It’s not unusual for an S Corporation to find that contributions to the company’s ESOP and 401(k) plans might exceed a deduction limit, particularly if the ESOP is leveraged. The combined deduction limit is limited to 25% of eligible compensation paid during the company’s fiscal year.
So your company makes deposits to its ESOP to provide the funds needed for debt service and distributions. You remember that your third party administrator (TPA) mentioned something last year about your company contributions being just within your deduction limit. It might be time to look at funding your ESOP with contributions and S Corporation distributions.
What does this mean to your ESOP?