A C Corporation: What Is It?

A company that is taxed differently from its owners is known as a C Corporation, or simply C Corp. Its structure shields the owners of the business from its debts and liabilities (limited liability), but it also creates a situation where shareholders pay dividend taxes on top of the company’s profits, a practice known as double taxation.

Establishing a C Corporation

The Articles of Incorporation, which formally establish the company’s existence, are filed at the start of the C Corporation formation process. The name, address, goal, information about the registered agent, and details about the business structure of the company must all be included in this document. The procedure is finished once the Articles of Incorporation are submitted to the relevant state.

Advantages and Drawbacks of a C Corporation


  • defense against individual liability
  • Taxation flexibility
  • Total ownership
  • Possibility of expansion
  • Enhanced reputation in the industry


  • twofold taxation
  • arduous filing procedure
  • higher costs associated with compliance
  • limited financial gains

In summary

C corporations provide larger businesses with a host of benefits, such as enhanced tax flexibility and liability protection. Long-term growth companies may find that this more complex business structure is the best option, despite the possibility of increased costs.