Do cooperatives pay taxes?

Cooperatives January 28, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF
With regard to income, cooperatives may qualify as a “single taxed” or pass-through entity in the eyes of federal or state taxing authorities. This means that the tax liability for income to the cooperative is passed through to the members rather than “double” taxed at both the cooperative and member level. Like any other business, cooperatives pay other types of taxes such as employment or property taxes.

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  • Rural Cooperatives magazine, Rural Development, Business and Cooperative Programs, USDA - This bimonthly magazine contains articles and news items relevant to agricultural and non-agricultural cooperatives. An archive provides access to past issues of the magazine from 1998 to 2011.
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