Husband and Wife Partnership Election to be Treated as Sole Proprietors

Husband and Wife Partnership Election to be Treated as Sole Proprietors

Under the Act, a husband and wife that report their joint business activities on their joint tax return may elect to be treated as sole proprietors and not as a partnership. Although some commentators believe this provision will be used infrequently, this will have a tremendous impact on Husband/Wife owned Limited Liability Companies. Because there were two owners, the LLC would have to file a 1065 US Partnership Tax Return. This makes no sense for a couple filing a joint return. So long as both the husband and wife materially participate in the business and the business, a Schedule C may be filed. This will save unnecessary accounting expense. If only one spouse materially participates in the business even though both spouses own the business, they will not qualify for this election. Also, the LLC must be a trade or business, not merely an investment to qualify.

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