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July 2019

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Proprietors and Partners Mistakenly Pay Themselves Illegal W-2 Wages

Sole proprietors and partners who are above the Section 199A thresholds look for W-2 wages as a means to salvage the 20 percent deduction allowed by Section 199A.


They also often look enviously at the fringe benefits that are available to employees and not to them as sole proprietors or partners.


To overcome getting shorted on the Section 199A deduction or being denied fringe benefits, some sole proprietors and partners instruct their payroll services to make them W-2 employees.


When the payroll services do this, the proprietors and partners believe they are now legitimate employees of their proprietorships and partnerships. Wrong. ... Log in to view full article.

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