S-corp dividend treatment?
I'm considering leaving my salary job to become a consultant/contractor. One option is forming an S corp vs being a sole proprietor. It seems that ESP properly handles the SS tax part of a sole proprietorship, but what are the ramifications of doing business as an S corp?
If the S corp were to have ~$165K in revenue there would be enough money to pay me 122K salary, contribute $30.5 K (25% of salary) to my 401K and pay 7.65% employer payroll tax. Should I record that 122K as standard SS-covered salary, and the $30K as employer contribution to retirement accounts?
In the unlikely event corporate revenue exceeded $165K, it could be paid to me as a dividend reported on form K1. No payroll tax would be due on that distribution. Should that dividend be recorded in ESP as a special receipt taxable as ordinary income?
Thanks for your time.