Small Business Taxes & ManagementTM--Copyright 2019, A/N Group, Inc.
The IRS issued a draft of the tax year 2019 Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income (PDF), and its Schedule K-1, Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc (PDF). The changes to the form and schedule aim to improve the quality of the information reported by partnerships both to the IRS and the partners of such entities. An additional line on the first page of Form 1065 adds a checkbox allowing a taxpayer to indicate activities were aggregated for Sec. 465 at-risk purposes and a second box to indicate activities were grouped for Sec. 469 passive activity purposes. Changes to the K-1 include a checkbox to indicate more than one activity was engaged in for at-risk purposes and a second chack box to indicate more than one activity was engaged in for passive activity purposes. The changes to the forms also reflect updates consistent with changes resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The additional information requested in the draft Form 1065 and Schedule K-1 is intended to aid the IRS in assessing compliance risk and identifying potential noncompliance while ensuring that compliant taxpayers are less likely to be examined. The IRS believes these changes to Form 1065 and Schedule K-1 will improve tax administration in the partnership arena, an area of critical importance to the IRS.
In addition, certain similar changes can be found in the draft of the tax year 2019 Form 1120-S, U.S. Income Tax Return for an S Corporation (PDF), and its Schedule K-1 , Shareholder's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc., (PDF) which were also released. There are additional changes to the codes on Line 17, Other Information, of Schedule K-1.
The IRS noted that over the past decade and a half, tax filings by partnerships have seen an increase. For calendar year 2004, about 2.5 million partnerships filed Form 1065; by calendar year 2017, that number had risen to more than 4 million, an increase of 59 percent. The rise in filings by partnerships was considerably greater than the rise in filing by C-corporations and S-corporations, combined, which rose about 14 percent over the same timeframe. This increase in filings reinforces the IRS’s need to improve the data available for its compliance selection processes.
The draft 2019 Form 1065 and Schedule K-1, as well as the draft Form 1120-S and its Schedule K-1, are near-final forms. The drafts are intended to give tax practitioners a preview of the changes and software providers the information they need to update systems before the final version of the updated forms and schedules are released in December.
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