Recognizing Built-In Gain on Contribution to a Partnership
16 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2011
Date Written: November 17, 2011
Section 721 generally allows nonrecognition of the built-in gain on a contribution of appreciated property to a partnership. This proposal would require recognition of gain on property at the value set by the bargain and allow recognition of loss when the partnership is not related. It would allow deferred payment of tax on nonmarketable assets, computed at the time of contribution, but would require interest at an appropriate rate. Recognition of gain would end current abuses, including diversification of investments without tax in swap funds and a step-up in depreciable basis without recognition on the other side. Given the nation’s revenue needs, tax on the contribution exchange is merited.
The proposal is offered as a part of the Shelf Project, a collaboration of tax professionals to develop proposals to raise revenue without a VAT or a rate increase. Shelf Project proposals raise revenue, while making the tax system more efficient and reducing deadweight loss. Shelf Projects follow the format of a congressional tax writing committee report in explaining current law, what is wrong with it, and how to fix it.
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