LLCs and LLPs

Active Members of an Investment Adviser LLC Are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel determined that actively working members of an investment management company formed as a limited liability company were not limited partners within the meaning of Sec. 1402(a)(13), and, thus, their net distributive shares of management fee income were subject to self-employment tax.

The Limited Liability Company Basis Limitation

Under Sec. 704(d), a member's allocable share of loss from a limited liability company (LLC) taxed as a partnership is deductible only to the extent of the member's outside basis in his or her LLC interest at the end of the LLC year. In determining a member's outside basis at year end, adjustments for increases and decreases are made in a specific order according to Regs. Sec. 1.704-1(d)(2).

Contributing Intangible Property to an LLC

While there usually is little difficulty in determining whether a contribution to a limited liability company consists of property, questions can arise when a contribution could be characterized as property created by a person’s services or services that create property for the LLC’s benefit.

LLC Distributions of Contributed Property

An LLC member who makes a contribution to the LLC of property with an FMV different from its basis may be required to recognize gain or loss upon a subsequent distribution of the contributed property to another member.

Determining the LLC’s Required Year

An LLC taxed as a C corporation can choose any year end as the tax year end; if an LLC is classified as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, however, its tax year is governed by Sec. 706(b). 

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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.

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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.