Changes to IRS Partnership and LLC Audit Rules
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, Mark Miller: “The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’) ability to audit partnerships1 will be greatly enhanced due to changes made by the recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Budget Act). The new rules apply to tax years beginning after 2017, which may seem far away, but partnerships need to use this time to prepare for the changes by amending their governing documents (i.e., partnership agreements and operating agreements), selecting a new “Partnership Representative” (PR), and making decisions that will affect internal operations for years to come. Speaking at a conference on March 15, IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins confirmed that the IRS will be ramping up its partnership audit efforts. Congress projects these new procedures to generate more than $9.3 billion in new revenue over a 10-year period.”
The article concludes with this statement:
“A final warning: Anyone that is either (1) contemplating a new . . . business that will be classified as a partnership for federal tax purposes (including an LLC or joint venture) or (2) needing to amend an existing agreement should strongly consider incorporating these changes into the new or revised agreement immediately“
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