Let’s be reasonable – Setting salaries for S corporation owners
Abstract: If your business is an S corporation, the way you characterize payments to owners who work in the business can have a significant tax impact. For instance, failure to pay reasonable salaries to these shareholder-employees raises a red flag for the IRS. And if the agency reclassifies distributions of corporate profits as wages, you may be hit with a hefty bill for back payroll taxes, penalties and interest. This article offers tips on how to ensure salaries are reasonable. A sidebar illustrates how costly not doing so can be.