Taxes with an IC-DISC Help Save for Exporters and others


Taxes with an IC-DISC Help Save for Exporters and others

If your business exports American-made goods or performs architectural or engineering services for foreign construction projects. Then an interest-charge domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC) can help slash your taxes.


An IC-DISC is a “paper” corporation you set up to receive commissions on export sales. This is up to the greater of 50% of net income or 4% of gross receipts from qualified exports. Your business deducts the commission payments, while distributions received from the IC-DISC are treated as qualified dividends, not capital gains.

Essentially, an IC-DISC allows you to convert ordinary income taxed at rates as high as 39.6% into dividends. These are taxed at 15% or 20%. An IC-DISC also allows you to defer taxes on up to $10 million in commissions. These are held by the IC-DISC by paying a modest interest charge to the IRS.

Think an IC-DISC might be right for you? Contact us for more information.

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