A shareholder’s basis in his S corporation stock is increased by the share of the S corporation income that is passed through to the shareholder.
This effectively gives the shareholder a credit to apply against the earned income when it is ultimately distributed to the shareholder, ensuring that the income is only taxed once.
For most tax practitioners, this would elicit the following Pavolovian reaction: “You should NEVER put real estate inside a corporation.” And while there are very few NEVERS in the tax world, this one is pretty darn accurate.
But do you really understand why you should never put real estate into a corporation?
This distinguishes a liquidating dividend from regular dividends, which are issued from the company's operating profits or retained earnings. A liquidating dividend may be made in one or more installments. S., a corporation paying out liquidating dividends will issue to its shareholders a Form 1099-DIV showing the amount of the distribution.