Multistate Partnerships: Navigating Various State Taxation Rules of Corporate Partners

Business vs. Nonbusiness Income Characterization, Aggregate vs. Entity Determination, and More

A live 110-minute CPE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, October 19, 2017
1:00pm-2:50pm EDT, 10:00am-11:50am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, September 22, 2017

This webinar will provide tax advisers and professionals with a detailed and practical guide to critical state tax issues and trends impacting partners owning shares of multistate partnerships. The panel will discuss key questions such as whether the character of pass-through income is determined at partner or partnership level, and whether the pass-through income must be considered on an “aggregate” basis or at the “entity” basis.


Corporate partners in multistate partnerships face significant tax challenges. Critical among the problems tax advisers must resolve is determining whether a partnership creates nexus for a nonresident partner. This determination may materially impact filing obligations, including combined reporting and P.L. 86-272 positions, as well as the application of throwout and throwback rules.

Also crucial is whether the character of partnership income, e.g., business or nonbusiness, must be determined at the partnership level, or at the partner level. Very few states have issued any guidance as to where that income determination must be made, and those states that have addressed the question have split results. Because business income must be apportioned, while nonbusiness income must be allocated to the source state, the tax results vary from state to state as to the proper taxation of partnership income. Additional complexities arise depending on whether a state has adopted the "aggregate" or "entity" approach to apportionment of partnership income. These determinations may materially impact both the computation of state blended rates for provision calculations and whether the corporation must remit payment to a particular state.

Likewise, various states have adopted different reporting regimes when it comes to withholding or composite return obligations. Corporate tax professionals must know the complex rules to avoid negative tax consequences in multistate partnership scenarios.

Listen as our experienced panel offers a comprehensive view of states’ approaches to taxing corporations on multistate partnership income.


  1. Partnership Nexus
  2. Allocation vs. apportionment of partnership income
    1. Aggregate vs. entity approach
    2. Business vs. nonbusiness income—differing state approaches
    3. States taking a unitary approach
  3. State withholding


The panel will discuss these and other critical issues:

  • Nexus implications
  • States that require business/nonbusiness income determination at partner vs. partnership level
  • Determination of partnership income on aggregate basis vs. entity basis
  • Apportionment under the aggregate approach
  • Reconciling different states’ unitary factor analysis
  • State withholding
  • Recordkeeping/documentation/workpapers

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify nexus concerns in a multistate context
  • Differentiate allocation vs. apportionment of partnership income
  • Discern aggregate vs. entity approach for determining partnership income
  • Select the states that take the unitary approach


Dennis Rimkunas, Partner
Jones Day, New York

Mr. Rimkunas focuses his practice on tax planning and litigation relating to state and local tax matters for corporations, partnerships, and individuals. He advises clients on state and local tax implications of restructurings, refinancings, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and asset dispositions. He also represents clients at all stages of the state and local tax controversy process and regularly assists clients on unclaimed property issues relating to audits, voluntary disclosure agreements, planning and structuring, and general compliance policies and procedures.

Michael J. (Mike) Wynne, Partner
Jones Day, Chicago

Mr. Wynne has more than 30 years of experience in state and local tax litigation, planning, legislative, and regulatory work in Illinois and throughout the United States concerning income, sales, telecommunications, ad valorem (according to value), and other taxes and unclaimed property laws. His practice includes audit, litigation, and appellate practice in matters such as state False Claims Act tax defense, state tax refund class action defense, real property tax exemption litigation for health care facilities and government facility developers, individual residency cases, telecommunications excise tax, sales and income taxes, and multiple unclaimed property audits, voluntary disclosures, and advice.

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This program is eligible for 2.0 CPE credits.

  • Field of Study: Taxes.
  • Level of Knowledge: Intermediate.
  • Advance Preparation: None.
  • Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture.
  • Delivery Method: Group-Internet (via computer).
  • Attendance Monitoring Method: Attendance is monitored electronically via a participant's PIN and through a series of verification codes announced throughout the presentation.
  • Prerequisite: Three years+ business or public firm experience at mid-level within the organization, preparing state tax forms and schedules, supervising other preparers/accountants. Specific knowledge and understanding of multistate partnership structures and in identifying business vs. nonbusiness income in multistate partnerships; familiarity with various state approaches to determine partnership income: aggregate vs. entity, unitary factor analysis, and partner vs. partnership income.

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State Income Tax Advisory Board

David Adler

Director of Multistate Tax Services

Deloitte Tax

Elizabeth Bowman

Tax Research Analyst

ADP Tax Credit Services

Stephanie Anne Lipinski-Galland


Williams Mullen

Don Griswold

Executive Tax Counsel

Berkshire Hathaway Tax Group

Walter Pickhardt


Faegre Baker Daniels

Richard Pomp

Professor of Tax Law

University of Connecticut

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Scout Economics

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