Since 1995, Stephen Kirkland has provided analyses, reports and expert testimony on reasonable compensation for business owners, executives, professionals, trustees and directors.  Their employers included professional service firms, closely-held businesses, hospitals and other tax-exempt organizations across the United States.


 Stephen Kirkland's 2017 Presentations


  • Planning
    Helping companies and non-profits determine reasonable and fair market value pay levels for executives and other key employees.
  • Expert Testimony
    Providing expert witness testimony in U.S. Tax Court and other court cases.
  • Opinion Letters
    Providing comparability data and opinion letters for hospital executives, physicians, non-profit managers, directors, business owners, and other executives.
  • Specialized Services
    Stephen Kirkland helps businesses and non-profits prepare for IRS audits and appeals conferences involving compensation issues.  He also helps determine: guaranty fees for those who personally guarantee corporate debts and/or leases,…

Challenges to "reasonable" compensation are among the most common, and most complex, issues raised in IRS audits of closely-held businesses and tax-exempt organizations.  Similar issues arise in shareholder disputes and business valuations.

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