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2011 tax filing deadline Publication 541 - Main Content Table of Contents Forming a PartnershipOrganizations Classified as Partnerships Family Partnership Partnership Agreement Terminating a PartnershipIRS e-file (Electronic Filing) Exclusion From Partnership Rules Partnership Return (Form 1065) Partnership DistributionsSubstantially appreciated inventory items. 2011 tax filing deadline Partner's Gain or Loss Partner's Basis for Distributed Property Transactions Between Partnership and PartnersGuaranteed Payments Sale or Exchange of Property Contribution of Property Contribution of Services Basis of Partner's InterestAdjusted Basis Effect of Partnership Liabilities Disposition of Partner's InterestSale, Exchange, or Other Transfer Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items Liquidation at Partner's Retirement or Death Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA)Partnership Item. 2011 tax filing deadline Small Partnerships and the Small Partnership Exception Small Partnership TEFRA Election Role of Tax Matters Partner (TMP) in TEFRA Proceedings Statute of Limitations and TEFRA Amended Returns and Administrative Adjustment Requests (AARs) How To Get Tax Help Forming a Partnership The following sections contain general information about partnerships. 2011 tax filing deadline Organizations Classified as Partnerships An unincorporated organization with two or more members is generally classified as a partnership for federal tax purposes if its members carry on a trade, business, financial operation, or venture and divide its profits. 2011 tax filing deadline However, a joint undertaking merely to share expenses is not a partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline For example, co-ownership of property maintained and rented or leased is not a partnership unless the co-owners provide services to the tenants. 2011 tax filing deadline The rules you must use to determine whether an organization is classified as a partnership changed for organizations formed after 1996. 2011 tax filing deadline Organizations formed after 1996. 2011 tax filing deadline   An organization formed after 1996 is classified as a partnership for federal tax purposes if it has two or more members and it is none of the following. 2011 tax filing deadline An organization formed under a federal or state law that refers to it as incorporated or as a corporation, body corporate, or body politic. 2011 tax filing deadline An organization formed under a state law that refers to it as a joint-stock company or joint-stock association. 2011 tax filing deadline An insurance company. 2011 tax filing deadline Certain banks. 2011 tax filing deadline An organization wholly owned by a state, local, or foreign government. 2011 tax filing deadline An organization specifically required to be taxed as a corporation by the Internal Revenue Code (for example, certain publicly traded partnerships). 2011 tax filing deadline Certain foreign organizations identified in section 301. 2011 tax filing deadline 7701-2(b)(8) of the regulations. 2011 tax filing deadline A tax-exempt organization. 2011 tax filing deadline A real estate investment trust. 2011 tax filing deadline An organization classified as a trust under section 301. 2011 tax filing deadline 7701-4 of the regulations or otherwise subject to special treatment under the Internal Revenue Code. 2011 tax filing deadline Any other organization that elects to be classified as a corporation by filing Form 8832. 2011 tax filing deadline For more information, see the instructions for Form 8832. 2011 tax filing deadline Limited liability company. 2011 tax filing deadline   A limited liability company (LLC) is an entity formed under state law by filing articles of organization as an LLC. 2011 tax filing deadline Unlike a partnership, none of the members of an LLC are personally liable for its debts. 2011 tax filing deadline An LLC may be classified for federal income tax purposes as either a partnership, a corporation, or an entity disregarded as an entity separate from its owner by applying the rules in Regulations section 301. 2011 tax filing deadline 7701-3. 2011 tax filing deadline See Form 8832 and section 301. 2011 tax filing deadline 7701-3 of the regulations for more details. 2011 tax filing deadline A domestic LLC with at least two members that does not file Form 8832 is classified as a partnership for federal income tax purposes. 2011 tax filing deadline Organizations formed before 1997. 2011 tax filing deadline   An organization formed before 1997 and classified as a partnership under the old rules will generally continue to be classified as a partnership as long as the organization has at least two members and does not elect to be classified as a corporation by filing Form 8832. 2011 tax filing deadline Community property. 2011 tax filing deadline    Spouses who own a qualified entity (defined later) can choose to classify the entity as a partnership for federal tax purposes by filing the appropriate partnership tax returns. 2011 tax filing deadline They can choose to classify the entity as a sole proprietorship by filing a Schedule C (Form 1040) listing one spouse as the sole proprietor. 2011 tax filing deadline A change in reporting position will be treated for federal tax purposes as a conversion of the entity. 2011 tax filing deadline   A qualified entity is a business entity that meets all the following requirements. 2011 tax filing deadline The business entity is wholly owned by spouses as community property under the laws of a state, a foreign country, or a possession of the United States. 2011 tax filing deadline No person other than one or both spouses would be considered an owner for federal tax purposes. 2011 tax filing deadline The business entity is not treated as a corporation. 2011 tax filing deadline   For more information about community property, see Publication 555, Community Property. 2011 tax filing deadline Publication 555 discusses the community property laws of Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. 2011 tax filing deadline Family Partnership Members of a family can be partners. 2011 tax filing deadline However, family members (or any other person) will be recognized as partners only if one of the following requirements is met. 2011 tax filing deadline If capital is a material income-producing factor, they acquired their capital interest in a bona fide transaction (even if by gift or purchase from another family member), actually own the partnership interest, and actually control the interest. 2011 tax filing deadline If capital is not a material income-producing factor, they joined together in good faith to conduct a business. 2011 tax filing deadline They agreed that contributions of each entitle them to a share in the profits, and some capital or service has been (or is) provided by each partner. 2011 tax filing deadline Capital is material. 2011 tax filing deadline   Capital is a material income-producing factor if a substantial part of the gross income of the business comes from the use of capital. 2011 tax filing deadline Capital is ordinarily an income-producing factor if the operation of the business requires substantial inventories or investments in plants, machinery, or equipment. 2011 tax filing deadline Capital is not material. 2011 tax filing deadline   In general, capital is not a material income-producing factor if the income of the business consists principally of fees, commissions, or other compensation for personal services performed by members or employees of the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Capital interest. 2011 tax filing deadline   A capital interest in a partnership is an interest in its assets that is distributable to the owner of the interest in either of the following situations. 2011 tax filing deadline The owner withdraws from the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership liquidates. 2011 tax filing deadline   The mere right to share in earnings and profits is not a capital interest in the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Gift of capital interest. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a family member (or any other person) receives a gift of a capital interest in a partnership in which capital is a material income-producing factor, the donee's distributive share of partnership income is subject to both of the following restrictions. 2011 tax filing deadline It must be figured by reducing the partnership income by reasonable compensation for services the donor renders to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline The donee's distributive share of partnership income attributable to donated capital must not be proportionately greater than the donor's distributive share attributable to the donor's capital. 2011 tax filing deadline Purchase. 2011 tax filing deadline   For purposes of determining a partner's distributive share, an interest purchased by one family member from another family member is considered a gift from the seller. 2011 tax filing deadline The fair market value of the purchased interest is considered donated capital. 2011 tax filing deadline For this purpose, members of a family include only spouses, ancestors, and lineal descendants (or a trust for the primary benefit of those persons). 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline A father sold 50% of his business to his son. 2011 tax filing deadline The resulting partnership had a profit of $60,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Capital is a material income-producing factor. 2011 tax filing deadline The father performed services worth $24,000, which is reasonable compensation, and the son performed no services. 2011 tax filing deadline The $24,000 must be allocated to the father as compensation. 2011 tax filing deadline Of the remaining $36,000 of profit due to capital, at least 50%, or $18,000, must be allocated to the father since he owns a 50% capital interest. 2011 tax filing deadline The son's share of partnership profit cannot be more than $18,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Business owned and operated by spouses. 2011 tax filing deadline   If spouses carry on a business together and share in the profits and losses, they may be partners whether or not they have a formal partnership agreement. 