Reasonable compensation refers to the amount of compensation paid to an employee or owner that is considered reasonable and appropriate for the services they provide, given their role, responsibilities, and the market value of their services.

For employees, reasonable compensation is typically determined by comparing their salary or wages to the compensation paid for similar jobs in the same industry, taking into account factors such as job duties, experience, and education. In some cases, the size and profitability of the business may also be considered.

For owners, reasonable compensation is determined based on the value of their services to the company, taking into account factors such as their role in the business, the hours they work, their experience and expertise, and the industry in which the business operates. The IRS and other tax authorities may also consider factors such as the company’s financial performance and industry standards when determining whether an owner’s compensation is reasonable.

It’s important to note that reasonable compensation can be a complex and subjective matter, and may be subject to scrutiny by tax authorities or in legal disputes. Business owners and employers should consult with a tax professional or attorney to ensure that compensation paid to employees and owners is reasonable and appropriate.