Passthroughs

Sec. 743(b) adjustments: Shortcuts and surprises

This discussion considers reasons the purchaser of a partnership may want to rethink the use of such shortcuts when estimating the federal income tax consequences associated with a Sec. 743(b) adjustment in an acquired partnership interest.

Tax savings opportunities from the CARES Act

This article summarizes business and individual tax provisions of the CARES Act, emergency legislation designed to speed relief to employers and individuals who are struggling due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

LLC mergers

When advising on a merger of LLCs, tax advisers must consider the application of state merger law, the continuity of the merged entities, and whether the merger constitutes an assets-over or assets-up transaction.

Current developments in S corporations

This annual update on S corporations covers cases, regulations, and IRS rulings that have been issued in the last year, including the rules for eligible terminated S corporations.

Bottom-dollar payment obligations

In highly leveraged partnerships, bottom-dollar payment obligations have been used by partners to increase their at-risk basis in a partnership to use loss allocations or to receive nontaxable cash distributions.

Deduction for worthless partnership interest

A recent Tax Court case provides a road map for establishing the legal requirements needed to sustain a deduction for worthlessness, and reinforces the position that actual abandonment of a partnership interest is not required to claim a loss under Sec. 165(a).

Electing S status by an LLC

A limited liability company can elect to be classified as a corporation and elect S status by following the procedures discussed here.

Optimal choice of entity for the QBI deduction

The enactment of the Sec. 199A QBI deduction adds a new consideration to the form of entity analysis because the QBI deduction available to a business owner may vary depending on a business’s entity form. This article discusses the differences in calculating the QBI deduction for S corporations and LLCs in a variety of scenarios.

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.