Mastering the Rules of S Corporation Shareholder-Employee Compensation

Reporting Health Insurance Payments, ACA Requirements, and Meeting the Reasonable Compensation Standard

A live 110-minute CPE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (in 13 days)
1:00pm-2:50pm EST, 10:00am-11:50am PST

This webinar will provide tax advisers and professionals with a comprehensive and practical examination of the rules governing compensation of S corporation officers and shareholders, focusing on how to document and support reasonable compensation, and on how to handle company-provided health insurance as a compensation issue.


Perhaps the most significant advantage of the S corporation is the ability of shareholders to pass through some of the corporation’s net income to its shareholders without incurring employment tax on the amounts. The IRC requires that S corporations pay “reasonable compensation” to shareholders with active participation in the business. However, the Code does not set a bright-line rule, but instead uses a facts and circumstances test to determine what is reasonable compensation.

The IRS is aggressively pursuing S corporation shareholder-employee compensation arrangements in circumstances where the Service deems the shareholder is avoiding employment tax through unreasonably low compensation. The Service’s track record in tax court has been, by and large, successful. Generally, when the IRS challenges a compensation scheme, distribution payments are reclassified as salary, resulting in S corp shareholder-employees paying employment tax plus penalties.

Another challenge to maintaining S corporation officer compensation plans as compliant is the treatment of health insurance payments and reimbursements. The ACA’s prohibition against reimbursements creates another wrinkle in that analysis. Failure to properly structure and report health insurance payments on behalf of shareholder-employees could void the deduction to the business, resulting in additional tax to the shareholder.

Listen as our experienced panel provides comprehensive guidance on how to document an S corporation shareholder-employee compensation plan within IRS guidelines, how to remedy plans that could be subject to examination, how to defend against IRS challenge, and how to handle health insurance coverage for S corporation shareholder-employees.


  1. Requirement and standards for reasonable compensation
  2. Incentive compensation
  3. Medical insurance for shareholders
  4. Equity compensation
  5. Case study


The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • What types of businesses and compensation arrangements are most likely to attract IRS challenge?
  • Standards for structuring and defending compensation plans that are reasonable
  • Health insurance payments as compensation and meeting ACA coverage mandates

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of businesses and compensation arrangements that are subject to IRS challenges
  • Discern reasonable standards for structuring and defending S corp employee compensation plans
  • Determine proper treatment of health insurance payments to meet ACA coverage mandates


Samuel D. Brotman, Atty
Brotman Law, San Diego

Mr. Brotman's practice primarily centers on all aspects of tax litigation and tax controversies, and he frequently handles corporate and litigation matters related to businesses.Prior to founding his firm, he chaired the corporate law and corporate tax departments for a prominent boutique tax firm. He has an extensive corporate law background and served as lead counsel on several major transactions, navigated his clients through several multi-million dollar commercial debt workouts, and oversaw day-to-day legal operations for two large Southern California corporations.

Jason Watson, EA, MBA, Managing Partner
Watson CPA Group, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mr. Watson advises small business owners in creating a map for the future. His focus is on S corporations, self-employment taxes, health insurance issues and retirement planning. He is a published author on tax issues for S corporations and LLCs, Taxpayer’s Comprehensive Guide to LLCs and S Corps.

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Live Webinar $147.00

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Continuing Professional Education credit processing is available for an additional fee. CPE processing must be ordered prior to the event. To qualify for CPE you may not listen via the telephone.

This program is eligible for 2.0 CPE credits.

  • Field of Study: Taxes.
  • Level of Knowledge: Intermediate.
  • Advance Preparation: None.
  • Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture.
  • Delivery Method: Group-Internet (via computer).
  • Attendance Monitoring Method: Attendance is monitored electronically via a participant's PIN and through a series of verification codes announced throughout the presentation.
  • Prerequisite: Three years+ business or public firm experience at mid-level within the organization, preparing complex tax forms and schedules for S Corporations; supervisory authority over other preparers/accountants. Specific knowledge and understanding of IRC standards on "reasonable compensation for actively participating shareholders; familiarity with the Affordable Care Act provisions regarding reporting of health insurance payments on behalf of shareholder-employees.

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