2011 tax filing deadline If so, they should report income or loss from the business on Form 1065. 2011 tax filing deadline They should not report the income on a Schedule C (Form 1040) in the name of one spouse as a sole proprietor. 2011 tax filing deadline However, the spouses can elect not to treat the joint venture as a partnership by making a Qualified Joint Venture Election. 2011 tax filing deadline Qualified Joint Venture Election. 2011 tax filing deadline   A "qualified joint venture," whose only members are spouses filing a joint return, can elect not to be treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes. 2011 tax filing deadline A qualified joint venture conducts a trade or business where: the only members of the joint venture are spouses filing jointly; both spouses elect not to be treated as a partnership; both spouses materially participate in the trade or business (see Passive Activity Limitations in the Instructions for Form 1065 for a definition of material participation); and the business is co-owned by both spouses and is not held in the name of a state law entity such as a partnership or LLC. 2011 tax filing deadline   Under this election, a qualified joint venture conducted by spouses who file a joint return is not treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes and therefore does not have a Form 1065 filing requirement. 2011 tax filing deadline All items of income, gain, deduction, loss, and credit are divided between the spouses based on their respective interests in the venture. 2011 tax filing deadline Each spouse takes into account his or her respective share of these items as a sole proprietor. 2011 tax filing deadline Each spouse would account for his or her respective share on the appropriate form, such as Schedule C (Form 1040). 2011 tax filing deadline For purposes of determining net earnings from self-employment, each spouse's share of income or loss from a qualified joint venture is taken into account just as it is for federal income tax purposes (i. 2011 tax filing deadline e. 2011 tax filing deadline , based on their respective interests in the venture). 2011 tax filing deadline   If the spouses do not make the election to treat their respective interests in the joint venture as sole proprietorships, each spouse should carry his or her share of the partnership income or loss from Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) to their joint or separate Form(s) 1040. 2011 tax filing deadline Each spouse should include his or her respective share of self-employment income on a separate Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax. 2011 tax filing deadline   This generally does not increase the total tax on the return, but it does give each spouse credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based. 2011 tax filing deadline However, this may not be true if either spouse exceeds the social security tax limitation. 2011 tax filing deadline   For more information on qualified joint ventures, go to IRS. 2011 tax filing deadline gov, enter “Election for Qualified Joint Ventures” in the search box and select the link reading “Election for Husband and Wife Unincorporated Businesses. 2011 tax filing deadline ” Partnership Agreement The partnership agreement includes the original agreement and any modifications. 2011 tax filing deadline The modifications must be agreed to by all partners or adopted in any other manner provided by the partnership agreement. 2011 tax filing deadline The agreement or modifications can be oral or written. 2011 tax filing deadline Partners can modify the partnership agreement for a particular tax year after the close of the year but not later than the date for filing the partnership return for that year. 2011 tax filing deadline This filing date does not include any extension of time. 2011 tax filing deadline If the partnership agreement or any modification is silent on any matter, the provisions of local law are treated as part of the agreement. 2011 tax filing deadline Terminating a Partnership A partnership terminates when one of the following events takes place. 2011 tax filing deadline All its operations are discontinued and no part of any business, financial operation, or venture is continued by any of its partners in a partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline At least 50% of the total interest in partnership capital and profits is sold or exchanged within a 12-month period, including a sale or exchange to another partner. 2011 tax filing deadline Unlike other partnerships, an electing large partnership does not terminate on the sale or exchange of 50% or more of the partnership interests within a 12-month period. 2011 tax filing deadline See section 1. 2011 tax filing deadline 708-1(b) of the regulations for more information on the termination of a partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline For special rules that apply to a merger, consolidation, or division of a partnership, see sections 1. 2011 tax filing deadline 708-1(c) and 1. 2011 tax filing deadline 708-1(d) of the regulations. 2011 tax filing deadline Date of termination. 2011 tax filing deadline   The partnership's tax year ends on the date of termination. 2011 tax filing deadline For the event described in (1), above, the date of termination is the date the partnership completes the winding up of its affairs. 2011 tax filing deadline For the event described in (2), above, the date of termination is the date of the sale or exchange of a partnership interest that, by itself or together with other sales or exchanges in the preceding 12 months, transfers an interest of 50% or more in both capital and profits. 2011 tax filing deadline Short period return. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a partnership is terminated before the end of what would otherwise be its tax year, Form 1065 must be filed for the short period, which is the period from the beginning of the tax year through the date of termination. 2011 tax filing deadline The return is due the 15th day of the fourth month following the date of termination. 2011 tax filing deadline See Partnership Return (Form 1065), later, for information about filing Form 1065. 2011 tax filing deadline Conversion of partnership into limited liability company (LLC). 2011 tax filing deadline   The conversion of a partnership into an LLC classified as a partnership for federal tax purposes does not terminate the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline The conversion is not a sale, exchange, or liquidation of any partnership interest; the partnership's tax year does not close; and the LLC can continue to use the partnership's taxpayer identification number. 2011 tax filing deadline   However, the conversion may change some of the partners' bases in their partnership interests if the partnership has recourse liabilities that become nonrecourse liabilities. 2011 tax filing deadline Because the partners share recourse and nonrecourse liabilities differently, their bases must be adjusted to reflect the new sharing ratios. 2011 tax filing deadline If a decrease in a partner's share of liabilities exceeds the partner's basis, he or she must recognize gain on the excess. 2011 tax filing deadline For more information, see Effect of Partnership Liabilities under Basis of Partner's Interest, later. 2011 tax filing deadline   The same rules apply if an LLC classified as a partnership is converted into a partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline IRS e-file (Electronic Filing) Please click here for the text description of the image. 2011 tax filing deadline e-file Certain partnerships with more than 100 partners are required to file Form 1065, Schedules K-1, and related forms and schedules electronically (e-file). 2011 tax filing deadline Other partnerships generally have the option to file electronically. 2011 tax filing deadline For details about IRS e-file, see the Form 1065 instructions. 2011 tax filing deadline Exclusion From Partnership Rules Certain partnerships that do not actively conduct a business can choose to be completely or partially excluded from being treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes. 2011 tax filing deadline All the partners must agree to make the choice, and the partners must be able to compute their own taxable income without computing the partnership's income. 2011 tax filing deadline However, the partners are not exempt from the rule that limits a partner's distributive share of partnership loss to the adjusted basis of the partner's partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline Nor are they exempt from the requirement of a business purpose for adopting a tax year for the partnership that differs from its required tax year. 2011 tax filing deadline Investing partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   An investing partnership can be excluded if the participants in the joint purchase, retention, sale, or exchange of investment property meet all the following requirements. 2011 tax filing deadline They own the property as co-owners. 2011 tax filing deadline They reserve the right separately to take or dispose of their shares of any property acquired or retained. 2011 tax filing deadline They do not actively conduct business or irrevocably authorize some person acting in a representative capacity to purchase, sell, or exchange the investment property. 2011 tax filing deadline Each separate participant can delegate authority to purchase, sell, or exchange his or her share of the investment property for the time being for his or her account, but not for a period of more than a year. 2011 tax filing deadline Operating agreement partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   An operating agreement partnership group can be excluded if the participants in the joint production, extraction, or use of property meet all the following requirements. 2011 tax filing deadline They own the property as co-owners, either in fee or under lease or other form of contract granting exclusive operating rights. 2011 tax filing deadline They reserve the right separately to take in kind or dispose of their shares of any property produced, extracted, or used. 2011 tax filing deadline They do not jointly sell services or the property produced or extracted. 