S Corporation

Helping S Corporations Avoid Unreasonable Compensation Audits

Since compensation is subject to employment taxes (i.e., primarily Social Security and Medicare taxes) and distributions to shareholders are not, many S corporation owners reduce their compensation and increase their shareholder distributions in an attempt to avoid the employment taxes.   In some cases this is justifiable, and in some it is not.  The IRS is well aware of this issue; in fact, one of the IRS’s hottest audit triggers for S corporations is insufficient compensation paid to employee-shareholders.

The Journal of Accountancy recently published an article that provides nine steps to help S corporations reduce the likelihood of an IRS examination for unreasonable owner compensation.  Read the article here.

 

By |May 17th, 2016|Categories: BCo Community News, Business Operations, Business Tax, IRS|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Helping S Corporations Avoid Unreasonable Compensation Audits

Reimbursement of Employee Health Insurance Premiums (Including S Corporation Shareholders)

A little known and very under-publicized change to the insurance tax laws that took place on January 1, 2014, has exposed employers to a potentially heavy excise tax if they reimburse employees for health insurance premiums vs. enrolling in group plans.  This includes employee shareholders.

Employer reimbursements or direct payment of health insurance premiums for individual policies or coverage under a spouse’s policy may be deemed a group health plan subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) market reforms if they are made for more than 1 employee.  The deemed group health plan would not comply with the ACA’s benefit mandates for group health coverage and would be subject to excise taxes of $100 per day, per employee with no limit.

While the new […]

By |August 18th, 2015|Categories: Business Operations, Business Tax|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Reimbursement of Employee Health Insurance Premiums (Including S Corporation Shareholders)