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BBA Partnerships Can Amend Returns for CARES Benefits


Annemarie Aguanno

BBA Partnerships Can Amend Returns for CARES Benefits

The IRS has set forth rules for BBA partnerships to file amended returns to immediately get benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ( P.L. 116-136). “BBA partnerships” are those subject to the centralized partnership audit regime established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) ( P.L. 114-74). The procedure allows BBA partnerships the option to file an amended return instead of an Administrative Adjustment Request (AAR) under Code Sec. 6227.

Amendment Option
BBA partnerships that filed Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income, and gave all partners Schedules K-1, Partner’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, for the tax years beginning in 2018 or 2019 before the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2020-23 can file amended returns and furnish amended K-1s before September 30, 2020. The amended returns can take into account tax changes brought about by the CARES Act as well as any other tax attributes to which the partnership is entitled by law.

Filing Requirements
To amend a return, a BBA partnership must file a Form 1065, checking the “Amended Return” box and furnish amended Schedules K-1 to partners. The BBA partnership must write “FILED PURSUANT TO REV PROC 2020-23” at the top of the amended return, and attach a statement with each Schedule K-1 sent to its partners with the same notation. The BBA partnership may file electronically or by mail.

There are additional rules for BBA partnerships that are currently under examination for a tax year beginning in 2018 or 2019, or that have previously filed an AAR.

GILTI Regulations
A partnership may continue to apply the rules of Proposed Reg. §1.951A-5 when filing an amended Form 1065 and furnishing amended Schedules K-1 consistent with those proposed regulations. The partnership must notify partners as required by Notice 2019-46, I.R.B. 2019-37, 695.