2011 tax filing deadline Each separate participant can delegate authority to sell his or her share of the property produced or extracted for the time being for his or her account, but not for a period of time in excess of the minimum needs of the industry, and in no event for more than one year. 2011 tax filing deadline However, this exclusion does not apply to an unincorporated organization one of whose principal purposes is cycling, manufacturing, or processing for persons who are not members of the organization. 2011 tax filing deadline Electing the exclusion. 2011 tax filing deadline   An eligible organization that wishes to be excluded from the partnership rules must make the election not later than the time for filing the partnership return for the first tax year for which exclusion is desired. 2011 tax filing deadline This filing date includes any extension of time. 2011 tax filing deadline See Regulations section 1. 2011 tax filing deadline 761-2(b) for the procedures to follow. 2011 tax filing deadline Partnership Return (Form 1065) Every partnership that engages in a trade or business or has gross income must file an information return on Form 1065 showing its income, deductions, and other required information. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership return must show the names and addresses of each partner and each partner's distributive share of taxable income. 2011 tax filing deadline The return must be signed by a general partner. 2011 tax filing deadline If a limited liability company is treated as a partnership, it must file Form 1065 and one of its members must sign the return. 2011 tax filing deadline A partnership is not considered to engage in a trade or business, and is not required to file a Form 1065, for any tax year in which it neither receives income nor pays or incurs any expenses treated as deductions or credits for federal income tax purposes. 2011 tax filing deadline See the Instructions for Form 1065 for more information about who must file Form 1065. 2011 tax filing deadline Partnership Distributions Partnership distributions include the following. 2011 tax filing deadline A withdrawal by a partner in anticipation of the current year's earnings. 2011 tax filing deadline A distribution of the current year's or prior years' earnings not needed for working capital. 2011 tax filing deadline A complete or partial liquidation of a partner's interest. 2011 tax filing deadline A distribution to all partners in a complete liquidation of the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline A partnership distribution is not taken into account in determining the partner's distributive share of partnership income or loss. 2011 tax filing deadline If any gain or loss from the distribution is recognized by the partner, it must be reported on his or her return for the tax year in which the distribution is received. 2011 tax filing deadline Money or property withdrawn by a partner in anticipation of the current year's earnings is treated as a distribution received on the last day of the partnership's tax year. 2011 tax filing deadline Effect on partner's basis. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner's adjusted basis in his or her partnership interest is decreased (but not below zero) by the money and adjusted basis of property distributed to the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline See Adjusted Basis under Basis of Partner's Interest, later. 2011 tax filing deadline Effect on partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partnership generally does not recognize any gain or loss because of distributions it makes to partners. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership may be able to elect to adjust the basis of its undistributed property. 2011 tax filing deadline Certain distributions treated as a sale or exchange. 2011 tax filing deadline   When a partnership distributes the following items, the distribution may be treated as a sale or exchange of property rather than a distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline Unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory items distributed in exchange for any part of the partner's interest in other partnership property, including money. 2011 tax filing deadline Other property (including money) distributed in exchange for any part of a partner's interest in unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory items. 2011 tax filing deadline   See Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items under Disposition of Partner's Interest, later. 2011 tax filing deadline   This treatment does not apply to the following distributions. 2011 tax filing deadline A distribution of property to the partner who contributed the property to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Payments made to a retiring partner or successor in interest of a deceased partner that are the partner's distributive share of partnership income or guaranteed payments. 2011 tax filing deadline Substantially appreciated inventory items. 2011 tax filing deadline   Inventory items of the partnership are considered to have appreciated substantially in value if, at the time of the distribution, their total fair market value is more than 120% of the partnership's adjusted basis for the property. 2011 tax filing deadline However, if a principal purpose for acquiring inventory property is to avoid ordinary income treatment by reducing the appreciation to less than 120%, that property is excluded. 2011 tax filing deadline Partner's Gain or Loss A partner generally recognizes gain on a partnership distribution only to the extent any money (and marketable securities treated as money) included in the distribution exceeds the adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Any gain recognized is generally treated as capital gain from the sale of the partnership interest on the date of the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline If partnership property (other than marketable securities treated as money) is distributed to a partner, he or she generally does not recognize any gain until the sale or other disposition of the property. 2011 tax filing deadline For exceptions to these rules, see Distribution of partner's debt and Net precontribution gain, later. 2011 tax filing deadline Also, see Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items under Disposition of Partner's Interest, later. 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline The adjusted basis of Jo's partnership interest is $14,000. 2011 tax filing deadline She receives a distribution of $8,000 cash and land that has an adjusted basis of $2,000 and a fair market value of $3,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Because the cash received does not exceed the basis of her partnership interest, Jo does not recognize any gain on the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline Any gain on the land will be recognized when she sells or otherwise disposes of it. 2011 tax filing deadline The distribution decreases the adjusted basis of Jo's partnership interest to $4,000 [$14,000 − ($8,000 + $2,000)]. 2011 tax filing deadline Marketable securities treated as money. 2011 tax filing deadline   Generally, a marketable security distributed to a partner is treated as money in determining whether gain is recognized on the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline This treatment, however, does not generally apply if that partner contributed the security to the partnership or an investment partnership made the distribution to an eligible partner. 2011 tax filing deadline   The amount treated as money is the security's fair market value when distributed, reduced (but not below zero) by the excess (if any) of: The partner's distributive share of the gain that would be recognized had the partnership sold all its marketable securities at their fair market value immediately before the transaction resulting in the distribution, over The partner's distributive share of the gain that would be recognized had the partnership sold all such securities it still held after the distribution at the fair market value in (1). 2011 tax filing deadline   For more information, including the definition of marketable securities, see section 731(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. 2011 tax filing deadline Loss on distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner does not recognize loss on a partnership distribution unless all the following requirements are met. 2011 tax filing deadline The adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership exceeds the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's entire interest in the partnership is liquidated. 2011 tax filing deadline The distribution is in money, unrealized receivables, or inventory items. 2011 tax filing deadline   There are exceptions to these general rules. 2011 tax filing deadline See the following discussions. 2011 tax filing deadline Also, see Liquidation at Partner's Retirement or Death under Disposition of Partner's Interest, later. 2011 tax filing deadline Distribution of partner's debt. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a partnership acquires a partner's debt and extinguishes the debt by distributing it to the partner, the partner will recognize capital gain or loss to the extent the fair market value of the debt differs from the basis of the debt (determined under the rules discussed in Partner's Basis for Distributed Property, later). 2011 tax filing deadline   The partner is treated as having satisfied the debt for its fair market value. 2011 tax filing deadline If the issue price (adjusted for any premium or discount) of the debt exceeds its fair market value when distributed, the partner may have to include the excess amount in income as canceled debt. 2011 tax filing deadline   Similarly, a deduction may be available to a corporate partner if the fair market value of the debt at the time of distribution exceeds its adjusted issue price. 2011 tax filing deadline Net precontribution gain. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner generally must recognize gain on the distribution of property (other than money) if the partner contributed appreciated property to the partnership during the 7-year period before the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline   The gain recognized is the lesser of the following amounts. 