Basis

Current developments in partners and partnerships

This article reviews and analyzes recent rulings and decisions involving partnerships and discusses developments in partnership formation, debt and income allocations, distributions, and basis adjustments.

The function of basis

A partner’s basis is key to determining the application of loss limitations and the recognition of gain or loss on partnership distributions and dispositions of partnership interests.

Basis for “Bad Boys”

Including “bad boy” provisions in loan agreements is a common practice to protect the lender in the commercial real estate finance industry.

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).

Partnership Basis Rules Proposed

The IRS issued proposed regulations providing guidance on the application of Sec. 704(c)(1)(C) added by the American Jobs Creation Act and the amendments to the mandatory basis adjustment rules of Sec. 743 in the AJCA.

Sec. 754 and Ground Leases

A partnership making an optional Sec. 754 basis adjustment for land subject to a long-term ground lease is permitted to adjust the basis of the land but may not allocate the basis adjustment to buildings or other depreciable assets the lessee constructed.

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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.

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.