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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
S corp fiscal year?


Subject: Choosing a fiscal year

Hello Tax Guru,

I was not sure if I can post on your blog, I had a question about Fiscal year and S-Corp. Is there no situation where an S-Corp can have a fiscal year end on June 30th like you suggest for other corporations or am I misunderstanding the S-Corp?

thanks, great blog!


 S corps are required to use the same tax year as their shareholders, which is almost always a calendar (December 31) year.

If income shifting between years is a critical factor, a C corp is an easy way to accomplish this.

Your personal professional tax advisor should be able to help you set up a structure with one or more entities to achieve whatever goal you have.

Good luck.

Kerry Kerstetter



thanks for the great info. Our challenge is that we are receiving a product order prepayment from the US DOD for $250K and may not have to pay our factory till after Jan 1st. 2009 and we don't want to pay taxes on the $250K sitting in the bank, what would you do?

Will will apply for S-Corp status with IRS.

thanks for your help!


Using a C corp to smooth out that income and have control over the timing of the taxes on it is a very simple task for any experienced professional tax advisor.  You need to start working with one ASAP.

Good luck.

Kerry Kerstetter


 Thanks again Kerry!


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