A Guide to Preparing and Filing Partnership Tax Returns


As a partnership, you have certain tax obligations that you need to fulfill each year. One of these obligations is to file a partnership return, also known as Form 1065. This return reports the partnership’s income, deductions, and other relevant information to the IRS. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of preparing and filing partnership returns.

Partnership Taxation Basics

Before we dive into the specifics of preparing partnership returns, let’s review some basic tax rules that apply to partnerships. A partnership is a pass-through entity, which means that the partnership itself is not subject to income tax. Instead, the partnership’s income and deductions are passed through to the partners, who report their share of the partnership’s income on their personal tax returns.

Partnership Accounting

Accurate accounting is essential to properly prepare a partnership return. The financial statements that need to be prepared include the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of partner capital accounts. The income statement reports the partnership’s income and expenses for the year, while the balance sheet shows the partnership’s assets, liabilities, and equity at the end of the year. The statement of partner capital accounts summarizes each partner’s capital account activity for the year.

Form 1065

Form 1065 is the main document that needs to be filed to report partnership income and deductions. It includes general information about the partnership, such as its name, address, and Employer Identification Number (EIN). The form also includes schedules that report the partnership’s income, deductions, and credits. One of the most important schedules is Schedule K-1, which reports each partner’s share of the partnership’s income, deductions, and credits.

Filing Deadlines

Partnership returns are due on the 15th day of the third month after the end of the partnership’s tax year. For example, if the partnership’s tax year ends on December 31st, the return is due on March 15th of the following year. However, partnerships can request a six-month extension to file the return by filing Form 7004.

Common Partnership Tax Issues

Partnerships face a number of tax issues that need to be carefully managed to ensure accurate reporting on the partnership return. One common issue is basis calculations, which determine each partner’s basis in the partnership interest. Another issue is the allocation of profits and losses among partners, which must be done in accordance with the partnership agreement.

Tax Planning for Partnerships

Partnerships can use various tax planning strategies to minimize their tax liability. For example, they can time income and deductions to take advantage of lower tax rates or use the cash method of accounting to defer income recognition. Partnerships can also take advantage of tax credits, such as the research and development credit.

Preparing and filing partnership returns can be a complex process, but it’s essential to meet your tax obligations and avoid penalties. If you need help with partnership tax preparation and filing, contact Advanced Tax Defense and Accounting at 1-888-455-3111 or visit our website at Our experienced team can help you navigate the tax code and ensure accurate reporting on your partnership return.