Converting a C corporation to a limited liability company can sometimes be beneficial, but the tax consequences must be planned for.
LLCs and LLPs
A timely election allows a married couple in business together to avoid the partnership filing rules.
Depending on how a taxpayer’s ownership is structured, the sale of a partnership interest can have a Sec. 280G impact on partners or members that are C corporations.
A loan from an LLC member to the LLC must be structured carefully to ensure it is respected as bona fide debt.
Lender Management contended that its activities met the test for an active trade or business under guidelines.
Regulations remove basis benefit for an LLC member when circumstances indicate a plan to circumvent or avoid debt payment obligation.
Procedures for concluding the affairs of the LLC should be included in the operating agreement.
A preparer’s improper change of status of income from active to passive is costly for taxpayers.
A responsible person may be subject to the TFRP if it can be shown he or she willfully failed to pay the trust fund taxes due.
Rules regarding gain or loss on liquidation are a major reason for formation as an LLC rather than as a corporation.
Practitioners should be familiar with the cancellation-of-debt rules to ensure that modifications of an LLC's debts are not significant enough to cause the members to recognize income.
This item explores some common issues encountered by foreign taxpayers adopting transparent U.S. LLCs to invest or operate in the United States.
Determining whether each individual member of an LLC materially participates requires assumptions that can pose problems.
An LLC's required year can change for several reasons. A change in the LLC's required year is treated as automatically approved by the IRS.
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.
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).
Many LLCs that are not connected to California other than via investment interests in LLCs that are conducting business in California are unknowingly not complying with California's filing requirements, especially if the California apportioned net income is small or a loss.
Recent IRS guidance clarifies the treatment of both guarantor and the nonguarantor LLC members.
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.
In some situations, business owners have state-law reasons for wanting their business to be formed as a limited liability company, but for tax purposes they would prefer S corporation (rather than partnership) tax treatment.