A "C corporation" is the classic type of corporation, also known as
a "regular corporation." The business is an entity or
"person" in its own right, and has the right to buy property, hire
employees, and sign contracts. The business is owned by its stockholders, but
stockholders are not personally liable for the business's debts, torts, or other
liabilities. Corporate profits are taxed at the entity level, by corporate
income tax, and then taxed again at the individual level when paid out as
dividends to shareholders.