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1040x file online 2. 1040x file online   Employees' Pay Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Tests for Deducting PayTest 1—Reasonableness Test 2—For Services Performed Kinds of PayAwards Bonuses Education Expenses Fringe Benefits Loans or Advances Property Reimbursements for Business Expenses Sick and Vacation Pay Introduction You can generally deduct the amount you pay your employees for the services they perform. 1040x file online The pay may be in cash, property, or services. 1040x file online It may include wages, salaries, bonuses, commissions, or other non-cash compensation such as vacation allowances and fringe benefits. 1040x file online For information about deducting employment taxes, see chapter 5. 1040x file online You can claim employment credits, such as the following, if you hire individuals who meet certain requirements. 1040x file online Empowerment zone employment credit (Form 8844). 1040x file online Indian employment credit (Form 8845). 1040x file online Work opportunity credit (Form 5884). 1040x file online Credit for employer differential wage payments (Form 8932). 1040x file online Reduce your deduction for employee wages by the amount of employment credits you claim. 1040x file online For more information about these credits, see the form on which the credit is claimed. 1040x file online Topics - This chapter discusses: Tests for deducting pay Kinds of pay Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide 15-A Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. 1040x file online Tests for Deducting Pay To be deductible, your employees' pay must be an ordinary and necessary business expense and you must pay or incur it. 1040x file online These and other requirements that apply to all business expenses are explained in chapter 1. 1040x file online In addition, the pay must meet both of the following tests. 1040x file online Test 1. 1040x file online It must be reasonable. 1040x file online Test 2. 1040x file online It must be for services performed. 1040x file online The form or method of figuring the pay does not affect its deductibility. 1040x file online For example, bonuses and commissions based on sales or earnings, and paid under an agreement made before the services were performed, are both deductible. 1040x file online Test 1—Reasonableness You must be able to prove that the pay is reasonable. 1040x file online Whether the pay is reasonable depends on the circumstances that existed when you contracted for the services, not those that exist when reasonableness is questioned. 1040x file online If the pay is excessive, the excess pay is disallowed as a deduction. 1040x file online Factors to consider. 1040x file online   Determine the reasonableness of pay by the facts and circumstances. 1040x file online Generally, reasonable pay is the amount that a similar business would pay for the same or similar services. 1040x file online   To determine if pay is reasonable, also consider the following items and any other pertinent facts. 1040x file online The duties performed by the employee. 1040x file online The volume of business handled. 1040x file online The character and amount of responsibility. 1040x file online The complexities of your business. 1040x file online The amount of time required. 1040x file online The cost of living in the locality. 1040x file online The ability and achievements of the individual employee performing the service. 1040x file online The pay compared with the gross and net income of the business, as well as with distributions to shareholders if the business is a corporation. 1040x file online Your policy regarding pay for all your employees. 1040x file online The history of pay for each employee. 1040x file online Test 2—For Services Performed You must be able to prove the payment was made for services actually performed. 1040x file online Employee-shareholder salaries. 1040x file online   If a corporation pays an employee who is also a shareholder a salary that is unreasonably high considering the services actually performed, the excessive part of the salary may be treated as a constructive dividend to the employee-shareholder. 1040x file online The excessive part of the salary would not be allowed as a salary deduction by the corporation. 1040x file online For more information on corporate distributions to shareholders, see Publication 542, Corporations. 1040x file online Kinds of Pay Some of the ways you may provide pay to your employees in addition to regular wages or salaries are discussed next. 1040x file online For specialized and detailed information on employees' pay and the employment tax treatment of employees' pay, see Publications 15, 15-A, and 15-B. 1040x file online Awards You can generally deduct amounts you pay to your employees as awards, whether paid in cash or property. 1040x file online If you give property to an employee as an employee achievement award, your deduction may be limited. 1040x file online Achievement awards. 1040x file online   An achievement award is an item of tangible personal property that meets all the following requirements. 1040x file online It is given to an employee for length of service or safety achievement. 1040x file online It is awarded as part of a meaningful presentation. 1040x file online It is awarded under conditions and circumstances that do not create a significant likelihood of disguised pay. 1040x file online Length-of-service award. 1040x file online    An award will qualify as a length-of-service award only if either of the following applies. 1040x file online The employee receives the award after his or her first 5 years of employment. 1040x file online The employee did not receive another length-of-service award (other than one of very small value) during the same year or in any of the prior 4 years. 1040x file online Safety achievement award. 1040x file online    An award for safety achievement will qualify as an achievement award unless one of the following applies. 1040x file online It is given to a manager, administrator, clerical employee, or other professional employee. 1040x file online During the tax year, more than 10% of your employees, excluding those listed in (1), have already received a safety achievement award (other than one of very small value). 