How does a Delaware C-Corp compare to an LLC?

Only Delaware C-Corporations are designed for high-growth startups that need the ability to scale, issue equity to employees, raise money from angel investors or VCs, and have a successful exit one day. While LLCs can provide some short-term savings for their owners, the expense and headache of converting to a Delaware C-Corporation down the line far outweigh any immediate gains. We at Gust Launch cannot stress enough how important it is for serious founders to incorporate as a Delaware C-Corporation from the beginning.
Recommended for
Recommended for
Founders needing maximum growth potential, liability protection, and the ability to attract investors. Best for startups that plan to raise money, distribute equity to employees, and either sell or IPO within 5-10 years.
Owners who primarily want pass-through taxation and liability protection. Best for companies that plan to stay small to mid-size and startups that will not require outside investment.
Best for founders optimizing for
Best for founders optimizing for
Growth, long-term savings
Short-term savings
Corporate ownership
Corporate ownership
Limited liability protection
Limited liability protection
Unlimited number of owners
Unlimited number of owners
Intellectual Property (IP) protection
Intellectual Property (IP) protection
Required by investors
Required by investors
Designed to easily distribute ownership (stock) to attract investors, advisors, and employees
Designed to easily distribute ownership (stock) to attract investors, advisors, and employees
Structural flexibility
Structural flexibility
More standardized — Built around best practices well-understood by investors, like ownership that is represented by stock, governance by a Board, and officers to handle the day-to-day.
Extremely flexible — Very few restrictions around governance structure, voting rights, etc. This can cause lengthy due diligence work on the behalf of the investor during fundraising.
Corporate taxes — The corporation is taxed on its net income, and shareholders are personally taxed on any dividends received and on capital gains when they sell their stock. Since almost all startups reinvest revenue back into the company for at least the first few years, there are generally no profits to tax at either level.
Pass-through taxation — Owners pay personal income tax on income generated from the business. This means owners of LLCs operating at a loss can reduce their taxable net income.
Pass-through tax advantage
Pass-through tax advantage
C-corps can elect pass-through status through the subchapter S Election. Best for initially founder-funded startups1.
Inherent to LLCs.
Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) tax credit
Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) tax credit
In the event of an exit, eligible shareholders are not taxed on the first $10 million of capital gains2.
Not eligible.

1 For more information on the advantages (and disadvantages) of the S Election, visit
2 For more information on QSBS and eligibility requirements, visit

Already an LLC?

Although we don’t do LLC to DE C-Corp conversions, we’ve worked closely with many founders of LLCs to create a new standalone Delaware C-Corp with Gust Launch. We always recommend founders work with their lawyers to properly transfer their assets and liabilities (if any) from their LLC to the new C-Corp. Before ultimately deciding the best option for your business, consult your tax and legal representatives. For more information, see this Gust Launch blog post that details your various conversion options from an existing LLC.

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