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Under section 754, a partnership may elect to adjust the basis of partnership property when property is distributed or when a partnership interest is transferred. The purpose of a Section 754 election is to reconcile a new partner's outside and inside basis in the partnership. This election allows the new partner to receive the benefits of depreciation or amortization that he or she may not have received if the election was not made.

The election must be made in a statement that is filed with the partnership's timely filed return (including any extension) for the tax year during which the distribution or transfer occurs. The statement must include:

  • the name and address of the partnership;
  • a declaration that the partnership elects under section 754 to apply the provisions of section 734(b) and section 743(b), and;
  • the signature of a partner authorized to sign the partnership return

If the basis of the partnership property has been adjusted for a transferee partner under section 743(b), the partnership must adjust the transferee's distributive share of items of partnership income, deduction, gain, or loss in accordance with Regulations section 1.743-1(j)(3) and (4).

Report the adjustments on an attached statement to Schedule K-1 using the codes for Other Income or Other Deductions. Identify the partnership item being adjusted and the amount of the adjustment. If the adjustments are to partnership items from more than one trade or business, report the adjustments separately from each activity.

You will enter this information into the TaxAct® program as follows:

  1. From within your TaxAct return, click on the Federal tab. On smaller devices, click the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner, then select Federal
  2. From the Federal Quick Q&A Topics screen, click Basic Information to expand the category.
  3. Click Schedule B – Other Partnership Information and proceed with the Q&A process until you reach the question titled "Section 754 Election". Answer "yes" if you are making or have previously made a section 754 election.
  4. The program will proceed with the interview questions for you to enter or review the appropriate information.

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