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Structuring Redemptions of Partnership and LLC Interests: Issues Unique to Liquidating Distributions

Speaker: David Stauber

3/05/2020
1:00-2:30 PM (ET) | 10:00-11:30 AM (ET)
Structuring Redemptions of Partnership and LLC Interests: Issues Unique to Liquidating Distributions

Presented by Strafford Publications, Inc.

Transfer of ownership of partnership interests by a departing partner is often accomplished via redemption of the partner's interest by the partnership, rather than a sale of the interest to a third party. Redemptions can result in significantly different tax treatment than a sale for the departing partner, the partnership, and the remaining partners.

Redemption transactions often provide more flexibility than a sale regarding tax consequences to the departing partner. For example, redeeming partners may receive an exemption from Section 751 "hot asset" rules in certain situations where a partnership holds inventory.

Redeeming partners also have an advantage in the treatment of installment sale type transactions. The redemption rules generally allow the redeeming partner to recover full basis before recognizing any gain, unlike standard installment sale rules that require pro rata recognition.

Additionally, there may be positive/upward partnership basis adjustments under Section 734(b) upon a redemption, assuming that a Section 754 election is in effect. In some situations, however, there may also be a mandatory downward partnership basis adjustment under Section 734(b). Counsel must know about these basis adjustment situations.

Listen as our panel provides tax counsel and advisers with specific and practical guidance to navigating the tax rules that apply to the redemption of LLC or partnership interests. The panel will discuss common pitfalls and uncertainties under the new tax law and outline best practices in structuring transactions.

Key topics include:

  • Distinguishing between a redemption and a sale of a partnership interest by the redeeming partner to another partner(s)
  • The circumstances where a redemption would be disadvantageous to the partnership or the remaining partners
  • How the basis adjustment rules that apply when a Section 754 election is in effect function in a redemption as opposed to a sale of a partnership interest
  • Applying the Section 751 "hot asset" rules to the redeeming partner
  • Differences in the character of gain or loss between redemption and other sale transactions
  • Filing considerations when a partner is redeemed
  • How Section 736(b) applies to payments to the redeeming partner
  • Treatment of distributions of partnership property (including cash) and deemed cash distributions arising from a reduction in partnership liability allocations under Section 752

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