Who Pays the Employment Taxes of an S Corporation?
The S-Corporation will pay the employer's share of FICA taxes (7.65%), and the employee will pay the other share of FICA taxes (also 7.65%). Between the S-Corporation and the shareholder, wages are subject to a combined 15.3% payroll tax, plus the shareholder's income tax rate. Profit distributions, however, are not subject to FICA payroll taxes; they are subject only to the shareholder's income tax rate. Therefore, the shareholder-employee will have a strong preference to pay herself a minimal salary and thereby increase the profit distribution.