A partnership is defined as an association of two or more persons to carry on as co-owners a business for profit. The premise is built around the notion that the combined power of the partners exceeds the sum of the value the partners could generate independently.
A partnership tax return is known as Form 1065. It is a calendar year tax return and income is allocated to the partners via Form K-1. This is considered an information return whereby business revenues and expenses and any special items are reported to the IRS.
A K-1 is a reporting tool to the Internal Revenue Service. It is used by Partnerships, S-Corporations and Trusts to report the taxpayer’s share of income, deductions, and credits. A K-1 is similar to Form W-2 or 1099 in that the information provided informs the taxpayer of what has been reported to the Internal Revenue Service.
A partnership is a form of a business entity that provides many more advantages than any other form of business entity. There are several basic principles of a partnership that once understood, the reader can use to his advantage in the small business world. Below are descriptions and an explanations of the basic principles of a partnership and the corresponding legal impact.