Single Member LLC Update

In our previous post, we indicated that the IRS had recently released a ruling indicating that a single member LLC is not an individual for purposes of getting out of the late filing penalty for small partnerships.  Our language could have been a little better.  The ruling is actually from 2004 (Revenue Ruling 2004-88) and the Ninth Circuit of the Court of Appeals in the Seaview Trading, LLC case just affirmed the IRS ruling.

Therefore, if you have any partnership with fewer than 10 partners in a partnership and if any of the partners are a single member LLC or revocable living trust, the partnership does not qualify for the small partnership exception.  This means that if the partnership is late in filing its tax returns, it will owe the penalty for being late (or the partners can be hit with tax adjustments after their individual statute of limitations expires).

Although the tax rules indicate that single member LLCs and revocable living trusts are disregarded entities, they are still considered “flow-through” entities for purposes of Revenue Ruling 2004-88.  Just something to watch out for.

A more detailed discussion on this matter can be found here.

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Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a principal with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation. Leave a comment for Paul. If you would like to leave a comment for Paul, follow the link above, however, please make sure to include your email address so that he can reply to your comment (your email address will not automatically show up).


Hi Paul, great article!

Just a question, is there any way to put a print button on the screen?

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