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Assignment 1: Partnership vs. Corporation
Due Week 7 and worth 240 points
Use the partnership and corporate tax returns for the practice sets titled, “Pet Kingdom” and “ROCK the Ages, LLC” that you prepared in Weeks 3 and 5 in order to complete this assignment.
Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
- Compare and contrast the tax rules and treatment applicable to corporations and partnerships. Indicate the major way in which the tax treatment affects the shareholders or partners.
- Explain at least two (2) reasons why a business owner might opt to become a partnership over a corporation. Provide support for your rationale.
- Imagine that you are a partner at ROCK the Ages, LLC. Justify why you elected to become a partnership as opposed to a corporation. Indicate tax rules that influenced your decision.
- Imagine that you are the Chief Financial Officer at Pet Kingdom. Justify why your management team elected to become a corporation rather than a partnership. Indicate tax rules that influenced your decision.
- Analyze what a business owner must consider when deciding what type of entity is best for the goals and vision of the business. Provide at least two (2) examples of research the owner must perform to ensure the proper election is made. Provide support for your rationale.
- Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Note: Please refer to the APA template in the course shell for more information on APA style.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Examine the tax rules that are unique to corporations, and the basic concerns relevant to shareholders and the corporation.
- Examine the tax rules and treatment related to partnerships.
- Use technology and information resources to research issues in corporate federal taxation.
- Write clearly and concisely about corporate federal taxation using proper writing mechanics.