1040x file online Deduction limit. 1040x file online   Your deduction for the cost of employee achievement awards given to any one employee during the tax year is limited to the following. 1040x file online $400 for awards that are not qualified plan awards. 1040x file online $1,600 for all awards, whether or not qualified plan awards. 1040x file online   A qualified plan award is an achievement award given as part of an established written plan or program that does not favor highly compensated employees as to eligibility or benefits. 1040x file online   A highly compensated employee is an employee who meets either of the following tests. 1040x file online The employee was a 5% owner at any time during the year or the preceding year. 1040x file online The employee received more than $115,000 in pay for the preceding year. 1040x file online You can choose to ignore test (2) if the employee was not also in the top 20% of employees ranked by pay for the preceding year. 1040x file online   An award is not a qualified plan award if the average cost of all the employee achievement awards given during the tax year (that would be qualified plan awards except for this limit) is more than $400. 1040x file online To figure this average cost, ignore awards of nominal value. 1040x file online Deduct achievement awards as a nonwage business expense on your return or business schedule. 1040x file online You may not owe employment taxes on the value of some achievement awards you 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education expenses for an employee, you can deduct the payments if they are part of a qualified educational assistance program. 1040x file online Deduct them on the “Employee benefit programs” or other appropriate line of your tax return. 1040x file online For information on educational assistance programs, see Educational Assistance in section 2 of Publication 15-B. 1040x file online Fringe Benefits A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. 1040x file online You can generally deduct the cost of fringe benefits. 1040x file online You may be able to exclude all or part of the value of some fringe benefits from your employees' pay. 1040x file online You also may not owe employment taxes on the value of the fringe benefits. 1040x file online See Table 2-1, Special Rules for Various Types of Fringe Benefits, in Publication 15-B for details. 1040x file online Your deduction for the cost of fringe benefits for activities generally considered entertainment, amusement, or recreation, or for a facility used in connection with such an activity (for example, a company aircraft) for certain officers, directors, and more-than-10% shareholders is limited. 1040x file online Certain fringe benefits are discussed next. 1040x file online See Publication 15-B for more details on these and other fringe benefits. 1040x file online Meals and lodging. 1040x file online   You can usually deduct the cost of furnishing meals and lodging to your employees. 1040x file online Deduct the cost in whatever category the expense falls. 1040x file online For example, if you operate a restaurant, deduct the cost of the meals you furnish to employees as part of the cost of goods sold. 1040x file online If you operate a nursing home, motel, or rental property, deduct the cost of furnishing lodging to an employee as expenses for utilities, linen service, salaries, depreciation, etc. 1040x file online Deduction limit on meals. 1040x file online   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of furnishing meals to your employees. 1040x file online However, you can deduct the full cost of the following meals. 1040x file online Meals whose value you include in an employee's wages. 1040x file online Meals that qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit as discussed in section 2 of Publication 15-B. 1040x file online This generally includes meals you furnish to employees at your place of business if more than half of these employees are provided the meals for your convenience. 1040x file online Meals you furnish to your employees at the work site when you operate a restaurant or catering service. 1040x file online Meals you furnish to your employees as part of the expense of providing recreational or social activities, such as a company picnic. 1040x file online Meals you are required by federal law to furnish to crew members of certain commercial vessels (or would be required to furnish if the vessels were operated at sea). 1040x file online This does not include 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costs in whatever categories they fall (utilities, salaries, etc. 1040x file online ). 1040x file online Life insurance coverage. 1040x file online   You cannot deduct the cost of life insurance coverage for you, an employee, or any person with a financial interest in your business, if you are directly or indirectly the beneficiary of the policy. 1040x file online See Regulations section 1. 1040x file online 264-1 for more information. 1040x file online Welfare benefit funds. 1040x file online   A welfare benefit fund is a funded plan (or a funded arrangement having the effect of a plan) that provides welfare benefits to your employees, independent contractors, or their beneficiaries. 1040x file online Welfare benefits are any benefits other than deferred compensation or transfers of restricted property. 1040x file online   Your deduction for contributions to a welfare benefit fund is limited to the fund's qualified cost for the tax year. 1040x file online If your contributions to the 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the employee performs no services, treat the amount you advanced as a loan. 1040x file online If the employee does not repay the loan, treat it as income to the employee. 1040x file online Below-market interest rate loans. 1040x file online   On certain loans you make to an employee or shareholder, you are treated as having received interest income and as having paid compensation or dividends equal to that interest. 1040x file online See Below-Market Loans in chapter 4. 1040x file online Property If you transfer property (including your company's stock) to an employee as payment for services, you can generally deduct it as wages. 