Paul Price is the president and majority stockholder of Lightmore Communications, Inc Lightmore is a C corporation and has been extremely successful over the past 20 years. Paul travels extensively in connection with the business to meet with existing and prospective clients. Paul's wife, Laura, would be helpful to Paul in his business entertaining if she could accompany him on many of his business trips and, furthermore, she was unable to go on these trips in the past because of their children at home. Their youngest child is now in col- lege, and Laura's duties at home have diminished. During the current year, Laura has made a number of trips with Paul, but after conferring with the company's tax advisor, had been informed that Laura's expenses would not be deductible for tax purposes. The tax advisor suggested the possibility of putting Laura on the Lightmore payroll as an employee.
a. Would Laura's travel expenses be deductible if she was an employee of the corporation?
b. What other benefits would be available to Laura if she was an employee of the corporation?
c. Are there any detriments to putting Laura on the payroll?
A reimbursed expense is incorporated into gross income and deductible for adjusted gross income(AGI). If an... View the full answer