Real Estate Partnership Returns: Reviewing Form 1065, Schedule K-1, and Attachments to Avoid Common Errors

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

Conducted on Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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Course Materials

This course will walk tax practitioners through the process of reviewing Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income Tax Return, and its related schedules. Our partnership experts will cover changes to the 2020 form and schedules, common M-1 adjustments, properly reporting liabilities, key elections, and new considerations for partnership tax returns based on recent guidelines and relief.


Missing common elections and disclosures can prove costly. Electing out of bonus depreciation, Section 754 step-ups, and the repairs and maintenance elections are just a few items that require additional disclosures for a partnership to garner the related tax benefits. Now with massive changes from recent legislation, there are many new considerations. 199A brought new reporting responsibilities and considerations for income allocations. The recent surge in unpaid rent and modified lease terms have tax consequences, and tax basis capital reporting requirements are effective for 2020 returns as well.

Tax practitioners sometimes scroll through Schedule B questions using the SALY (same as last year) approach. They may assume allocations are made following IRS guidelines and the partnership operating agreement. Knowing how to assess the accuracy of a return quickly is a skill. Knowing how to avoid common, costly errors is a necessity for flow-through return preparers.

Listen as our panel of partnership experts explains how to avoid common real estate reporting errors, opportunities to expand services based on the Form 1065 review, allocating income under the partnership operating agreement, and other critical steps to ensure a complete and proper return is filed.



  1. Reviewing Form 1065
    1. Schedule B
    2. Pages 1-5
    3. Common M-1 adjustments
    4. Schedule M-3
  2. 2020 changes
  3. Form 8825
  4. Common footnotes, elections, and other disclosures
  5. K-1 items
    1. Income allocations
    2. Interpreting the partnership agreement
    3. Maintaining capital accounts
    4. Liabilities
  6. Current considerations
    1. COVID-19 updates
    2. Cares Act
    3. Consolidated Appropriations Act
  7. Best practices


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What changes have been made to Form 1065 and Schedule K-1 for 2020?
  • What critical elections should be considered when filing partnership returns?
  • What key tax provisions should be considered when reviewing a partnership agreement?
  • What steps can practitioners take to self-review prepared partnership returns?
  • What opportunities for additional services could be found while reviewing Form 1065?


Kettler, Ashley
Ashley Kettler, CPA

Tax Senior Manager – Real Estate
Withum Smith+Brown

Ms. Kettler has ten years of experience working in Real Estate. She also has experience in REIT due diligence and REIT...  |  Read More

Palovick, Sara
Sara A. Palovick, CPA

Tax Senior Manager
Withum Smith+Brown

Ms. Palovick specializates in real estate, and focuses most of her time in the areas of partnership and individual...  |  Read More

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