Contributions, Distributions & Basis

Self-employment tax and LLCs

An LLC member’s distributive share of LLC income and loss from a trade or business is generally subject to self-employment tax, raising several issues around guaranteed payments, retirement payments, rental income, and members who are employees of the LLC.

Guaranteed payments vs. distributive share of income

For certain partners, the presumed preference for receiving a distributive share of income (including a priority profit allocation) may need further evaluation to determine how it coordinates with various international tax provisions.

Trusts as S corporation shareholders

Generally, a trust cannot hold stock of an S corporation; however, grantor trusts, testamentary trusts, voting trusts, ESBTs, and QSSTs are permissible S corporation shareholders (Sec. 1361(c)(2)).

Reporting aspects of Sec. 743(b) adjustments

Partnerships and their partners need to work closely to maintain strong communications to overcome challenges to information sharing and, ultimately, to computational matters and information reporting.

Carried interests regulations are finalized

The IRS finalized proposed regulations on certain carried interests to account for changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA extended from one year to three years the holding period for making carried interests eligible for capital gain treatment.

IRS proposes rules on carried interests

The IRS issued proposed regulations under Sec. 1061, enacted by the TCJA, which requires owners of certain partnership interests to hold them for three years to be eligible for capital gain treatment.

Tax Insider Articles


Business meal deductions after the TCJA

This article discusses the history of the deduction of business meal expenses and the new rules under the TCJA and the regulations and provides a framework for documenting and substantiating the deduction.


Quirks spurred by COVID-19 tax relief

This article discusses some procedural and administrative quirks that have emerged with the new tax legislative, regulatory, and procedural guidance related to COVID-19.