2011 tax filing deadline The excess of: The fair market value of the property received in the distribution, over The adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership immediately before the distribution, reduced (but not below zero) by any money received in the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline The “net precontribution gain” of the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline This is the net gain the partner would recognize if all the property contributed by the partner within 7 years of the distribution, and held by the partnership immediately before the distribution, were distributed to another partner, other than a partner who owns more than 50% of the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline For information about the distribution of contributed property to another partner, see Contribution of Property , under Transactions Between Partnership and Partners, later. 2011 tax filing deadline   The character of the gain is determined by reference to the character of the net precontribution gain. 2011 tax filing deadline This gain is in addition to any gain the partner must recognize if the money distributed is more than his or her basis in the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline For these rules, the term “money” includes marketable securities treated as money, as discussed earlier. 2011 tax filing deadline Effect on basis. 2011 tax filing deadline   The adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership is increased by any net precontribution gain recognized by the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline Other than for purposes of determining the gain, the increase is treated as occurring immediately before the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline See Basis of Partner's Interest , later. 2011 tax filing deadline   The partnership must adjust its basis in any property the partner contributed within 7 years of the distribution to reflect any gain that partner recognizes under this rule. 2011 tax filing deadline Exceptions. 2011 tax filing deadline   Any part of a distribution that is property the partner previously contributed to the partnership is not taken into account in determining the amount of the excess distribution or the partner's net precontribution gain. 2011 tax filing deadline For this purpose, the partner's previously contributed property does not include a contributed interest in an entity to the extent its value is due to property contributed to the entity after the interest was contributed to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   Recognition of gain under this rule also does not apply to a distribution of unrealized receivables or substantially appreciated inventory items if the distribution is treated as a sale or exchange, as discussed earlier. 2011 tax filing deadline Partner's Basis for Distributed Property Unless there is a complete liquidation of a partner's interest, the basis of property (other than money) distributed to the partner by a partnership is its adjusted basis to the partnership immediately before the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline However, the basis of the property to the partner cannot be more than the adjusted basis of his or her interest in the partnership reduced by any money received in the same transaction. 2011 tax filing deadline Example 1. 2011 tax filing deadline The adjusted basis of Emily's partnership interest is $30,000. 2011 tax filing deadline She receives a distribution of property that has an adjusted basis of $20,000 to the partnership and $4,000 in cash. 2011 tax filing deadline Her basis for the property is $20,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Example 2. 2011 tax filing deadline The adjusted basis of Steve's partnership interest is $10,000. 2011 tax filing deadline He receives a distribution of $4,000 cash and property that has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $8,000. 2011 tax filing deadline His basis for the distributed property is limited to $6,000 ($10,000 − $4,000, the cash he receives). 2011 tax filing deadline Complete liquidation of partner's interest. 2011 tax filing deadline   The basis of property received in complete liquidation of a partner's interest is the adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership reduced by any money distributed to the partner in the same transaction. 2011 tax filing deadline Partner's holding period. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner's holding period for property distributed to the partner includes the period the property was held by the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline If the property was contributed to the partnership by a partner, then the period it was held by that partner is also included. 2011 tax filing deadline Basis divided among properties. 2011 tax filing deadline   If the basis of property received is the adjusted basis of the partner's interest in the partnership (reduced by money received in the same transaction), it must be divided among the properties distributed to the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline For property distributed after August 5, 1997, allocate the basis using the following rules. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocate the basis first to unrealized receivables and inventory items included in the distribution by assigning a basis to each item equal to the partnership's adjusted basis in the item immediately before the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline If the total of these assigned bases exceeds the allocable basis, decrease the assigned bases by the amount of the excess. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocate any remaining basis to properties other than unrealized receivables and inventory items by assigning a basis to each property equal to the partnership's adjusted basis in the property immediately before the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline If the allocable basis exceeds the total of these assigned bases, increase the assigned bases by the amount of the excess. 2011 tax filing deadline If the total of these assigned bases exceeds the allocable basis, decrease the assigned bases by the amount of the excess. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocating a basis increase. 2011 tax filing deadline   Allocate any basis increase required in rule (2), above, first to properties with unrealized appreciation to the extent of the unrealized appreciation. 2011 tax filing deadline If the basis increase is less than the total unrealized appreciation, allocate it among those properties in proportion to their respective amounts of unrealized appreciation. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocate any remaining basis increase among all the properties in proportion to their respective fair market values. 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Eun's basis in her partnership interest is $55,000. 2011 tax filing deadline In a distribution in liquidation of her entire interest, she receives properties A and B, neither of which is inventory or unrealized receivables. 2011 tax filing deadline Property A has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $5,000 and a fair market value of $40,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Property B has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $10,000 and a fair market value of $10,000. 2011 tax filing deadline To figure her basis in each property, Eun first assigns bases of $5,000 to property A and $10,000 to property B (their adjusted bases to the partnership). 2011 tax filing deadline This leaves a $40,000 basis increase (the $55,000 allocable basis minus the $15,000 total of the assigned bases). 2011 tax filing deadline She first allocates $35,000 to property A (its unrealized appreciation). 2011 tax filing deadline The remaining $5,000 is allocated between the properties based on their fair market values. 2011 tax filing deadline $4,000 ($40,000/$50,000) is allocated to property A and $1,000 ($10,000/$50,000) is allocated to property B. 2011 tax filing deadline Eun's basis in property A is $44,000 ($5,000 + $35,000 + $4,000) and her basis in property B is $11,000 ($10,000 + $1,000). 2011 tax filing deadline Allocating a basis decrease. 2011 tax filing deadline   Use the following rules to allocate any basis decrease required in rule (1) or rule (2), earlier. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocate the basis decrease first to items with unrealized depreciation to the extent of the unrealized depreciation. 2011 tax filing deadline If the basis decrease is less than the total unrealized depreciation, allocate it among those items in proportion to their respective amounts of unrealized depreciation. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocate any remaining basis decrease among all the items in proportion to their respective assigned basis amounts (as decreased in (1)). 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Armando's basis in his partnership interest is $20,000. 2011 tax filing deadline In a distribution in liquidation of his entire interest, he receives properties C and D, neither of which is inventory or unrealized receivables. 2011 tax filing deadline Property C has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $15,000 and a fair market value of $15,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Property D has an adjusted basis to the partnership of $15,000 and a fair market value of $5,000. 2011 tax filing deadline To figure his basis in each property, Armando first assigns bases of $15,000 to property C and $15,000 to property D (their adjusted bases to the partnership). 2011 tax filing deadline This leaves a $10,000 basis decrease (the $30,000 total of the assigned bases minus the $20,000 allocable basis). 2011 tax filing deadline He allocates the entire $10,000 to property D (its unrealized depreciation). 2011 tax filing deadline Armando's basis in property C is $15,000 and his basis in property D is $5,000 ($15,000 − $10,000). 2011 tax filing deadline Distributions before August 6, 1997. 2011 tax filing deadline   For property distributed before August 6, 1997, allocate the basis using the following rules. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocate the basis first to unrealized receivables and inventory items included in the distribution to the extent of the partnership's adjusted basis in those items. 