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Top five trends in compensation


Employers 06.04.2018 2 MIN READ

 

Ayco’s Jonathan Barber-vice president, Tax Policy & Research is a subject matter specialist in compensation and benefits. He recently shared his observations on the top 5 compensation trends that he is currently seeing in Corporate America. Is your company considering these compensation strategies?


1. Encouraging employees to review withholding in light of tax reform

Tax reform resulted in considerable changes to tax rates, exemptions and to the itemized deduction rules. Employees need to review the impact such changes will have on their overall income tax liability to make sure they are not over- or under-withholding on their pay.

2. Reviewing possible changes to executive compensation design given 162(m) changes

Companies must determine if the loss of the performance exception among other key adverse changes to this deduction will change the way they compensate executives going forward.

3. Possible resurgence of incentive stock options (ISOs)

The combination of reduced corporate income tax rates making it less costly for a company to offer such awards and the increased Alternate Minimum Tax exemption making such awards even more attractive to an employee from a tax perspective will likely result in companies considering ISOs as a form of compensation to employees to remain competitive and attract new talent.

4. Reviewing relocation plans due to the elimination of the Qualified Moving Expense Income Exclusion

Qualified moving expenses paid by an employer are no longer excludable from an employee’s income. It is important for companies to make sure tax assistance polices now include such additional expenses where the goal is to make sure the employee is not out-of-pocket for the move in any way.

5. Optimizing the new Section 83(i) election available for private companies

Tax reform introduced a valuable tax deferral opportunity for eligible stock delivered to qualified employees. The tax deferral opportunity is available when private companies make broad based (to greater than 80% of employees) stock or option transfers. 

 

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