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4 Ways to Determine How To Pay Yourself From an S Corp

Small and mid-sized business tax preparation can be complicated, especially for those who have opted to run their business as an S Corp. Though converting to an S Corpenables businesses to save more money through taxation than a sole proprietorship, the IRS regulations around it are what makes it complex to navigate.

A benefit of an S Corp is the distributions you receive as an owner do not have payroll taxes withheld. However, the IRS requires the owner to become an employee for tax purposes, and, on top of that, take a “reasonable salary”. Over or underpaying yourself, or misrepresenting a salary as distributions, could result in costly penalties.

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