2011 tax filing deadline If the partnership's adjusted basis in those items exceeded the allocable basis, allocate the basis among the items in proportion to their adjusted bases to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocate any remaining basis to other distributed properties in proportion to their adjusted bases to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Partner's interest more than partnership basis. 2011 tax filing deadline   If the basis of a partner's interest to be divided in a complete liquidation of the partner's interest is more than the partnership's adjusted basis for the unrealized receivables and inventory items distributed, and if no other property is distributed to which the partner can apply the remaining basis, the partner has a capital loss to the extent of the remaining basis of the partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline Special adjustment to basis. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner who acquired any part of his or her partnership interest in a sale or exchange or upon the death of another partner may be able to choose a special basis adjustment for property distributed by the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline To choose the special adjustment, the partner must have received the distribution within 2 years after acquiring the partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline Also, the partnership must not have chosen the optional adjustment to basis when the partner acquired the partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a partner chooses this special basis adjustment, the partner's basis for the property distributed is the same as it would have been if the partnership had chosen the optional adjustment to basis. 2011 tax filing deadline However, this assigned basis is not reduced by any depletion or depreciation that would have been allowed or allowable if the partnership had previously chosen the optional adjustment. 2011 tax filing deadline   The choice must be made with the partner's tax return for the year of the distribution if the distribution includes any property subject to depreciation, depletion, or amortization. 2011 tax filing deadline If the choice does not have to be made for the distribution year, it must be made with the return for the first year in which the basis of the distributed property is pertinent in determining the partner's income tax. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner choosing this special basis adjustment must attach a statement to his or her tax return that the partner chooses under section 732(d) of the Internal Revenue Code to adjust the basis of property received in a distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline The statement must show the computation of the special basis adjustment for the property distributed and list the properties to which the adjustment has been allocated. 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Chin Ho purchased a 25% interest in X partnership for $17,000 cash. 2011 tax filing deadline At the time of the purchase, the partnership owned inventory having a basis to the partnership of $14,000 and a fair market value of $16,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Thus, $4,000 of the $17,000 he paid was attributable to his share of inventory with a basis to the partnership of $3,500. 2011 tax filing deadline Within 2 years after acquiring his interest, Chin Ho withdrew from the partnership and for his entire interest received cash of $1,500, inventory with a basis to the partnership of $3,500, and other property with a basis of $6,000. 2011 tax filing deadline The value of the inventory received was 25% of the value of all partnership inventory. 2011 tax filing deadline (It is immaterial whether the inventory he received was on hand when he acquired his interest. 2011 tax filing deadline ) Since the partnership from which Chin Ho withdrew did not make the optional adjustment to basis, he chose to adjust the basis of the inventory received. 2011 tax filing deadline His share of the partnership's basis for the inventory is increased by $500 (25% of the $2,000 difference between the $16,000 fair market value of the inventory and its $14,000 basis to the partnership at the time he acquired his interest). 2011 tax filing deadline The adjustment applies only for purposes of determining his new basis in the inventory, and not for purposes of partnership gain or loss on disposition. 2011 tax filing deadline The total to be allocated among the properties Chin Ho received in the distribution is $15,500 ($17,000 basis of his interest − $1,500 cash received). 2011 tax filing deadline His basis in the inventory items is $4,000 ($3,500 partnership basis + $500 special adjustment). 2011 tax filing deadline The remaining $11,500 is allocated to his new basis for the other property he received. 2011 tax filing deadline Mandatory adjustment. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner does not always have a choice of making this special adjustment to basis. 2011 tax filing deadline The special adjustment to basis must be made for a distribution of property (whether or not within 2 years after the partnership interest was acquired) if all the following conditions existed when the partner received the partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline The fair market value of all partnership property (other than money) was more than 110% of its adjusted basis to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline If there had been a liquidation of the partner's interest immediately after it was acquired, an allocation of the basis of that interest under the general rules (discussed earlier under Basis divided among properties) would have decreased the basis of property that could not be depreciated, depleted, or amortized and increased the basis of property that could be. 2011 tax filing deadline The optional basis adjustment, if it had been chosen by the partnership, would have changed the partner's basis for the property actually distributed. 2011 tax filing deadline Required statement. 2011 tax filing deadline   Generally, if a partner chooses a special basis adjustment and notifies the partnership, or if the partnership makes a distribution for which the special basis adjustment is mandatory, the partnership must provide a statement to the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline The statement must provide information necessary for the partner to compute the special basis adjustment. 2011 tax filing deadline Marketable securities. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner's basis in marketable securities received in a partnership distribution, as determined in the preceding discussions, is increased by any gain recognized by treating the securities as money. 2011 tax filing deadline See Marketable securities treated as money under Partner's Gain or Loss, earlier. 2011 tax filing deadline The basis increase is allocated among the securities in proportion to their respective amounts of unrealized appreciation before the basis increase. 2011 tax filing deadline Transactions Between Partnership and Partners For certain transactions between a partner and his or her partnership, the partner is treated as not being a member of the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline These transactions include the following. 2011 tax filing deadline Performing services for, or transferring property to, a partnership if: There is a related allocation and distribution to a partner, and The entire transaction, when viewed together, is properly characterized as occurring between the partnership and a partner not acting in the capacity of a partner. 2011 tax filing deadline Transferring money or other property to a partnership if: There is a related transfer of money or other property by the partnership to the contributing partner or another partner, and The transfers together are properly characterized as a sale or exchange of property. 2011 tax filing deadline Payments by accrual basis partnership to cash basis partner. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partnership that uses an accrual method of accounting cannot deduct any business expense owed to a cash basis partner until the amount is paid. 2011 tax filing deadline However, this rule does not apply to guaranteed payments made to a partner, which are generally deductible when accrued. 2011 tax filing deadline Guaranteed Payments Guaranteed payments are those made by a partnership to a partner that are determined without regard to the partnership's income. 2011 tax filing deadline A partnership treats guaranteed payments for services, or for the use of capital, as if they were made to a person who is not a partner. 2011 tax filing deadline This treatment is for purposes of determining gross income and deductible business expenses only. 2011 tax filing deadline For other tax purposes, guaranteed payments are treated as a partner's distributive share of ordinary income. 2011 tax filing deadline Guaranteed payments are not subject to income tax withholding. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership generally deducts guaranteed payments on line 10 of Form 1065 as a business expense. 2011 tax filing deadline They are also listed on Schedules K and K-1 of the partnership return. 2011 tax filing deadline The individual partner reports guaranteed payments on Schedule E (Form 1040) as ordinary income, along with his or her distributive share of the partnership's other ordinary income. 2011 tax filing deadline Guaranteed payments made to partners for organizing the partnership or syndicating interests in the partnership are capital expenses. 2011 tax filing deadline Generally, organizational and syndication expenses are not deductible by the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline However, a partnership can elect to deduct a portion of its organizational expenses and amortize the remaining expenses (see Business start-up and organizational costs in the Instructions for Form 1065). 2011 tax filing deadline Organizational expenses (if the election is not made) and syndication expenses paid to partners must be reported on the partners' Schedule K-1 as guaranteed payments. 2011 tax filing deadline Minimum payment. