In the world of executive compensation, Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) limits the deduction that a publicly held corporation can claim in any tax year for compensation paid a top executive to $1 million, with several exceptions. Two recent Internal Revenue Service rulings explored these exceptions.In Rev. Rul. 2008-13, the IRS reversed its position regarding the availability of the performance-based exception from the million-dollar cap if payment may be made in the event of involuntary termination, even if the performance standards discussed below are met. Rev. Rul. 2008-32 deals with whether a director can be an outside director for Sec. 162(m) purposes after briefly serving as an interim chief executive.

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