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Fundamental Accounting Principles

2. (a) Your friend Dick Wasson cannot understand how the characteristic of corporation management is both an
advantage and a disadvantage. Clarify this problem
for Dick.
(b) Identify and explain two other disadvantages of a corporation.

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<br>Limited Liability. One of the key reasons for forming a corporation is the limited liability protection provided to its owners. Because a corporation is considered a separate legal entity, the shareholders have limited liability for the corporation's debts. The personal assets of shareholders are not at risk for satisfying corporate debts or liabilities.
<br>Corporate Tax Treatment. Since a corporation is a separate legal entity, it pays taxes separate and apart from its owners (at least in the typical C corporation). Owners of a corporation only pay taxes on corporate profits paid to them in the form of salaries, bonuses, and dividends. The corporation pays taxes, at the corporate rate, on any profits.
<br>Attractive Investment. The built-in stock structure of a corporation makes it attractive to investors.
<br>Capital Incentive. The stock structure also allows corporations to attract key and talented employees by offering an ownership interest in the form of stock options or stock. ...

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This question involves the fundamentals of accounting