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a partner is to receive a minimum payment from the partnership, the guaranteed payment is the amount by which the minimum payment is more than the partner's distributive share of the partnership income before taking into account the guaranteed payment. 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Under a partnership agreement, Divya is to receive 30% of the partnership income, but not less than $8,000. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership has net income of $20,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Divya's share, without regard to the minimum guarantee, is $6,000 (30% × $20,000). 2011 tax filing deadline The guaranteed payment that can be deducted by the partnership is $2,000 ($8,000 − $6,000). 2011 tax filing deadline Divya's income from the partnership is $8,000, and the remaining $12,000 of partnership income will be reported by the other partners in proportion to their shares under the partnership agreement. 2011 tax filing deadline If the partnership net income had been $30,000, there would have been no guaranteed payment since her share, without regard to the guarantee, would have been greater than the guarantee. 2011 tax filing deadline Self-employed health insurance premiums. 2011 tax filing deadline   Premiums for health insurance paid by a partnership on behalf of a partner, for services as a partner, are treated as guaranteed payments. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership can deduct the payments as a business expense, and the partner must include them in gross income. 2011 tax filing deadline However, if the partnership accounts for insurance paid for a partner as a reduction in distributions to the partner, the partnership cannot deduct the premiums. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner who qualifies can deduct 100% of the health insurance premiums paid by the partnership on his or her behalf as an adjustment to income. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner cannot deduct the premiums for any calendar month, or part of a month, in which the partner is eligible to participate in any subsidized health plan maintained by any employer of the partner, the partner's spouse, the partner's dependents, or any children under age 27 who are not dependents. 2011 tax filing deadline For more information on the self-employed health insurance deduction, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. 2011 tax filing deadline Including payments in partner's income. 2011 tax filing deadline   Guaranteed payments are included in income in the partner's tax year in which the partnership's tax year ends. 2011 tax filing deadline Example 1. 2011 tax filing deadline Under the terms of a partnership agreement, Erica is entitled to a fixed annual payment of $10,000 without regard to the income of the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Her distributive share of the partnership income is 10%. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership has $50,000 of ordinary income after deducting the guaranteed payment. 2011 tax filing deadline She must include ordinary income of $15,000 ($10,000 guaranteed payment + $5,000 ($50,000 × 10%) distributive share) on her individual income tax return for her tax year in which the partnership's tax year ends. 2011 tax filing deadline Example 2. 2011 tax filing deadline Lamont is a calendar year taxpayer who is a partner in a partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership uses a fiscal year that ended January 31, 2013. 2011 tax filing deadline Lamont received guaranteed payments from the partnership from February 1, 2012, until December 31, 2012. 2011 tax filing deadline He must include these guaranteed payments in income for 2013 and report them on his 2013 income tax return. 2011 tax filing deadline Payments resulting in loss. 2011 tax filing deadline   If guaranteed payments to a partner result in a partnership loss in which the partner shares, the partner must report the full amount of the guaranteed payments as ordinary income. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner separately takes into account his or her distributive share of the partnership loss, to the extent of the adjusted basis of the partner's partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline Sale or Exchange of Property Special rules apply to a sale or exchange of property between a partnership and certain persons. 2011 tax filing deadline Losses. 2011 tax filing deadline   Losses will not be allowed from a sale or exchange of property (other than an interest in the partnership) directly or indirectly between a partnership and a person whose direct or indirect interest in the capital or profits of the partnership is more than 50%. 2011 tax filing deadline   If the sale or exchange is between two partnerships in which the same persons directly or indirectly own more than 50% of the capital or profits interests in each partnership, no deduction of a loss is allowed. 2011 tax filing deadline   The basis of each partner's interest in the partnership is decreased (but not below zero) by the partner's share of the disallowed loss. 2011 tax filing deadline   If the purchaser later sells the property, only the gain realized that is greater than the loss not allowed will be taxable. 2011 tax filing deadline If any gain from the sale of the property is not recognized because of this rule, the basis of each partner's interest in the partnership is increased by the partner's share of that gain. 2011 tax filing deadline Gains. 2011 tax filing deadline   Gains are treated as ordinary income in a sale or exchange of property directly or indirectly between a person and a partnership, or between two partnerships, if both of the following tests are met. 2011 tax filing deadline More than 50% of the capital or profits interest in the partnership(s) is directly or indirectly owned by the same person(s). 2011 tax filing deadline The property in the hands of the transferee immediately after the transfer is not a capital asset. 2011 tax filing deadline Property that is not a capital asset includes accounts receivable, inventory, stock-in-trade, and depreciable or real property used in a trade or business. 2011 tax filing deadline More than 50% ownership. 2011 tax filing deadline   To determine if there is more than 50% ownership in partnership capital or profits, the following rules apply. 2011 tax filing deadline An interest directly or indirectly owned by, or for, a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust is considered to be owned proportionately by, or for, its shareholders, partners, or beneficiaries. 2011 tax filing deadline An individual is considered to own the interest directly or indirectly owned by, or for, the individual's family. 2011 tax filing deadline For this rule, “family” includes only brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, spouses, ancestors, and lineal descendants. 2011 tax filing deadline If a person is considered to own an interest using rule (1), that person (the “constructive owner”) is treated as if actually owning that interest when rules (1) and (2) are applied. 2011 tax filing deadline However, if a person is considered to own an interest using rule (2), that person is not treated as actually owning that interest in reapplying rule (2) to make another person the constructive owner. 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Individuals A and B and Trust T are equal partners in Partnership ABT. 2011 tax filing deadline A's husband, AH, is the sole beneficiary of Trust T. 2011 tax filing deadline Trust T's partnership interest will be attributed to AH only for the purpose of further attributing the interest to A. 2011 tax filing deadline As a result, A is a more-than-50% partner. 2011 tax filing deadline This means that any deduction for losses on transactions between her and ABT will not be allowed, and gain from property that in the hands of the transferee is not a capital asset is treated as ordinary, rather than capital, gain. 2011 tax filing deadline More information. 2011 tax filing deadline   For more information on these special rules, see Sales and Exchanges Between Related Persons in chapter 2 of Publication 544. 2011 tax filing deadline Contribution of Property Usually, neither the partner nor the partnership recognizes a gain or loss when property is contributed to the partnership in exchange for a partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline This applies whether a partnership is being formed or is already operating. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership's holding period for the property includes the partner's holding period. 2011 tax filing deadline The contribution of limited partnership interests in one partnership for limited partnership interests in another partnership qualifies as a tax-free contribution of property to the second partnership if the transaction is made for business purposes. 2011 tax filing deadline The exchange is not subject to the rules explained later under Disposition of Partner's Interest. 2011 tax filing deadline Disguised sales. 2011 tax filing deadline   A contribution of money or other property to the partnership followed by a distribution of different property from the partnership to the partner is treated not as a contribution and distribution, but as a sale of property, if both of the following tests are met. 2011 tax filing deadline The distribution would not have been made but for the contribution. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's right to the distribution does not depend on the success of partnership operations. 2011 tax filing deadline   All facts and circumstances are considered in determining if the contribution and distribution are more properly characterized as a sale. 2011 tax filing deadline However, if the contribution and distribution occur within 2 years of each other, the transfers are presumed to be a sale unless the facts clearly indicate that the transfers are not a sale. 2011 tax filing deadline If the contribution and distribution occur more than 2 years apart, the transfers are presumed not to be a sale unless the facts clearly indicate that the transfers are a sale. 2011 tax filing deadline Form 8275 required. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner must attach Form 8275, Disclosure Statement, (or other statement) to his or her return if the partner contributes property to a partnership and, within 2 years (before or after the contribution), the partnership transfers money or other consideration to the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline For exceptions to this requirement, see section 1. 2011 tax filing deadline 707-3(c)(2) of the regulations. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partnership must attach Form 8275 (or other statement) to its return if it distributes property to a partner, and, within 2 years (before or after the distribution), the partner transfers money or other consideration to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   Form 8275 must include the following information. 2011 tax filing deadline A caption identifying the statement as a disclosure under section 707 of the Internal Revenue Code. 2011 tax filing deadline A description of the transferred property or money, including its value. 2011 tax filing deadline A description of any relevant facts in determining if the transfers are properly viewed as a disguised sale. 2011 tax filing deadline See section 1. 2011 tax filing deadline 707-3(b)(2) of the regulations for a description of the facts and circumstances considered in determining if the transfers are a disguised sale. 2011 tax filing deadline Contribution to partnership treated as investment company. 2011 tax filing deadline   Gain is recognized when property is contributed (in exchange for an interest in the partnership) to a partnership that would be treated as an investment company if it were incorporated. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partnership is generally treated as an investment company if over 80% of the value of its assets is held for investment and consists of certain readily marketable items. 2011 tax filing deadline These items include money, stocks and other equity interests in a corporation, and interests in regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts. 2011 tax filing deadline For more information, see section 351(e)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and the related regulations. 2011 tax filing deadline Whether a partnership is treated as an investment company under this test is ordinarily determined immediately after the transfer of property. 2011 tax filing deadline   This rule applies to limited partnerships and general partnerships, regardless of whether they are privately formed or publicly syndicated. 2011 tax filing deadline Contribution to foreign partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   A domestic partnership that contributed property after August 5, 1997, to a foreign partnership in exchange for a partnership interest may have to file Form 8865 if either of the following apply. 2011 tax filing deadline Immediately after the contribution, the partnership owned, directly or indirectly, at least a 10% interest in the foreign partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline The fair market value of the property contributed to the foreign partnership, when added to other contributions of property made to the partnership during the preceding 12-month period, is greater than $100,000. 2011 tax filing deadline   The partnership may also have to file Form 8865, even if no contributions are made during the tax year, if it owns a 10% or more interest in a foreign partnership at any time during the year. 2011 tax filing deadline See the form instructions for more information. 2011 tax filing deadline Basis of contributed property. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a partner contributes property to a partnership, the partnership's basis for determining depreciation, depletion, gain, or loss for the property is the same as the partner's adjusted basis for the property when it was contributed, increased by any gain recognized by the partner at the time of contribution. 2011 tax filing deadline Allocations to account for built-in gain or loss. 2011 tax filing deadline   The fair market value of property at the time it is contributed may be different from the partner's adjusted basis. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership must allocate among the partners any income, deduction, gain, or loss on the property in a manner that will account for the difference. 2011 tax filing deadline This rule also applies to contributions of accounts payable and other accrued but unpaid items of a cash basis partner. 2011 tax filing deadline   The partnership can use different allocation methods for different items of contributed property. 2011 tax filing deadline A single reasonable method must be consistently applied to each item, and the overall method or combination of methods must be reasonable. 2011 tax filing deadline See section 1. 2011 tax filing deadline 704-3 of the regulations for allocation methods generally considered reasonable. 2011 tax filing deadline   If the partnership sells contributed property and recognizes gain or loss, built-in gain or loss is allocated to the contributing partner. 2011 tax filing deadline If contributed property is subject to depreciation or other cost recovery, the allocation of deductions for these items takes into account built-in gain or loss on the property. 2011 tax filing deadline However, the total depreciation, depletion, gain, or loss allocated to partners cannot be more than the depreciation or depletion allowable to the partnership or the gain or loss realized by the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Areta and Sofia formed an equal partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline Areta contributed $10,000 in cash to the partnership and Sofia contributed depreciable property with a fair market value of $10,000 and an adjusted basis of $4,000. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership's basis for depreciation is limited to the adjusted basis of the property in Sofia's hands, $4,000. 2011 tax filing deadline In effect, Areta purchased an undivided one-half interest in the depreciable property with her contribution of $10,000. 2011 tax filing deadline Assuming that the depreciation rate is 10% a year under the General Depreciation System (GDS), she would have been entitled to a depreciation deduction of $500 per year, based on her interest in the partnership, if the adjusted basis of the property equaled its fair market value when contributed. 2011 tax filing deadline To simplify this example, the depreciation deductions are determined without regard to any first-year depreciation conventions. 2011 tax filing deadline However, since the partnership is allowed only $400 per year of depreciation (10% of $4,000), no more than $400 can be allocated between the partners. 2011 tax filing deadline The entire $400 must be allocated to Areta. 2011 tax filing deadline Distribution of contributed property to another partner. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a partner contributes property to a partnership and the partnership distributes the property to another partner within 7 years of the contribution, the contributing partner must recognize gain or loss on the distribution. 2011 tax filing deadline   The recognized gain or loss is the amount the contributing partner would have recognized if the property had been sold for its fair market value when it was distributed. 2011 tax filing deadline This amount is the difference between the property's basis and its fair market value at the time of contribution. 2011 tax filing deadline The character of the gain or loss will be the same as the character of the gain or loss that would have resulted if the partnership had sold the property to the distributee partner. 2011 tax filing deadline Appropriate adjustments must be made to the adjusted basis of the contributing partner's partnership interest and to the adjusted basis of the property distributed to reflect the recognized gain or loss. 2011 tax filing deadline Disposition of certain contributed property. 2011 tax filing deadline   The following rules determine the character of the partnership's gain or loss on a disposition of certain types of contributed property. 2011 tax filing deadline Unrealized receivables. 2011 tax filing deadline If the property was an unrealized receivable in the hands of the contributing partner, any gain or loss on its disposition by the partnership is ordinary income or loss. 2011 tax filing deadline Unrealized receivables are defined later under Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items. 2011 tax filing deadline When reading the definition, substitute “partner” for “partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline ” Inventory items. 2011 tax filing deadline If the property was an inventory item in the hands of the contributing partner, any gain or loss on its disposition by the partnership within 5 years after the contribution is ordinary income or loss. 2011 tax filing deadline Inventory items are defined later in Payments for Unrealized Receivables and Inventory Items. 2011 tax filing deadline Capital loss property. 2011 tax filing deadline If the property was a capital asset in the contributing partner's hands, any loss on its disposition by the partnership within 5 years after the contribution is a capital loss. 2011 tax filing deadline The capital loss is limited to the amount by which the partner's adjusted basis for the property exceeded the property's fair market value immediately before the contribution. 2011 tax filing deadline Substituted basis property. 2011 tax filing deadline If the disposition of any of the property listed in (1), (2), or (3) is a nonrecognition transaction, these rules apply when the recipient of the property disposes of any substituted basis property (other than certain corporate stock) resulting from the transaction. 2011 tax filing deadline Contribution of Services A partner can acquire an interest in partnership capital or profits as compensation for services performed or to be performed. 2011 tax filing deadline Capital interest. 2011 tax filing deadline   A capital interest is an interest that would give the holder a share of the proceeds if the partnership's assets were sold at fair market value and the proceeds were distributed in a complete liquidation of the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline This determination generally is made at the time of receipt of the partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline The fair market value of such an interest received by a partner as compensation for services must generally be included in the partner's gross income in the first tax year in which the partner can transfer the interest or the interest is not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. 2011 tax filing deadline The capital interest transferred as compensation for services is subject to the rules for restricted property discussed in Publication 525 under Employee Compensation. 2011 tax filing deadline   The fair market value of an interest in partnership capital transferred to a partner as payment for services to the partnership is a guaranteed payment, discussed earlier. 2011 tax filing deadline Profits interest. 2011 tax filing deadline   A profits interest is a partnership interest other than a capital interest. 2011 tax filing deadline If a person receives a profits interest for providing services to, or for the benefit of, a partnership in a partner capacity or in anticipation of being a partner, the receipt of such an interest is not a taxable event for the partner or the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline However, this does not apply in the following situations. 2011 tax filing deadline The profits interest relates to a substantially certain and predictable stream of income from partnership assets, such as income from high-quality debt securities or a high-quality net lease. 2011 tax filing deadline Within 2 years of receipt, the partner disposes of the profits interest. 2011 tax filing deadline The profits interest is a limited partnership interest in a publicly traded partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   A profits interest transferred as compensation for services is not subject to the rules for restricted property that apply to capital interests. 2011 tax filing deadline Basis of Partner's Interest The basis of a partnership interest is the money plus the adjusted basis of any property the partner contributed. 2011 tax filing deadline If the partner must recognize gain as a result of the contribution, this gain is included in the basis of his or her interest. 2011 tax filing deadline Any increase in a partner's individual liabilities because of an assumption of partnership liabilities is considered a contribution of money to the partnership by the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline Interest acquired by gift, etc. 2011 tax filing deadline   If a partner acquires an interest in a partnership by gift, inheritance, or under any circumstance other than by a contribution of money or property to the partnership, the partner's basis must be determined using the basis rules described in Publication 551. 2011 tax filing deadline Adjusted Basis There is a worksheet for adjusting the basis of a partner's interest in the partnership in the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1 (Form 1065). 2011 tax filing deadline The basis of an interest in a partnership is increased or decreased by certain items. 2011 tax filing deadline Increases. 2011 tax filing deadline   A partner's basis is increased by the following items. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's additional contributions to the partnership, including an increased share of, or assumption of, partnership liabilities. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's distributive share of taxable and nontaxable partnership income. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's distributive share of the excess of the deductions for depletion over the basis of the depletable property, unless the property is oil or gas wells whose basis has been allocated to partners. 2011 tax filing deadline Decreases. 2011 tax filing deadline   The partner's basis is decreased (but never below zero) by the following items. 2011 tax filing deadline The money (including a decreased share of partnership liabilities or an assumption of the partner's individual liabilities by the partnership) and adjusted basis of property distributed to the partner by the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's distributive share of the partnership losses (including capital losses). 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's distributive share of nondeductible partnership expenses that are not capital expenditures. 2011 tax filing deadline This includes the partner's share of any section 179 expenses, even if the partner cannot deduct the entire amount on his or her individual income tax return. 2011 tax filing deadline The partner's deduction for depletion for any partnership oil and gas wells, up to the proportionate share of the adjusted basis of the wells allocated to the partner. 2011 tax filing deadline Partner's liabilities assumed by partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline   If contributed property is subject to a debt or if a partner's liabilities are assumed by the partnership, the basis of that partner's interest is reduced (but not below zero) by the liability assumed by the other partners. 2011 tax filing deadline This partner must reduce his or her basis because the assumption of the liability is treated as a distribution of money to that partner. 2011 tax filing deadline The other partners' assumption of the liability is treated as a contribution by them of money to the partnership. 2011 tax filing deadline See Effect of Partnership Liabilities , later. 2011 tax filing deadline Example 1. 2011 tax filing deadline Ivan acquired a 20% interest in a partnership by contributing property that had an adjusted basis to him of $8,000 and a $4,000 mortgage. 2011 tax filing deadline The partnership assumed payment of the mortgage. 2011 tax filing deadline The basis of Ivan's interest is: Adjusted basis of contributed property $8,000 Minus: Part of mortgage assumed by other partners (80% × $4,000) 3,200 Basis of Ivan's partnership interest $4,800 Example 2. 2011 tax filing deadline If, in Example 1, the contributed property had a $12,000 mortgage, the basis of Ivan's partnership interest would be zero. 2011 tax filing deadline The $1,600 difference between the mortgage assumed by the other partners, $9,600 (80% × $12,000), and his basis of $8,000 would be treated as capital gain from the sale or exchange of a partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline However, this gain would not increase the basis of his partnership interest. 2011 tax filing deadline Book value of partner's interest. 2011 tax filing deadline   The adjusted basis of a partner's interest is determined without considering any amount shown in the partnership books as a capital, equity, or similar account. 2011 tax filing deadline Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Enzo contributes to his partnership property that has an adjusted basis of $400 and a fair market value of $1,000. 2011 tax filing deadline His partner contributes $1,000 cash. 2011 tax filing deadline While each partner has increased his capital account by $1,000, which will be re
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Free File: About the Free File Alliance

The Free File Alliance is a group of industry-leading private-sector tax preparation companies that have agreed to provide free commercial online tax preparation and electronic filing. All Alliance members must meet our rigorous standards for security and privacy.
 

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One initiative, IRS Free File, instructed the IRS to provide free and secure online tax return preparation and filing services to taxpayers. In accordance with this OMB directive, we worked in partnership with the tax software industry to develop a solution. The result was the formation of the Free File Alliance, LLC.

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Private industry, with established expertise and experience in electronic tax preparation, has a proven track record in providing the best technology and services available. 

Some private sector firms have offered free e-filing to select taxpayer groups for several years; how is this approach different?
Free File offers a multi-year agreement between IRS and the Free File Alliance to provide free service(s) to more taxpayers. Previously, free offerings were not consistently available and were subject to modification or discontinuation from year-to-year.

With Free File, taxpayers have easy access to IRS.gov, which offers a list of all free offerings on a single web page. Under our agreement, Free File Alliance companies offer both free preparation and free e-filing services. There is no cost to qualifying taxpayers. 

How are Free File program disputes solved?
We negotiate most issues before they become disputes. When necessary, we use binding arbitration to resolve disagreements with the Free File Alliance, LLC, Alliance members or new market entrants. In accordance with IRS guidance, binding arbitration before the General Services Board of Contract Appeals is used to resolve disputes under Article VIII of the Memorandum of Understanding on Service Standards and Disputes between IRS and the Alliance. Binding arbitration may be invoked by an Alliance member or new market entrant for various reasons. As a result, we are able to achieve our goal of providing effective, efficient and fair resolution of Free File program related controversies.
 

Note: We do not endorse any individual Free File Alliance company. While the IRS manages the content of the Free File pages accessible on IRS.gov, it does not retain any taxpayer information entered on the Free File site.

Agreements
Free File Alliance Information
Free On-Line Electronic Tax filing Agreement Amendment - 2009
Free On-Line Electronic Tax Filing Agreement Amendment - 2005
Free On-Line Electronic Filing Agreement - 2002

Memorandums of Understanding 
File (Fifth) Memorandum of Understanding - 2010

Free File (Fourth) Memorandum of Understanding - 2009
Free File (Third) Memorandum of Understanding - 2008
Free File (Second) Memorandum of Understanding - 2007
Free File (First) Memorandum of Understanding - 2006

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 16-Jan-2014

The 2011 Tax Filing Deadline

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Which Itemized Deductions Are Limited? Which Itemized Deductions Are Not Limited? How Do You Figure the Limit?Example. 2011 tax filing deadline Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications