The IC-DISC – An overlooked tax break that could be your big break
Abstract: By forming an interest charge–domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC), a manufacturing company may realize substantial tax savings on export-sales income. The general concept is fairly simple: A U.S. manufacturer establishes a “shell” company — an IC-DISC — and then pays its IC-DISC a percentage of the company’s export revenue, also known as commissions; the company doesn’t pay taxes on these commissions. There can be operational advantages, as well. This article looks at the qualifications required to set up an IC-DISC, while a sidebar looks at the history of this tax incentive.