Business Entity Quiz

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1. What is a “pass-through” entity?

     a. All profits/losses are passed on to the owner’s personal tax return

QuizMan     b. The owner is not subject to self-employment tax.

     c. All of the above

2. Which of the following is/are “pass-through” entity(s)?

     a. C-Corporation

     b. S-elected C-Corporation (S-Corp)

     c. Limited Liability Company (LLC)

     d. S-elected Limited Liability Company (S-LLC)

     e. b,c,d

     f. b & d only

3. Which entity is the easiest to operate due to fewer regulations, documents and mandatory procedures?

     a. C-Corporation

     b. S-Corporation

     c. Limited Liability Company

     d. S & C Corporations and LLC’s all have the same requirements

4.  What is self-employment tax?

     a. A 5.3% tax on net income on businesses with a passive owner.

     b. A 15.3% tax on net income for sole proprietors & LLCs’ for Social Security and Medicare. 

     c. A 15.3% tax on a shareholder’s personal salary in a C-Corp.

     d. A 5.3% tax on a shareholder’s personal salary in an S-Corp.

5.  Vince sells vacuums door-to-door from May until August as a 1099 Sales Rep for Vacuums Inc.  If Vince makes $30,000 in commissions over the summer, how much is Vacuum Inc. required to pay towards the 15.3% tax on his wages for Social Security and Medicare?

     a. $0, They don’t have to pay any of it.

     b. $2,295; Half of the total tax (7.65%).

     c. $4,590; They are required to pay the total tax

     d. 1099 contractors are not subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes 

6.  Bob is a real estate agent in Utah working as a 1099 contractor/sole proprietor for Whoever Homes/Broker Inc.  In 2009, Bob earned $80,000 in commissions.  How much will Bob pay in self-employment tax on his commissions?

     a. $0; 1099 don’t pay self-employment tax.

     b. Under $5,000

     c. Between $5,000-$10,000

     d. Between $10,000-$15,000

     e. Over $15,000 

7.  Bob, from Question #6, sets up an LLC in March 2010 and files IRS form 2553 for tax treatment as an S-Corp.  Bob makes $80,000 in 2010.  As an S-elected LLC he is required to pay FICA taxes on a “fair and reasonable salary.”  If Bob selects a salary of 33.33% of his net income, what is the difference between the self-employment tax he would have paid to the FICA taxes he will now pay?

     a. They are the same

     b. Approx. $1,000

     c. Approx. $5,000

     c. Approx. $7,000 

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