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When are partnership liquidating distributions required

These adjustments to basis work with the rules governing distributions to ensure that partnership income is taxed and deductions are taken only once.

Whether earnings are retained in a partnership or distributed to partners has no affect on the taxation of those earnings, since the partners have to pay tax on the earnings whether they are distributed or not.

Unlike the rules that apply to C corporations, which tax income both at the entity and at the owner level, the partnership rules are designed to only tax income once, at the owner level.

A partnership’s income, losses, deductions, and credit are passed through to the partners for Federal tax purposes and taxed directly to them, regardless of when income is distributed.[1] Since the partners have already paid tax on the income when it is earned, a complex system of rules applies to prevent double taxation when the income is later distributed to the partners.

The partner’s basis in his partnership interest in increased by: These basis adjustments depend in large part on the allocation of partnership income, gains, losses, deductions, and credit among the partners.

The partnership agreement determines the allocation of these items.[14] If the partnership agreement is silent, these items are allocated in accordance with the partnership interests.[15] If the partnership agreement allocates partnership items among the partners, the allocation is respected as long as one of the following is true: If an allocation does not meet one of these requirements, the allocation of income, gain, loss, deduction, or credit is reallocated in accordance with the partner’s interest in the partnership.[20] Special rules apply to allocations of property with built-in gain and loss.[21] Important Note: The rules governing substantial economic effect are complex and must be given special consideration if the partnership agreement or operating agreement provides for allocations other than in accordance with each partner’s interest in the partnership.

No gain is recognized from a distribution of cash or marketable securities that can easily be converted to cash, unless the distribution is more than the partner's outside basis, in which case, the excess is taxable as a capital gain.

Capital Gain = Cash Distribution – Partner's Outside Basis Distributions are generally made throughout the year, but they are taken into account on the last day of the partnership's tax year.

The seller-partner will recognize ordinary income to the extent that the gain from the sale of his partnership interest is attributable to unrealized receivables and inventory.[32] The seller-partner’s capital gain or loss equals the difference between the amount the partner realizes in the sale (reduced by the portion attributable to unrealized receivables and inventory) and the seller-partner’s adjusted basis in his partnership interest (also reduced by the portion attributable to unrealized receivables and inventory).[33] The buyer of the partnership interest will have a cost basis.[34] By default, the buyer-partner will inherit the selling-partner’s capital account.[35] Because partnership assets may have appreciated or depreciated in value, this usually results in a disparity between the buyer-partner’s basis in his partnership interest (outside basis) and his allocation of the partnership’s basis in each of the assets owned by the partnership (inside basis).