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Members of a rental real estate LLC gifted their own interests

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Members of a rental real estate LLC gifted their own interests in this LLC to their Family Generation Skipping Trusts on 11/15/2012.
Appraisal value of the gifts on the day gifts transferred to Trusts are less than adjusted basis of donors/LLC members.
Form 709 prepared based on the FMV of the gifts which are equal to appraised values.
Does it necessary to post any adjusting entries in LLC books to make appraised values equal to book value?
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That's great. I understand you would like to know whether or not to adjust the basis of your assets in the LLC's record to match the gift amount

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correct

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It is not necessary to write down the value of the assets on the LLC's books

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Wait - did they gift the actual asset, or is now the LLC part of the trust?

Customer:

Yes, they gift their interests in LLC.,i.e., they are out and Trusts are new members of LLC since 11/16/2012

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Okay I was thinking that the assets themselves were gifted. In that case, the basis must be reduced to the FMV

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And you would depreciate based on that amount now

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How? what is(are) the adjustment(s). Basis adjusted against what account in book?

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You would adjust the assets and then equity

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Show me the entries.

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Dr individual asset account cr retained earnings

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What if retained earnings is already has Zero balance.

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Then it goes to a debit balance

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Ismail,

I did some more research, and if your LLC is taxed as a partnership, then transfer of interests from one party to another does not trigger any change inside a partnership unless an election is made.

So, the entry may not even be required. You can read more, here:

http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/2005/205/essentials/p50.htm

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