1040x file online The amount you can deduct is the property's fair market value on the date of the transfer less any amount the employee paid for the property. 1040x file online You can claim the deduction only for the tax year in which your employee includes the property's value in income. 1040x file online Your employee is deemed to have included the value in income if you report it on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, in a timely manner. 1040x file online You treat the deductible amount as received in exchange for the property, and you must recognize any gain or loss realized on the transfer, unless it is the company's stock transferred as payment for services. 1040x file online Your gain or loss is the difference between the fair market value of the property and its adjusted basis on the date of transfer. 1040x file online These rules also apply to property transferred to an independent contractor for services, generally reported on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. 1040x file online Restricted property. 1040x file online   If the property you transfer for services is subject to restrictions that affect its value, you generally cannot deduct it and do not report gain or loss until it is substantially vested in the recipient. 1040x file online However, if the recipient pays for the property, you must report any gain at the time of the transfer up to the amount paid. 1040x file online    “Substantially vested” means the property is not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. 1040x file online This means that the recipient is not likely to have to give up his or her rights in the property in the future. 1040x file online Reimbursements for Business Expenses You can generally deduct the amount you pay or reimburse employees for business expenses incurred for your business. 1040x file online However, your deduction may be limited. 1040x file online If you make the payment under an accountable plan, deduct it in the category of the expense paid. 1040x file online For example, if you pay an employee for travel expenses incurred on your behalf, deduct this payment as a travel expense. 1040x file online If you make the payment under a nonaccountable plan, deduct it as wages and include it in the employee's Form W-2. 1040x file online See Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment in chapter 11 for more 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1040x file online Publication 583 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Introduction Introduction Table 1. 1040x file online What New Business Owners Need To Know About Federal Taxes   (Note: This table is intended to help you, as a new business owner, learn what you need to know about your federal tax responsibilities. 1040x file online To use it, ask yourself each question in the left column, then see the related discussion in the right column. 1040x file online ) What Must I Know? Where To Find the Answer Which form of business will I use? See Forms of Business. 1040x file online Will I need an employer identification number (EIN)? See Identification Numbers. 1040x file online Do I have to start my tax year in January, or may I start it in any other month? See Tax Year. 1040x file online What method can I use to account for my income and expenses? See Accounting Method. 1040x file online What kinds of federal taxes will I have to pay? How should I pay my taxes? See Business Taxes. 1040x file online What must I do if I have employees? See Employment Taxes. 1040x file online Which forms must I file? See Table 2 and Information Returns. 1040x file online Are there penalties if I do not pay my taxes or file my returns? See Penalties. 1040x file online What business expenses can I deduct on my federal income tax return? See Business Expenses. 1040x file online What records must I keep? How long must I keep them? See Recordkeeping. 1040x file online This publication provides basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business. 1040x file online It also provides information on keeping records and illustrates a recordkeeping system. 1040x file online Throughout this publication we refer to other IRS publications and forms where you will find more information. 1040x file online In addition, you may want to contact other government agencies, such as the Small Business Administration (SBA). 1040x file online See How To Get More Information later. 1040x file online Comments and suggestions. 1040x file online   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 1040x file online   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Business Forms and Publications Branch SE:W:CAR:MP:T:B 1111 Constitution Ave. 1040x file online NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. 1040x file online Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 1040x file online   You can email us at taxforms@irs. 1040x file online gov. 1040x file online Please put “Publications Comment” on the subject line. 1040x file online You can also send us comments from www. 1040x file online irs. 1040x file online gov/formspubs, select “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications” under “Information about. 1040x file online ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 1040x file online Ordering forms and publications. 1040x file online Visit www. 1040x file online irs. 1040x file online gov/formspubs to download forms and publications, call 1-800-829-3676, or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. 1040x file online Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040x file online Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705–6613 Tax questions. 1040x file online   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 1040x file online gov or call 1-800-829-1040. 1040x file online We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 1040x file online Future Developments. 1040x file online   The IRS has created a page on IRS. 1040x file online gov for information about Publication 583 at www. 1040x file online irs. 1040x file online gov/pub583. 1040x file online Information about any future developments affecting Publication 583 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. 1040x file online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications