There is no gift tax on gift upto $12K per person.
Am I correct in understanding that I pay no taxes on the 22K that my Subchapter S will be giving as a gift to my two children and they will not have to pay taxes on it either?
Gift from S Corp will be considered as a distribution from you(presuming you own it 100%) and gift from you to them. S Corp will not get any deduction or tax benefit from this gift.
Also, the two children will not pay any taxes on the gift. There is no tax on the recipient of the gift.
Let me know if you have any question.
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Yes, S corporation can give those but these will be included as wages for the employees as discussed below--
There are two types of employee achievement award plans, tax qualified and non tax qualified. A tax qualified employee achievement award plan is an established written plan that does not discriminate or favor highly compensated employees. A tax qualified employee achievement award plan can deduct up to $1,600 for all employee achievement awards to the same employee on it's tax return during a taxable year. The average cost of all employee achievement awards during the tax year for all employees cannot exceed $400.
For a non tax qualified employee achievement award plans the tax deduction limit on the employer's tax return is $400 for each employee.