Brief Fact Summary. Stark (P) started a corporation and paid herself wages so she could qualify for Social Security.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. If corporate formalities have been observed, the form cannot be dismissed unless statutes say otherwise.
In the present case the department was well within its province in determining from all the circumstances the ultimate issue--i.e., whether the applicant had in fact been an employee in receipt of wages from a corporation or had in fact created a mere device to disguise the actual fact of receiving rents from real estate.View Full Point of Law
Issue. If unmentioned by statute, can a form be dismissed if the corporation was founded merely to qualify for government benefits?
Held. (Per Curiam) No. If Congress has not specified policy, then the benefits cannot be withheld. Stark (P) followed all corporate formalities regardless of motive. Flemming (D) may make an independent appraisal of Stark’s (P) salary to determine excess and make comparisons to other similar businesses. The judgment of the district court is vacated and remanded for further proceedings.
Discussion. In Stark, corporate form, in principal cannot be dismissed. Motive is irrelevant. Incorporation cannot be dismissed by motive. Legitimate business purposes are not required. There must be more compelling reasons to â€œpierce the corporate veilâ€.