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Turbotax military 2012 2. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012 The pay may be in cash, property, or services. Turbotax military 2012 It may include wages, salaries, bonuses, commissions, or other non-cash compensation such as vacation allowances and fringe benefits. Turbotax military 2012 For information about deducting employment taxes, see chapter 5. Turbotax military 2012 You can claim employment credits, such as the following, if you hire individuals who meet certain requirements. Turbotax military 2012 Empowerment zone employment credit (Form 8844). Turbotax military 2012 Indian employment credit (Form 8845). Turbotax military 2012 Work opportunity credit (Form 5884). Turbotax military 2012 Credit for employer differential wage payments (Form 8932). Turbotax military 2012 Reduce your deduction for employee wages by the amount of employment credits you claim. Turbotax military 2012 For more information about these credits, see the form on which the credit is claimed. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 These and other requirements that apply to all business expenses are explained in chapter 1. Turbotax military 2012 In addition, the pay must meet both of the following tests. Turbotax military 2012 Test 1. Turbotax military 2012 It must be reasonable. Turbotax military 2012 Test 2. Turbotax military 2012 It must be for services performed. Turbotax military 2012 The form or method of figuring the pay does not affect its deductibility. Turbotax military 2012 For example, bonuses and commissions based on sales or earnings, and paid under an agreement made before the services were performed, are both deductible. Turbotax military 2012 Test 1—Reasonableness You must be able to prove that the pay is reasonable. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 If the pay is excessive, the excess pay is disallowed as a deduction. Turbotax military 2012 Factors to consider. Turbotax military 2012   Determine the reasonableness of pay by the facts and circumstances. Turbotax military 2012 Generally, reasonable pay is the amount that a similar business would pay for the same or similar services. Turbotax military 2012   To determine if pay is reasonable, also consider the following items and any other pertinent facts. Turbotax military 2012 The duties performed by the employee. Turbotax military 2012 The volume of business handled. Turbotax military 2012 The character and amount of responsibility. Turbotax military 2012 The complexities of your business. Turbotax military 2012 The amount of time required. Turbotax military 2012 The cost of living in the locality. Turbotax military 2012 The ability and achievements of the individual employee performing the service. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 Your policy regarding pay for all your employees. Turbotax military 2012 The history of pay for each employee. Turbotax military 2012 Test 2—For Services Performed You must be able to prove the payment was made for services actually performed. Turbotax military 2012 Employee-shareholder salaries. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012 The excessive part of the salary would not be allowed as a salary deduction by the corporation. Turbotax military 2012 For more information on corporate distributions to shareholders, see Publication 542, Corporations. Turbotax military 2012 Kinds of Pay Some of the ways you may provide pay to your employees in addition to regular wages or salaries are discussed next. Turbotax military 2012 For specialized and detailed information on employees' pay and the employment tax treatment of employees' pay, see Publications 15, 15-A, and 15-B. Turbotax military 2012 Awards You can generally deduct amounts you pay to your employees as awards, whether paid in cash or property. Turbotax military 2012 If you give property to an employee as an employee achievement award, your deduction may be limited. Turbotax military 2012 Achievement awards. Turbotax military 2012   An achievement award is an item of tangible personal property that meets all the following requirements. Turbotax military 2012 It is given to an employee for length of service or safety achievement. Turbotax military 2012 It is awarded as part of a meaningful presentation. Turbotax military 2012 It is awarded under conditions and circumstances that do not create a significant likelihood of disguised pay. Turbotax military 2012 Length-of-service award. Turbotax military 2012    An award will qualify as a length-of-service award only if either of the following applies. Turbotax military 2012 The employee receives the award after his or her first 5 years of employment. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 Safety achievement award. Turbotax military 2012    An award for safety achievement will qualify as an achievement award unless one of the following applies. Turbotax military 2012 It is given to a manager, administrator, clerical employee, or other professional employee. Turbotax military 2012 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). Turbotax military 2012 Deduction limit. Turbotax military 2012   Your deduction for the cost of employee achievement awards given to any one employee during the tax year is limited to the following. Turbotax military 2012 $400 for awards that are not qualified plan awards. Turbotax military 2012 $1,600 for all awards, whether or not qualified plan awards. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012   A highly compensated employee is an employee who meets either of the following tests. Turbotax military 2012 The employee was a 5% owner at any time during the year or the preceding year. Turbotax military 2012 The employee received more than $115,000 in pay for the preceding year. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012 To figure this average cost, ignore awards of nominal value. Turbotax military 2012 Deduct achievement awards as a nonwage business expense on your return or business schedule. Turbotax military 2012 You may not owe employment taxes on the value of some achievement awards you provide to an employee. Turbotax military 2012 See Publication 15-B. Turbotax military 2012 Bonuses You can generally deduct a bonus paid to an employee if you intended the bonus as additional pay for services, not as a gift, and the services were performed. Turbotax military 2012 However, the total bonuses, salaries, and other pay must be reasonable for the services performed. Turbotax military 2012 If the bonus is paid in property, see Property , later. Turbotax military 2012 Gifts of nominal value. Turbotax military 2012    If, to promote employee goodwill, you distribute food or merchandise of nominal value to your employees at holidays, you can deduct the cost of these items as a nonwage business expense. Turbotax military 2012 Your deduction for de minimis gifts of food or drink are not subject to the 50% deduction limit that generally applies to meals. Turbotax military 2012 For more information on this deduction limit, see Meals and lodging , later. Turbotax military 2012 Education Expenses If you pay or reimburse education expenses for an employee, you can deduct the payments if they are part of a qualified educational assistance program. Turbotax military 2012 Deduct them on the “Employee benefit programs” or other appropriate line of your tax return. Turbotax military 2012 For information on educational assistance programs, see Educational Assistance in section 2 of Publication 15-B. Turbotax military 2012 Fringe Benefits A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. Turbotax military 2012 You can generally deduct the cost of fringe benefits. Turbotax military 2012 You may be able to exclude all or part of the value of some fringe benefits from your employees' pay. Turbotax military 2012 You also may not owe employment taxes on the value of the fringe benefits. Turbotax military 2012 See Table 2-1, Special Rules for Various Types of Fringe Benefits, in Publication 15-B for details. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 Certain fringe benefits are discussed next. Turbotax military 2012 See Publication 15-B for more details on these and other fringe benefits. Turbotax military 2012 Meals and lodging. Turbotax military 2012   You can usually deduct the cost of furnishing meals and lodging to your employees. Turbotax military 2012 Deduct the cost in whatever category the expense falls. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 Deduction limit on meals. Turbotax military 2012   You can generally deduct only 50% of the cost of furnishing meals to your employees. Turbotax military 2012 However, you can deduct the full cost of the following meals. Turbotax military 2012 Meals whose value you include in an employee's wages. Turbotax military 2012 Meals that qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit as discussed in section 2 of Publication 15-B. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 Meals you furnish to your employees at the work site when you operate a restaurant or catering service. Turbotax military 2012 Meals you furnish to your employees as part of the expense of providing recreational or social activities, such as a company picnic. Turbotax military 2012 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). Turbotax military 2012 This does not include meals you furnish on vessels primarily providing luxury water transportation. Turbotax military 2012 Meals you furnish on an oil or gas platform or drilling rig located offshore or in Alaska. Turbotax military 2012 This includes meals you furnish at a support camp that is near and integral to an oil or gas drilling rig located in Alaska. Turbotax military 2012 Employee benefit programs. Turbotax military 2012   Employee benefit programs include the following. Turbotax military 2012 Accident and health plans. Turbotax military 2012 Adoption assistance. Turbotax military 2012 Cafeteria plans. Turbotax military 2012 Dependent care assistance. Turbotax military 2012 Education assistance. Turbotax military 2012 Life insurance coverage. Turbotax military 2012 Welfare benefit funds. Turbotax military 2012   You can generally deduct amounts you spend on employee benefit programs on the applicable line of your tax return. Turbotax military 2012 For example, if you provide dependent care by operating a dependent care facility for your employees, deduct your costs in whatever categories they fall (utilities, salaries, etc. Turbotax military 2012 ). Turbotax military 2012 Life insurance coverage. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012 See Regulations section 1. Turbotax military 2012 264-1 for more information. Turbotax military 2012 Welfare benefit funds. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012 Welfare benefits are any benefits other than deferred compensation or transfers of restricted property. Turbotax military 2012   Your deduction for contributions to a welfare benefit fund is limited to the fund's qualified cost for the tax year. Turbotax military 2012 If your contributions to the fund are more than its qualified cost, carry the excess over to the next tax year. Turbotax military 2012   Generally, the fund's “qualified cost” is the total of the following amounts, reduced by the after-tax income of the fund. Turbotax military 2012 The cost you would have been able to deduct using the cash method of accounting if you had paid for the benefits directly. Turbotax military 2012 The contributions added to a reserve account that are needed to fund claims incurred but not paid as of the end of the year. Turbotax military 2012 These claims can be for supplemental unemployment benefits, severance pay, or disability, medical, or life insurance benefits. Turbotax military 2012   For more information, see sections 419(c) and 419A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. Turbotax military 2012 Loans or Advances You generally can deduct as wages an advance you make to an employee for services performed if you do not expect the employee to repay the advance. Turbotax military 2012 However, if the employee performs no services, treat the amount you advanced as a loan. Turbotax military 2012 If the employee does not repay the loan, treat it as income to the employee. Turbotax military 2012 Below-market interest rate loans. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012 See Below-Market Loans in chapter 4. Turbotax military 2012 Property If you transfer property (including your company's stock) to an employee as payment for services, you can generally deduct it as wages. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 You can claim the deduction only for the tax year in which your employee includes the property's value in income. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 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. Turbotax military 2012 Your gain or loss is the difference between the fair market value of the property and its adjusted basis on the date of transfer. Turbotax military 2012 These rules also apply to property transferred to an independent contractor for services, generally reported on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. Turbotax military 2012 Restricted property. Turbotax military 2012   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. Turbotax military 2012 However, if the recipient pays for the property, you must report any gain at the time of the transfer up to the amount paid. Turbotax military 2012    “Substantially vested” means the property is not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. Turbotax military 2012 This means that the recipient is not likely to have to give up his or her rights in the property in the future. Turbotax military 2012 Reimbursements for Business Expenses You can generally deduct the amount you pay or reimburse employees for business expenses incurred for your business. Turbotax military 2012 However, your deduction may be limited. Turbotax military 2012 If you make the payment under an accountable plan, deduct it in the category of the expense paid. Turbotax military 2012 For example, if you pay an employee for travel expenses incurred on your behalf, deduct this payment as a travel expense. Turbotax military 2012 If you make the payment under a nonaccountable plan, deduct it as wages and include it in the employee's Form W-2. Turbotax military 2012 See Reimbursement of Travel, Meals, and Entertainment in chapter 11 for more information about deducting reimbursements and an explanation of accountable and nonaccountable plans. Turbotax military 2012 Sick and Vacation Pay Sick pay. Turbotax military 2012   You can deduct amounts you pay to your employees for sickness and injury, including lump-sum amounts, as wages. Turbotax military 2012 However, your deduction is limited to amounts not compensated by insurance or other means. Turbotax military 2012 Vacation pay. Turbotax military 2012   Vacation pay is an employee benefit. Turbotax military 2012 It includes amounts paid for unused vacation leave. Turbotax military 2012 You can deduct vacation pay only in the tax year in which the employee actually receives it. Turbotax military 2012 This rule applies regardless of whether you use the cash or accrual method of accounting. Turbotax military 2012 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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