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He is not receiving any money. It was a real property purchase that now has very questionable value with the decline in property values. He is insolvent so him walking on the partnership makes sense. He has about $150,000 of basis not including the $500,000(his portion) of recourse financing on the property. All the mortgage documents were rewritten without him and the remaining partners picked up his share.
You need to calculate the value of the partnership and consider this as a purchase of his share by the remaining partners if that is what is intended.
Since the value of the partnership may be lower than the investment the partners have in the partnership, the value of that partner's share may be zero or even negative. Since the partner leaving the partnership will not get anything in return, he will write off his basis in the partnership as a capital loss.
The other partners will not be subject to any tax as a result of the purchase of the partnership interest.
Let me know if you have any question.
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Thank you for your help and I would like to double the suggested fee if you could clarify your thoughts.
Are you saying we debit the withdrawing partner's capital account $150K and credit the remaining partner's account $150K? If there is a loss by the exiting partner is there not a gain (or a reduction in basis) to be recognized at some point by somebody.
This is a complicated issue. If the partnership has made a sec 754 election than you may have to adjust the inside basis to outside basis. Attached is a link to explain what it really means.
However, if the partnership has not made this election(which is also good in this case) - Your inside basis in the partnership will be your original basis plus 50% of the outgoing partner;s basis and same will apply to the other partner. Hence, you will make the entry as you mentioned.
Note that if you make this deal outside of the partnership - such as you both are buying out the partner - no gain or loss will be currently recognized in the partnership unless there is a section 754 election in place. Since the assets in the partnership have depreciated in value, it is not a good idea to make such election too.
You may want to (and I would also suggest you to) engage a professional to help you evaluate the tax consequences with detailed information on the partnership taxes, assets etc.
Is there someway I can request you in the future? (if you wish, of course) I greatly appreciate your responses.
You can either request me or mention "For RD Only" on the post.
I would be glad to help you with any other questions you may have.