Reading court cases often reveals how taxpayers can best structure their business transactions. In the Tax Court case of Scott Singer Installations (T.C. Memo. 2016-161), the Court discussed the criteria used to determine whether Mr. Singer was an employee and if personal expenses paid by his S corporation on behalf of Mr. Singer should be treated as wages. Mr. Singer was the sole shareholder and president of his company and served as its sole corporate officer.
To grow his business, Mr. Singer established a home equity line of credit and advanced the entire HELOC to his business. He then refinanced his primary mortgage and advanced those funds to his corporation. He later took a general business LOC and advanced those funds to his company, and borrowed from his mother and her boyfriend. Mr. Singer treated every advance he made to his company [Read more…] about Is It a Loan, Contribution of Capital or Wages Paid?