Questions on Health Insurance for Shareholder in S Corporation


Some benefits for a major shareholder of a S Corporation cannot be deducted
as expenses of the S Corporation. For example, the cost of health
insurance for the shareholder - if paid for by the S Corporation - is passed
through to the shareholder, where he will take that as a deduction on the
personal return. My question is what does the accounting for this look
like on the books of the S Corporation, and how does this affect shareholder
basis?
Does the S Corporation do a journal entry to remove the health insurance as
an expense, and to move it to the shareholder as a distribution?
Does the shareholder reduce his basis in the S Corporation by the amount of
the health insurance distribution?
Reply to
nobody
"nobody" wrote
Please keep in mind that items that are legitimate and proper deductions for financial reporting aren't always deductible for tax purposes.
The "S" Corp can book an accounting expense for the health insurance for the shareholder. They can not take a ~tax~ deduction for that expense. There would be an adjustment on the M-1 for this, as well as for contributions, and other items that were taken for financial purposes that differ for tax purposes.
Reply to
Paul Thomas, CPA
On Aug 18, 9:07?am, "Paul Thomas, CPA" wrote:
Hey, Whoa, Slow down. What about the very very very very complicated rules for health insurance premiums paid by an S corporation for its 2%-or-more shareholder-employees and treated as "SE health insurance premiums" by those 2%-or-more shareholder-employees. The insurance premium expense is definitely deductible, as compensation to the shareholder-employee, and it's included as compensation on his W-2 and the accounting on the corporation's tax books is pretty straight- forward. The premium is deductible as a current (compensation) expense and lowers the taxable ordinary income of the corporation, and all the shareholders' shares of K-1 ordinary income/loss. Huge amounts of taxpayer and gummint time and effort have been invested in working this out, over and over, and explaining it and re-explaining it....
Reply to
LoTax
Also let's remember that corporations can't pay health insurance for shareholders. ONLY if a shareholder might also be an employee of the corporation can it be done.
ChEAr$, Harlan Lunsford, EA n LA
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Harlan Lunsford

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