liabilities + equity) is the amount of the "due to shareholder" account. If it is a permissible thing to do, I could forgive this.The thing I don't understand (not having enough understanding/intuition about accounting) is whether this 1120S view of my balance sheet should always balance if the all figures from my quickbooks are accurately reflected in it. My Quickbooks balance sheet of course doesn't observe the constraint on S Corps that negative equity is not allowed. I have reviewed Quickbooks to ensure that there are no unbalanced postings (ie a posting not done double-entry). I think it is all correct but maybe that is the source of the imbalance in the 1120s that is displayed in Quickbooks as negative equity. The thing is, my common-sensical understanding is that the business currently has a negative net worth for the tax year in question (2011). If I make AJEs to reverse all of the postings for expenses incurred by shareholder on behalf of the business, that would eliminate the liability to Shareholder (me), but it would also reduce the company's expenses, thereby increasing its profit and reducing the current negative retained earnings by an equal amount, which still leaves the 2011S balance sheet imbalanced.
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