Liquidating distribution partnership basis


Partnerships might distribute land, equipment or other property as part of the liquidation.While property generally keeps the same basis in the hands of a partner as the partnership, liquidation requires a different approach.Because the partnership is not a separate tax entity, any gains or losses pass through to the partners when the partnership liquidates.Liquidating distributions might generate capital gains, ordinary income, a loss or no effect at all.To recognize a loss, the partner’s basis has to exceed the distribution, and the distribution can only be money, unrealized receivables or inventory.Basis in a partnership is a moving target, requiring frequent adjustments.The newer forms, particularly the LLC, have many more entity characteristics, particularly when full advantage of the freedom to contract that is part of the latest revisions of the governing statutes in most commercial states is taken into account, so that it is hard to distinguish them from corporations. All but the traditional general partnership have limited liability, and a general partnership can, in most states, achieve limited liability by a simple filing to become an LLP, but, particularly for professionals that limited liability protects against vicarious liability but not against liability for one's own malpractice, including, of course malpractice in giving advice related to partnership tax matters. Distribution to Contributing Partner - Section 737 C. Certain Liquidating Distributions to Corporate Partners 2. Basis Allocations in a Series of Liquidating Distributions 4.



716-2nd, Partnerships—Current and Liquidating Distributions; Death or Retirement of a Partner, provides a detailed discussion of the tax consequences of distributions by partnerships to partners, including those arising from distributions of a partner's share of the results of partnership operations, and other distributions by the partnership that do not result in termination of the distributee's interest in the partnership even though accompanied by a change in the distributee's and remaining partners' shares of capital or profits and losses, whether in money or property—all called current distributions—and distributions of money or property on the withdrawal of a partner whether on death or withdrawal—called liquidating distributions. When the withdrawal is a result of death, there may be other collateral income and transfer tax consequences. Allocation of Section 734(b) Adjustment Among Partnership Assets a. Distributions, usually liquidating distributions, are important components of major partnership restructurings, including divisions, mergers, incorporations, and changes in legal form. Transfers After December 14, 1999 (1) Allocations Between Asset Classes (2) Allocations Within Asset Classes (3) Increases (4) Decreases (5) Special Rule for Stock of Corporate Partners: 755(c) (6) Requirement that Difference Between Value and Basis Be Reduced b. Timing of Basis Adjustments Caused by Liquidation of Partner's Interest 4. When partners form the business, they might contribute property that has changed in value since they purchased it.

Contributions to the formation of a partnership generally don’t require the partner to recognize any gain or loss.

To view this Portfolio, take a free trial to Bloomberg Tax Bloomberg Tax This Portfolio is available with a subscription to Bloomberg Tax, a comprehensive research solution including over 500 Tax Management Portfolios, practice tools, primary sources and timely news. 716-2nd, Partnerships — Current and Liquidating Distributions; Death or Retirement of a Partner, provides a detailed discussion of the tax consequences of distributions by partnerships to partners, including those arising from distributions of a partner's share of the results of partnership operations, and other distributions by the partnership that do not result in termination of the distributee's interest in the partnership even though accompanied by a change in the distributee's and remaining partners' shares of capital or profits and losses, whether in money or property — all called current distributions — and distributions of money or property on the withdrawal of a partner whether on death or withdrawal — called liquidating distributions.



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