Correcting Capital Account Mistakes and Errors on Partnership Returns

A Comprehensive Guide to Corrections, Allocations and "True-Ups" of Capital Accounts

Recording of a 110-minute CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Recorded event now available

This webinar will provide tax professionals and advisers with a deep and highly practical guide to the accounting and tax disclosure requirements necessary to correct and adjust capital account balances. The panel will focus on the mechanics of both book entries and tax reporting, and will offer concrete examples of corrective entries and form reporting as illustrations. The webinar will also cover interpretation of partnership agreements and offer guidance on how to apply partnership provisions to corrective entries and tax disclosures.


Maintenance of capital accounts is one of the more challenging tasks for tax professionals advising partnerships. Due to inexperience, changes in advisers, and/or errors and omissions, capital accounts are often not maintained accurately. Unless corrections and adjustments are made, such items can lead to misallocation, phantom income and basis errors.

Even more frustrating is that in many cases the corrective adjustments to bring the accounts back into balance are not always clear. Moreover, these issues will become even more challenging with the advent of the new partnership audit rules.

Partnership accounting is by its very nature complicated, and there are a number of transactions and events that cause difficulties in maintaining capital accounts. Provisions such as allocations of nonrecourse liabilities, minimum gain chargebacks, and multistate filings are areas that can create problems for tax professionals. Advisers must be able to identify and correct capital account discrepancies from both compliance and reporting standpoints.

Listen as our experienced panel provides an overview of common—and not so common—capital account errors and scenarios that need corrective measures, and will outline the book and tax reporting adjustments to remedy the situations.


  1. Partnership agreement interpretation
  2. Identifying capital account misstatements
  3. Book entries
  4. Tax reporting and disclosures
  5. Interaction with new partnership audit rules
  6. Case study with illustrations


The panel will discuss these and other critical issues:

  • How to identify errors, miscalculations or misstatements in capital accounts
  • Corrections in instances of incorrect mandatory adjustments
  • Basis and capital account corrections where a valid Section 754 election was in place
  • Book vs. tax corrective adjustments
  • Prior year adjustments
  • Effect of new partnership audit rules


Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the capital account maintenance rules and errors in maintaining capital accounts.
  • Distinguish book capital accounts and tax capital accounts.

  • Ascertain the compliance and audit requirements post-TEFRA.

  • Recognize necessary adjustments to correct capital accounts and adjustments that might trigger an audit.

  • Determine if a partnership is eligible to elect out of the new audit rules.

  • Verify that the substantial economic effect test is met.


Steve R. Johnson, Professor
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Mr. Johnson is a nationally recognized scholar on tax litigation and procedure, including legislative and administrative law topics in tax. Among other courses, he teaches Income Taxation, Taxation of Business Entities, Business Planning, International Tax and Administrative Law. His publications include two casebooks, Civil Tax Procedure (2d ed., Lexis-Nexis 2008) and Tax Crimes (Lexis-Nexis 2008), as well as numerous articles on tax procedure and tax law. He previously practiced tax law, after which he served as a senior attorney with the IRS Chief Counsel’s Office and a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

Joseph C. Mandarino, Partner
Smith Gambrell & Russell, Atlanta

Mr. Mandarino's practice focuses on corporate, tax and finance law. He is involved with a wide variety of businesses and transactions, including experience with compliance, planning and M&A activities for partnerships, individuals and corporations. Mr. Mandarino writes and speaks extensively on a wide range of business, tax and finance topics.

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  • Field of Study: Taxes.
  • Level of Knowledge: Intermediate.
  • Advance Preparation: Printing and reviewing Program Outlines and materials.
  • Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture.
  • Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study.
  • Prerequisite: 

    Three years+ business or public firm experience at mid-level within the organization, preparing complex tax forms and schedules. Specific knowledge of partnership taxation, accounting and tax disclosure requirements, capital account maintenance, correcting capital account mistakes and partnership audits; familiarity with book and tax corrective adjustments, compliance post-TEFRA, and substantial economic effect. 

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