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Generally - as your financial plan is to pay wages and bonuses to employees - and keep corporate income close to zero - it doesn't matter if you choose C-corporation or S-corporation. The difference is that - C-corporation pays its own income tax on net taxable income, but S-corporation passes that tax liability to shareholders (owners).
However - if taxable income will be minimal or none - the type of corporation would not really matter fro that purpose - but you might want change your plan in future.
If you want to select your corporation to be treated as S-corporation - you need to use form 2553 - see here - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2553.pdf If you want it to be C-corporation - no need to file any form - and that status would be by default. There is no choices you indicated on form 2553.
However - most likely you are looking at form 8832 - see here - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8832.pdf That form is used for making selection for the LLC. Because you indicated - "We formed a corporation in California" - you need to use form 2553 and that choice is not relevant for you.
Let me know if you need any help.
Another expert wants to point out that any income you pay out as bonuses would be subject to FICA tax, whereas if you were made an S-election or not, - thus if you make S-corporation selection - you could take a minimal salary and take the rest as a dividend, and save yourselves 15.3% tax!