Nebraska Corporation
Advantages and Disadvantages

Nebraska Corporation Advantages and Disadvantages

Nebraska Corporation:

Nebraska License Requirements

Nebraska requires most businesses to obtain a license and pay a fee if operating in the state. Please check with the state to make sure your business is complying with the license requirements for your particular profession.

Nebraska Corporation - Articles of Incorporation must be drafted and submitted to the Nebraska Secretary of State, Corporations Division. Once articles of incorporation have been successfully filed, your Nebraska Corporation has been formed and this begins its existence as a Nebraska corporate entity.

Should I Incoprorate in Nebraska ?

A corporation, chartered by the state in which it is headquartered, is considered by law to be a unique entity, separate and apart from those who own it. A corporation can be taxed; it can be sued; it can enter into contractual agreements. The owners of a corporation are its shareholders. The shareholders elect a board of directors to oversee the major policies and decisions. The corporation has a life of its own and does not dissolve when ownership changes.

Advantages and Disadvantages
of a Nebraska Corporation

Advantages of a Corporation

  • Shareholders have limited liability for the corporation's debts or judgments against the corporations.
  • Generally, shareholders can only be held accountable for their investment in stock of the company. (Note however, that officers can be held personally liable for their actions, such as the failure to withhold and pay employment taxes.)
  • Corporations can raise additional funds through the sale of stock.
  • A corporation may deduct the cost of benefits it provides to officers and employees.
  • Can elect S Corporation status if certain requirements are met. This election enables company to be taxed similar to a partnership.
  • A corporation pays 15% federal income tax on taxable income up to $50,000; 25% tax on income from $50,001 - $75,000; 34% tax on income from $75,001 - $100,000; 39% tax on income from $100,001 - $335,000; and 34% tax on income over $335,000.
  • A sole proprietor who filed a federal income tax return under the status of married, filing jointly, would pay 15% federal income tax on taxable income up to $35,800; 28% tax on income from $35,801 to 86,500; and 31% tax on income over $86,501.

Disadvantages of a Corporation

  • The process of incorporation requires more time and money than other forms of organization.
  • Corporations are monitored by federal, state and some local agencies, and as a result may have more paperwork to comply with regulations.
  • Incorporating may result in higher overall taxes. Dividends paid to shareholders are not deductible form business income, thus this income can be taxed twice.

Federal Tax Forms for Regular or "C" Corporations

  • Form 1120 or 1120-A: Corporation Income Tax Return
  • Form 1120-W Estimated Tax for Corporation
  • Form 8109-B Deposit Coupon
  • Form 4625 Depreciation

Nebraska's 2008 Business Tax Climate Ranks 43rd

Nebraska ranks 43rd in the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes; individual income taxes; sales taxes; unemployment insurance taxes; and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property. Neighboring states ranked as follows: South Dakota (2nd), Iowa (45th), Missouri (15th), Kansas (33rd), Colorado (13th) and Wyoming (1st).

Nebraska's Individual Income Tax System

Nebraska's personal income tax system consists of four separate brackets with a top rate of 6.84%, kicking in at an income level of $27,000. Among states levying an individual income tax, Nebraska's top rate ranks 17th highest nationally. Nebraska's 2005 individual income tax collections were $793 per person, which ranked 22nd highest nationally.

Nebraska's Corporate Income Tax System

Nebraska's corporate tax structure consists of two brackets with a top rate of 7.81%, kicking in at an income level of $50,000. Among states levying corporate income taxes, Nebraska's top rate ranks 19th highest nationally. In 2006, state-level corporate tax collections (excluding local taxes) were $148.33 per capita, which ranked 22nd highest nationally.

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