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Draws By an Owner Employee from a Closely Held Business

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Taxes - Technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  ACPEN Tax Institute |  Tax |  IRS Approved
Bradley Burnett, J.D., LL.M.
Course Levels:
2 Hours
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IRS loves to attack payments from closely held businesses to owners, particularly owner employees.  The story is as old as the hills, but lately it plays out with some unexpected twists and turns.  Lessons learned from recent developments provide meaningful guidance as to how to structure to achieve optimal tax treatment of such draws.

This course was updated on April 3rd, 2019


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Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • To empower the participant to understand each context within which draws by owner employees from their closely held businesses are taxed 
  • To master how to structure such payments for best tax results

Major Subjects
  • How the rules for owner draws from C corps, S corps, partnerships, LLCs and sole proprietorships differ by context
  • Trends in reasonable compensation for C corps, S corps and partnerships
  • IRS' recent attack on "reasonable rents" (how do you figure a "reasonable rent" anyway?)
  • Structuring a reasonably low salary from an S corp
  • Structuring a reasonably low guaranteed payment from a partnership (can it even be done?)
  • Recent case instructing how a loan to an S corp can be repaid (by the S corp) (even when the repayment pays the shareholder's personal expenses)
  • How other taxpayers fail big on the loan repayment argument
  • IRS' recent constructive dividend frenzy in Tax Court
  • How C corps may not be as bad as you think
  • How S corps are faring better in the courts than partnerships currently (in avoiding employment tax) and what to do about it
  • Proper structure of loans and "capital to loan" ratios to keep it clean

Course Materials


Bradley Burnett, J.D., LL.M. Related seminars and products: 18

Bradley Burnett, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), is a practicing Colorado tax attorney with 33 years of tax practice experience. His practice emphasis is on tax planning and tax controversy resolution. He also prepares a handful of tax returns.

Prior to establishing his own law firm in 1990, he practiced tax accounting with national and local CPA firms, worked as trust officer for a Denver bank and managed the tax department as partner in a medium-sized Denver law firm. After receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting and law degree (J.D.), he earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Denver School of Law Graduate Tax Program.

Mr. Burnett has delivered more than 3,000 presentations on U.S. tax law throughout all fifty U.S. states, Washington, D.C., the Bahamas, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Canada. He has authored texts of 35 CPE courses.

Bradley served as adjunct professor at the University of Denver School of Law Graduate Tax Program, where he pioneered an Employment Tax course and occasionally pinch hit teaching the IRS Practice and Procedure topic.  He has appeared on television answering tax questions for call-in viewers of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA Channel 9.  Brad received the Illinois Society of CPAs Instructor Excellence Award for teaching in Chicago and five times has been the top rated, most requested instructor for CPA Society annual tax conferences.

Burnett’s seminar style is to deliver the subject matter in briskly paced, enthusiastic and witty fashion. His forte’ is the candid communication of practical ideas relating to tax law.


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Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Any person desiring to properly structure the draw of cash or property from a closely held business to its owner (typically owner employee) to achieve intended tax results
Original Recording Date 04/03/2019
Yellow Book No
Course Developer Bradley Burnett Tax Seminars, Ltd.
Date Added to Catalog 02/19/19

Additional Information

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