Number Of Corporations Has Dropped Since The 1980s

Share of returns filed by C corporations has dropped 16.6% to 4.9% 1980-2012 with sole proprietorships filing the majority of returns. At the same time, the net income reported by C corporations has dropped since 1980 from 68.0% to 37.1% in 2012.

Number Of Corporations

Number Of Corporations

A simple matrix of business structures and Pass-Through Businesses: Data and Policy provide more information but one thing you need to know is:

The majority of companies in the United States are pass-through businesses. These businesses are not subject to the corporate income tax; instead, their income is reported on their owners’ tax returns and subject to the individual income tax.

Data Source: IRS Table 1: Selected financial data on businesses.

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