(a) Application of subchapter C rules
Except as otherwise provided in this title, and except to the extent inconsistent with this subchapter, subchapter C shall apply to an S corporation and its shareholders.
(b) No carryover between C year and S year
(1) From C year to S year
(2) No carryover from S year
(3) Treatment of S year as elapsed year
Nothing in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall prevent treating a taxable year for which a corporation is an S corporation as a taxable year for purposes of determining the number of taxable years to which an item may be carried back or carried forward.
(c) Earnings and profits
(1) In general
Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) and subsection (d)(3), no adjustment shall be made to the earnings and profits of an S corporation.
(2) Adjustments for redemptions, liquidations, reorganizations, divisives, etc.
(3) Adjustments in case of distributions treated as dividends under section 1368(c)(2)
Paragraph (1) shall not apply with respect to that portion of a distribution which is treated as a dividend under section 1368(c)(2).
(d) Coordination with investment credit recapture
(1) No recapture by reason of election
Any election under section 1362 shall be treated as a mere change in the form of conducting a trade or business for purposes of the second sentence of section 50(a)(4).
(2) Corporation continues to be liable
Notwithstanding an election under section 1362, an S corporation shall continue to be liable for any increase in tax under section 49(b) or 50(a) attributable to credits allowed for taxable years for which such corporation was not an S corporation.
(3) Adjustment to earnings and profits for amount of recapture
Paragraph (1) of subsection (c) shall not apply to any increase in tax under section 49(b) or 50(a) for which the S corporation is liable.
(e) Cash distributions during post-termination transition period
(1) In general
Any distribution of money by a corporation with respect to its stock during a post-termination transition period shall be applied against and reduce the adjusted basis of the stock, to the extent that the amount of the distribution does not exceed the accumulated adjustments account (within the meaning of section 1368(e)).
(2) Election to distribute earnings first
An S corporation may elect to have paragraph (1) not apply to all distributions made during a post-termination transition period described in section 1377(b)(1)(A). Such election shall not be effective unless all shareholders of the S corporation to whom distributions are made by the S corporation during such post-termination transition period consent to such election.
(f) Cash distributions following post-termination transition period
In the case of a distribution of money by an eligible terminated S corporation (as defined in section 481(d)) after the post-termination transition period, the accumulated adjustments account shall be allocated to such distribution, and the distribution shall be chargeable to accumulated earnings and profits, in the same ratio as the amount of such accumulated adjustments account bears to the amount of such accumulated earnings and profits.
26 U.S.C. § 1371
PRIOR PROVISIONSA prior section 1371, added Pub. L. 85-866, title I, §64(a), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1650; amended Pub. L. 86-376, §2(a), Sept. 23, 1959, 73 Stat. 699; Pub. L. 88-272, title II, §233(a), Feb. 26, 1964, 78 Stat. 112; Pub. L. 94-455, title IX, §902(a)(1), (2), (c) (1), (2), Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1608, 1609; Pub. L. 95-600, title III, §§341, 342, title VII, §701(y)(1), Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2843, 2921; Pub. L. 96-589, §5(d), Dec. 24, 1980, 94 Stat. 3406; Pub. L. 97-34, title II, §§233(a), 234(a), (b), Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 250, 251; Pub. L. 97-448, title I, §102(i)(1), Jan. 12, 1983, 96 Stat. 2372, related to definitions applicable to election of small business corporations as to taxable status, prior to the general revision of this subchapter by section 2 of Pub. L. 97-354.
AMENDMENTS2017-Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 115-97 added subsec. (f). 1996-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104-188 reenacted heading without change and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "(1) IN GENERAL.-Except as otherwise provided in this title, and except to the extent inconsistent with this subchapter, subchapter C shall apply to an S corporation and its shareholders. "(2) S CORPORATION AS SHAREHOLDER TREATED LIKE INDIVIDUAL.-For purposes of subchapter C, an S corporation in its capacity as a shareholder of another corporation shall be treated as an individual."1990-Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 101-508, §11813(b)(23)(A), substituted "section 50(a)(4)" for "section 47(b)".Subsec. (d)(2), (3). Pub. L. 101-508, §11813(b)(23)(B), substituted "section 49(b) or 50(a)" for "section 47". 1986-Subsec. (e)(1). Pub. L. 99-514, §1899A(33), inserted "(within the meaning of section 1368(e))". Subsec. (e)(2). Pub. L. 99-514, §1899A(34), struck out "(within the meaning of section 1368(e))" after "to such election". 1984-Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 98-369, §621(e)(2), substituted "paragraphs (2) and (3) and subsection (d)(3)" for "paragraphs (2) and (3)". Subsec. (d)(3). Pub. L. 98-369, §721(e)(1), added par. (3).Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 98-369, §721(o), amended subsec. (e) generally, designating existing provisions as par. (1) and adding par. (2).Subsec. (e)(2). Pub. L. 98-369, §721(x)(3), inserted "(within the meaning of section 1368(e))".
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1996 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 104-188 applicable to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1996, see section 1317(a) of Pub. L. 104-188 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1990 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 101-508 applicable to property placed in service after Dec. 31, 1990, but not applicable to any transition property (as defined in sectionof this title), any property with respect to which qualified progress expenditures were previously taken into account under section of this title, and any property described in section of this title, as such sections were in effect on Nov. 4, 1990, see section 11813(c) of Pub. L. 101-508 set out as a note under section of this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1984 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 98-369 effective as if included in the Subchapter S Revision Act of 1982, Pub. L. 97-354, see section 721(y)(1) of Pub. L. 98-369 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATESection applicable to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1982, see section 6(a) of Pub. L. 97-354 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
SAVINGS PROVISIONFor provisions that nothing in amendment by Pub. L. 101-508 be construed to affect treatment of certain transactions occurring, property acquired, or items of income, loss, deduction, or credit taken into account prior to Nov. 5, 1990, for purposes of determining liability for tax for periods ending after Nov. 5, 1990, see section 11821(b) of Pub. L. 101-508 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
PLAN AMENDMENTS NOT REQUIRED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 1989For provisions directing that if any amendments made by subtitle A or subtitle C of title XI [§§1101-1147 and 1171-1177] or title XVIII [§§1800-1899A] of Pub. L. 99-514 require an amendment to any plan, such plan amendment shall not be required to be made before the first plan year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 1989, see section 1140 of Pub. L. 99-514 as amended, set out as a note under sectionof this title.
- The term "corporation" includes associations, joint-stock companies, and insurance companies.
- The term "shareholder" includes a member in an association, joint-stock company, or insurance company.
- The term "stock" includes shares in an association, joint-stock company, or insurance company.
- taxable year
- The term "taxable year" means the calendar year, or the fiscal year ending during such calendar year, upon the basis of which the taxable income is computed under subtitle A. "Taxable year" means, in the case of a return made for a fractional part of a year under the provisions of subtitle A or under regulations prescribed by the Secretary, the period for which such return is made.
- trade or business
- The term "trade or business" includes the performance of the functions of a public office.
- The term "transaction" includes a series of transactions.