Compensation matters — Determining your own pay
Abstract: If sales are improving, it might be tempting for dealers to think now’s the time to give themselves a hefty and overdue pay increase. But they should keep in mind that the IRS is in the business of scrutinizing top executives’ salaries, bonuses and distributions or dividends. This article describes some factors to consider before setting new pay, pointing out that either overpaying or underpaying can invite IRS scrutiny, depending on whether the dealership is an S corporation or a C corporation. A sidebar notes that courts might impute reasonable (or replacement) compensation expense if a dealership is facing a lawsuit.