Penalties for noncompliance with the law are steep. Under section 4958 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Intermediate Sanctions Act), any disqualified person receiving more than reasonable compensation is liable for an excise tax of 25% of the excess benefit amount, and if not corrected timely, an additional 200% of the excess benefit amount. Additionally, organization managers, including volunteer board members, are subject to a 10% excise tax on the benefit amount. The IRS offers a safe harbor for organizations that follow certain steps in approving compensation, so it is critical to follow these steps when determining compensation of disqualified persons.
Asiatico Law will assist you with designing compensation packages to attract and keep great talent, while maintaining compliance with federal law. Our executive compensation services include: