CPE Self-Study

Advanced Tax Strategies for LLCs and Partnerships

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What works best for your client? Learn the pros and cons of the LLC, general partnership, limited partnership, and limited liability partnership by focusing on planning and potential tax traps. This CPE course offers a review of distinct advantages of these entities coupled with an examination of the risk members and partners face if they do not have a solid tax plan to minimize their exposure. In addition, we will explore some of the more intricate rules and regulations of these entities so you can move your working knowledge of partnership and LLC taxation beyond the basics.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to do the following:

  • Analyze a partnership or LLC agreement to determine whether any special allocations in the agreement will be allowed under Code Section 704(b)
  • Identify the potential economic consequences of special allocations to a partner or LLC member
  • Identify the potential tax consequences when a partner or LLC member has a negative balance in his or her capital account
  • Recognize the relationship between partnership and LLC allocations of profit and loss and the allocation of the risks and rewards of entity operations
  • Distinguish between the requirements for substantiality and those for economic effect under the regulations
  • Distinguish between "book" allocations required under Section 704(b) and "tax" allocations required under Section 704(c)
  • Recognize the three methods described in the Section 704(c) regulations to make special allocations with respect to contributed property
  • Determine when a non-contributing partner or LLC member will or will not be protected by required allocations under Section 704(c)
  • Calculate the gain that can result from reallocation of liabilities when a partner joins a partnership
  • Calculate a partner's or member's share of recourse liabilities of a partnership or LLC
  • Distinguish between recourse and nonrecourse liabilities of a partnership or LLC
  • Analyze the impact of a partner or LLC member's guarantee of a recourse or nonrecourse liability of the entity
  • Recognize when to treat a liability as a recognized versus contingent liability and understand how to account for partnership or LLC contingent liabilities
  • Calculate the basis of each property received by a partner receiving multiple properties in a liquidating vs. non-liquidating distribution from a partnership or LLC
  • Recognize which properties will receive a step-up or step-down in basis when multiple properties are received from a partnership or LLC
  • Allocate basis increases or decreases among multiple properties for federal income tax purposes
  • Determine when an Internal Revenue code (IRC) Section 754 election will allow a partnership or LLC to adjust its basis in its assets
  • Allocate required basis adjustments among partnership or LLC assets
  • Determine the tax consequences associated with the sale of a partner's or member's interest in a partnership or LLC
  • Recognize how using the installment method to account for the sale of a partnership interest will affect how the partner will report his or her gain on the sale
  • Recognize when the sale of an interest in a partnership will trigger a technical termination of the partnership
  • Determine the tax basis and holding period of assets owned by the partnership following a technical termination
  • Determine the tax consequences associated with subsequent dispositions of built-in gain or loss assets following a technical termination

Key Topics

  • Allocation of Partnership and LLC Income Under Section 704(b)
  • Allocations With Respect to Contributed Property: Section 704(c)(1)(A)
  • Allocation of Partnership Recourse Liabilities Under Section 752
  • Allocation of Partnership Nonrecourse Liabilities and Related Deductions Under Sections 752 and 704(b)
  • Advanced Distribution Rules
  • Adjustments to the Basis of Partnership or LLC Assets
  • Sale of an Interest in a Partnership or LLC

Who Will Benefit?

  • Managers and partners in public accounting who assist clients with tax planning for closely held LLCs and partnerships

Table of Contents

About the Authors

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA

Robert Ricketts, Ph.D., CPA

Robert Ricketts is the Director of the School of Accounting in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He has been a member of the Accounting faculty since 1988 and has held the Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation since 1999. Prior to earning his Ph.D., which he received from the University of North Texas in 1988, he worked for the Dallas office of Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) as a tax senior.

Ricketts' tax scholarship addresses a broad audience. He co-authors several courses on partnership taxation for the AICPA, and a forthcoming book on comparative taxation written by an international group of authors. He also contributes chapters to a leading undergraduate textbook on taxation, and has numerous academic publications on issues ranging from the risks of over-reliance on tax software to the response of multinational corporations to tax holiday legislation. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and works extensively with doctoral students. His love for students, and for Texas Tech, is well-known by students, colleagues and alumni across the world.

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About the AICPA The American Institute of CPAs is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.

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