The Flow-Through “Taxpayer” – Partnership Returns and Audits

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 · 2:00 – 3:40 PM ET

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CTEC Course #: 3022-CE-0146
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Federal Tax Law (2 Hours)

Program Content

This online learning program, presented as a live webcast, will be also archived for QAS Self Study. The program will be available for viewing for 12 months after the live webcast. A panel of IRS and industry experts will present the content during a live, interactive discussion, where participant questions can be submitted. Questions will be answered live on the program or posted on the Resources page.

The program, through a lively round-table discussion and real time interaction with the audience, looks at the tax issues that apply to partnership tax return preparation and audit of those returns. The program will focus on the classification of partnerships for tax purposes and the important role of the partnership agreement. Panelists will focus special attention on provisions unique to partnership returns. The panel also will explore the special partnership audit rules and the ability of some partnerships to elect out of those rules.

By the end of the program, participants will have a practical understanding, through accurate, current, and effectively designed communications, of the major tax issues that affect partnership returns and the special audit procedures for partnerships.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Identify what makes a partnership for tax purposes.
  2. Identify the chief tax issues that arise in reporting partnership income and loss to the IRS and partners.
  3. Identify the tax rules that are unique to partnerships and how they affect tax reporting.
  4. Identify the major features of the partnership audit regime how the partnership may elect out of that regime.

Program Outline

  • What Is a Partnership for Tax Purposes?
    • State law
    • Check-the-box
    • Importance of partnership agreement
    • Partners' income and capital interests

  • The Partnership Return
    • Form 1065 and K1
    • Income
    • Losses
    • Partnership elections
    • Elections at partner level
    • Distributive shares
    • Actual distributions
    • Guaranteed payments
    • Special allocations
    • Limitations on partners' loss deductions

  • Partnership Audit Rules
    • Audit at partnership level
    • Consistency requirement
    • Partnership-related items
    • Administrative procedures
    • Election out



Alan Pinck, EA
A. Pinck & Associates

Alan Pinck is an Enrolled Agent with over 25 years of tax preparation experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has built a practice specializing in individual, small business tax preparation and audit representation. He is currently a speaker at the NTPI events, CSEA Super Seminar as well as a variety of other presentations for tax groups and small business associations. Having represented thousands of tax returns in audit, Alan has obtained tremendous insight of the audit process as well as knowledge on a wide variety of tax issues.

IRS Panelists

To be announced


Industry Panelists

Mark F. Seid

Mark F. Seid, EA, CPA, USTCP

Mark F. Seid is an enrolled agent, certified public accountant and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.  He was an Internal Revenue Agent with the IRS in San Jose and San Luis Obispo, California. 

Mark has an active tax practice in Paso Robles, California specializing in small businesses and tax controversy. He regularly presents courses to tax professionals on issues impacting small business. For the last several years Mark has been presenting federal and state tax update courses throughout the United States and internationally.

Content Consultant

David F. Windish, J.D., LL.M
Content Consultant

David F. Windish, J.D., LL.M. in taxation, is a tax attorney and consultant. He has served as an instructor of tax-advantaged investments at the New York Institute of Finance; an Instructor of business law at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.; and an adjunct professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. He has also served as executive editor for Tax Analysts; managing editor for Business Strategies, published by CCH; and senior editor for the Institute for Business Planning.

Mr. Windish is the author of Practical Guide to Real Estate Taxation, published by CCH and currently going into its sixth edition. Earlier works include Tax Advantaged Investments and Investor's Guide to Limited Partnerships, both published by the New York Institute of Finance. Through the Center for Video Education, he authored continuing education courses dealing with real estate and closely held corporations. Those courses included readings, case studies, and videotape segments.

Mr. Windish is a graduate of Rutgers University Law School and the New York University School of Law, Graduate Division. He has been heard as a guest speaker at professional meetings and seminars and on popular radio programs.

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