Employee Compensation and Benefits 2016 - 4 CPE Credit Hours
The various ideas, methods, and techniques to optimize the overall compensation package for key employees and principals are examined in this mini-course. Generally, businesses may deduct employees’ pay including wages, salaries, and other perks. Certain fringe benefits that can provide an unusually tax favored manner of supplementing compensation are described and evaluated. In addition, equity participation is explored through stock sales, repurchase agreements, incentive stock options, ESOT’s, stock options, and bonuses. Finally, deferred compensation arrangements are investigated. The goal of this mini course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of types of compensation necessary to structure a compensation package minimizing tax liabilities and cost.
Completion Deadline & Exam: This course, including the examination, must be completed within one year of the date of purchase. In addition, unless otherwise indicated, no correct or incorrect feedback for any exam question will be provided.
Course Level: Overview. This program is appropriate for professionals at all organizational levels.
Field of Study: Taxes
Prerequisite: General understanding of federal income taxation.
Recommended Credits: 4 CPE Hours
Advanced Preparation: None
Learning Assignment & Objectives
As a result of studying the assigned materials, you should be able to meet the objectives listed below.
At the start of the material, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Wages, salary & pay
* Tests for deducting pay to employees
* Selected types of compensation
* Payroll taxes
* Selected fringe benefits
* Interest-free & below-market loans
* Equity participation
* Advantages of nonqualified deferred compensation
* Funded company account plans
* Segregated asset plans
After reading the materials, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the common-law rules used by the IRS to determine whether a person is an employee for purposes of FICA, FUTA and federal income tax withholding.
2. Recognize employee and officer compensation deductibility factors and the related employment taxes and reporting obligations to ensure compliance with regulations.
3. Identify fringe benefits noting those that provide deductible incentive based employee compensation.
4. Specify the equity incentive opportunities available to employers showing the variety, tax treatment, and use of stock plans.
5. Recognize the use of deferred compensation agreements to attain compensation and retirement objectives.
After studying the materials, answer the exam questions 1 to 20.