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Does a cooperative pay taxes?

Cooperatives pay taxes on real estate, personal property, sales, employment, utilities, etc. just like all other businesses. Cooperatives are single taxed like all other businesses except for C-corporations, which are double taxed at the entity and the stockholder levels. The single tax treatment is not specific to the cooperative structure, but the taxation of the patronage refunds is unique. The net margin (income-expenses) is NOT considered taxable income because it is returned to the patrons. The net margins are returned as patronage refunds and are taxed at the patron level in all situations.

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