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Nichols note: I would like to draw your attention to two IRS training programs on partnership liabilities. These IRS Practice Units should be required study for any CPA preparing partnership returns. Reporting a partner’s (or LLC member’s) tax basis is required in every Form 1065. In my experience, many CPAs only learn these rules as far as the basics, and these calculations go far past that. The IRS material is complex but fortunately very well-written.

Links to the Two Practice Unit PDFs:

Dec. 18, 2020: Determining Liability Allocations

Dec. 18, 2020: Recourse vs. Nonrecourse Liabilities

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A federal tax specialist for 50 years, Lynn Nichols provides tax consulting services to CPA firms on complex federal income tax issues, professional standards in tax practice and effective tax practice management. Check out his Tax Updates video playlist.

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