Bipartisan Budget Act

New Audit Procedures for Partnerships Create Potential Entity-Level Liabilities

Venable LLP, Brian J. O’Connor, Norman Lencz, Michael A. Bloom and Christopher S. Davidson:  “On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act significantly changes how partnerships (including LLCs taxed as partnerships) are audited by the IRS. . . . As a result of changes made to the Internal Revenue Code by the Act, partnerships may now be directly liable for any tax deficiency resulting from an adjustment to partnership items (e.g., income, gain, loss deduction and/or credit). Thus, the current partners in a partnership could bear economic responsibility for improper tax reporting in prior years, even if one or more of such partners was not a partner in the year in which the improper reporting occurred.”

This article includes the following statement:

“existing partnership agreements should be reviewed to account for these new audit procedures”

I agree.  I recommend without exception that all existing LLCs taxed as partnerships amend their Operating Agreements to cover the issues created by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.  LLCs that are taxed as partnerships that do not have an Operating Agreement should adopt an Operating Agreement that contains language that deals with the issues created by the BBA.


By |2017-06-24T15:21:57-07:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Bipartisan Budget Act, Partnership Tax|0 Comments

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Revamps Partnership Tax Audit and Collection Procedures

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Adele M. Karig, Vadim Mahmoudov, Peter F.G. Schuur, Rafael Kariyev and Matthew D. Saronson:  “The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 signed by President Obama yesterday substantially changes how the IRS makes tax audit adjustments to partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes. The changes are intended to enhance the IRS’s ability to audit partnership tax returns, and to enable the IRS to collect taxes, interest and penalties that flow from a partnership tax audit adjustment directly from the affected partnership. . . . The new partnership tax audit rules, which will apply to tax returns of partnerships for tax years beginning after 2017, provide that any tax adjustments resulting from IRS audits of partnerships generally will be determined and collected at the partnership level, even though partnerships are not subject to income taxes and the partners are the relevant taxpayers.

By |2016-05-28T20:40:34-07:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Bipartisan Budget Act, Partnership Tax|0 Comments
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