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We have a multiple member DE LLC. Members want a liquidity event $35MM (the m&#

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We have a multiple member DE LLC. Members want a liquidity event > $35MM (the money invested thus far) and we want to recapilatize the LLC using debt to provide that liquidity event. My questions are as follows: 1) Is it possible to structure the recapitalization such that the members have minimal or no tax consequences regarding distributions in excess of capital contributed and capital gains and if so, how should it be structured? 2) What are the relevant sections of the IRC that support such a tax free recapitalization?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Richard replied 6 years ago.

Good afternoon. Here are the basic rules...


A current distribution is one in which the partner's interest in the partnership continues. In a current proportionate distrubution:

  • The partnership will not recognize a gain or loss.IRC section 731(b).
  • The distributee partner will generally not recognize gain, unless money distributed exceeds the partner's outside basis in his partnership interest.IRC section 731(a).
  • The distributee partner will never recognize a loss.IRC sections 731(a) and 732(a).
  • The distributee partner's basis in property received will generally be equal to the partnership's basis in the property (i.e. the partner takes a "carryover" basis).IRC section 732(a)(1).
  • If an IRC section 754 election is in effect, the distribution may impact the basis of undistributed property left in the partnership.See IRC section 734(a).

The basis of a partner in his partnership interest is his original capital contribution, then increased or decreased for partnership income and loss, then increased for his share of partnership debt.


If you are going to borrow money to make distributions, each partner's basis is going to have to be in excess of the money being distributed so there will be no gain on the distribution.



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