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Distribution and dividend distribution while filling 1120S

While filling form 1120S, there are two places asking for distribution: One is distribution, attach statement if required (1120S p 3-5), another place is K 1 dividend distribution paid from accumulated earning and profits.

 

What is the difference between the two? Should they be the same number?

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Distribution and dividend distribution while filling 1120S

no do not enter the number in two places. they are for different purposes 

 

dividend distribution paid from accumulated earning and profit (AE&P)- at one time you were a C Corporation and you have earnings that were not previously distributed to you as a taxable dividend.  (report on M-2 column c) and your k-1 box 17.(possibly) but if you distribute AE&P the corp must issue the shareholder a 1099-DIV.  

 

the default for distributions is first from S-Corp earnings , then PTET, then C-corp earnings, then other (tax exempt income). if there is AE&P, an election must be made if AE&P is to be distributed first.

 

 

on the other hand the distribution of S corp profits are not taxable unless they reduce your tax basis below zero (no 1099-DIV is issued). report on M-2 column a. these will also show on your k-1 box 16

 

 

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