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How to amend tax return 2. How to amend tax return   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. How to amend tax return The pay may be in cash, property, or services. How to amend tax return It may include wages, salaries, bonuses, commissions, or other non-cash compensation such as vacation allowances and fringe benefits. How to amend tax return For information about deducting employment taxes, see chapter 5. How to amend tax return You can claim employment credits, such as the following, if you hire individuals who meet certain requirements. How to amend tax return Empowerment zone employment credit (Form 8844). How to amend tax return Indian employment credit (Form 8845). How to amend tax return Work opportunity credit (Form 5884). How to amend tax return Credit for employer differential wage payments (Form 8932). How to amend tax return Reduce your deduction for employee wages by the amount of employment credits you claim. How to amend tax return For more information about these credits, see the form on which the credit is claimed. How to amend tax return 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. 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How to amend tax return The cost of living in the locality. How to amend tax return The ability and achievements of the individual employee performing the service. How to amend tax return 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. How to amend tax return Your policy regarding pay for all your employees. How to amend tax return The history of pay for each employee. How to amend tax return Test 2—For Services Performed You must be able to prove the payment was made for services actually performed. How to amend tax return Employee-shareholder salaries. How to amend tax return   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. 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How to amend tax return   An achievement award is an item of tangible personal property that meets all the following requirements. How to amend tax return It is given to an employee for length of service or safety achievement. How to amend tax return It is awarded as part of a meaningful presentation. How to amend tax return It is awarded under conditions and circumstances that do not create a significant likelihood of disguised pay. How to amend tax return Length-of-service award. How to amend tax return    An award will qualify as a length-of-service award only if either of the following applies. How to amend tax return The employee receives the award after his or her first 5 years of employment. How to amend tax return 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. How to amend tax return Safety achievement award. 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How to amend tax return   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. How to amend tax return   A highly compensated employee is an employee who meets either of the following tests. How to amend tax return The employee was a 5% owner at any time during the year or the preceding year. How to amend tax return The employee received more than $115,000 in pay for the preceding year. How to amend tax return 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. How to amend tax return   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. How to amend tax return To figure this average cost, ignore awards of nominal value. 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How to amend tax return You may be able to exclude all or part of the value of some fringe benefits from your employees' pay. How to amend tax return You also may not owe employment taxes on the value of the fringe benefits. How to amend tax return See Table 2-1, Special Rules for Various Types of Fringe Benefits, in Publication 15-B for details. How to amend tax return 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. How to amend tax return Certain fringe benefits are discussed next. How to amend tax return See Publication 15-B for more details on these and other fringe benefits. How to amend tax return Meals and lodging. How to amend tax return   You can usually deduct the cost of furnishing meals and lodging to your employees. 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How to amend tax return 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. How to amend tax return Meals you furnish to your employees at the work site when you operate a restaurant or catering service. How to amend tax return Meals you furnish to your employees as part of the expense of providing recreational or social activities, such as a company picnic. How to amend tax return 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). How to amend tax return This does not include meals you furnish on vessels primarily providing luxury water transportation. How to amend tax return Meals you furnish on an oil or gas platform or drilling rig located offshore or in Alaska. How to amend tax return This includes meals you furnish at a support camp that is near and integral to an oil or gas drilling rig located in Alaska. How to amend tax return Employee benefit programs. How to amend tax return   Employee benefit programs include the following. How to amend tax return Accident and health plans. How to amend tax return Adoption assistance. How to amend tax return Cafeteria plans. How to amend tax return Dependent care assistance. How to amend tax return Education assistance. How to amend tax return Life insurance coverage. How to amend tax return Welfare benefit funds. How to amend tax return   You can generally deduct amounts you spend on employee benefit programs on the applicable line of your tax return. How to amend tax return 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. How to amend tax return ). How to amend tax return Life insurance coverage. How to amend tax return   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. How to amend tax return See Regulations section 1. How to amend tax return 264-1 for more information. How to amend tax return Welfare benefit funds. How to amend tax return   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. How to amend tax return Welfare benefits are any benefits other than deferred compensation or transfers of restricted property. How to amend tax return   Your deduction for contributions to a welfare benefit fund is limited to the fund's qualified cost for the tax year. How to amend tax return If your contributions to the fund are more than its qualified cost, carry the excess over to the next tax year. How to amend tax return   Generally, the fund's “qualified cost” is the total of the following amounts, reduced by the after-tax income of the fund. How to amend tax return The cost you would have been able to deduct using the cash method of accounting if you had paid for the benefits directly. How to amend tax return The contributions added to a reserve account that are needed to fund claims incurred but not paid as of the end of the year. How to amend tax return These claims can be for supplemental unemployment benefits, severance pay, or disability, medical, or life insurance benefits. How to amend tax return   For more information, see sections 419(c) and 419A of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. How to amend tax return 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. How to amend tax return However, if the employee performs no services, treat the amount you advanced as a loan. How to amend tax return If the employee does not repay the loan, treat it as income to the employee. How to amend tax return Below-market interest rate loans. How to amend tax return   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. How to amend tax return See Below-Market Loans in chapter 4. How to amend tax return Property If you transfer property (including your company's stock) to an employee as payment for services, you can generally deduct it as wages. 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