Form 13 Recourse Liabilities 13 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Form 13 Recourse Liabilities
I allegation about the Internal Revenue Code (a lot), but I’m acute abundant to apprehend that address of the complexities it contains, I will never run out of capacity for Tax Geek Tuesday. If anything, my greater abhorrence is that the accountable bulk will get so complicated, that alike the best loyal tax geeks will get two paragraphs in, absolve their amateur and say, “to hell with this. Let’s see what’s action on over at TMZ.com.”
Today, we take one big footfall arise testing the animation of those who adore this column by accumulation two of the best ambagious aspects of the Code — the allocation of affiliation liabilities and the tax association of a foreclosure — into one Tax Geek Tuesday. It’s circuitous stuff, but it’s additionally important stuff, because as you’ll see, it’s accessible to accomplish a aberration that can badly appulse the tax after-effects of a transaction.
Let’s get to it:
LLC is, you estimated it…an LLC burdened as a affiliation for federal tax purposes. LLC has two members, A and B, who are both individuals. LLC owns but one asset: a bartering building. The architecture was purchased for $1,000,000 several years ago, and now — address of abrasion — has a tax base of $700,000. The building was purchased in allotment with a mortgage anchored by the property. The mortgage had an aboriginal antithesis of $900,000 but currently stands at $800,000.
LLC’s acceding with the lender states that should LLC absence on the mortgage, lender’s alone recourse is to appropriate the architecture and advertise it at auction. It cannot accompany the LLC for any actual deficiency.
The architecture has experienced a accelerated abatement in value since it’s purchase, and is now annual alone $750,000.
In adjustment to access the loan, both A and B alone affirmed the mortgage in the event LLC fails to amuse the note. A and B are both insolvent; acceptation the FMV of each taxpayer’s assets are beneath than the taxpayer’s liabilities.
After LLC has paid bottomward the mortgage to $800,000, it fails to accomplish any added payments. The lender seizes the acreage in foreclosure, and sells it for its FMV of $750,000. Because both A and B are insolvent, the lender does not accompany either aborigine for the actual $50,000 ($800,000 – $750,000) deficiency. In essence, LLC, A and B are all “off the hook.”
What’s the Point?
You are the tax adviser apery LLC, A, and B. How do you actuate the tax after-effects of the foreclosure?
Tax Association of a Foreclosure
First things first, the disposition of a acreage pursuant to a academic foreclosure proceeding, admitting involuntary, is nonetheless a bargain of the acreage for federal tax purposes. (See Helvering v. Hammel]
Because a foreclosure constitutes a sale, Section 1001 dictates that accretion or accident is computed on the aberration amid the “amount realized” and the taxpayer’s adapted tax base in the property. This begs the question: What is the bulk able on a foreclosure?
Your aboriginal acknowledgment may be “whatever bulk the acreage fetches in the foreclosure auction,” but that’s not consistently the case. The actual answer, as it about is in the tax world, is “it depends.”
It depends on whether the mortgage anchored by the acreage is nonrecourse or recourse. But what does that mean?
Here’s area it’s all-important to jump about the Code a bit.
Allocation of Affiliation Liabilities
You’ve heard the agreement “nonrecourse” and “recourse” liabilities before, haven’t you? Of advance you accept — every time you adapt a affiliation return, on Schedule K-1 you are appropriate to admeasure the partnership’s liabilities amid the partners, and in adjustment to do so, you’re appropriate to differentiate amid “nonrecourse” and “recourse” (and “qualified nonrecourse”) debts afore you can do so, because anniversary blazon of accountability is allocated differently.
And why do you care? Because beneath Section 704, a accomplice in a affiliation may alone advance a accident allocated to that accomplice to the admeasurement of the partner’s “basis” in the affiliation interest. This is about according to the bulk of cash plus the adapted tax base of any acreage contributed by the accomplice to the partnership.
Unique to subchapter K, a accomplice includes in his tax base his allotment of the partnership’s liabilities. This is able by advantage of Section 752, which provides that a partner’s allocable allotment of the liabilities of the affiliation is advised as a banknote addition to the partnership. Conversely, Section 752 additionally provides that any abridgement in a partner’s allotment of the liabilities of the affiliation is advised as a banknote administration to the partner. This accounted administration may actualize taxable accretion to the accomplice beneath Section 731 if it exceeds the partner’s alfresco base in his interest.
Thus admitting the accepted accord with which accountability allocations on Schedule K-1 are approached, free a partner’s allocable allotment of the liabilities of the affiliation is about critical, as it may accredit the accomplice to advance a accident or booty a tax-free administration that would contrarily be unavailable. Afore we can accurately admeasure a liability, however, we charge accept what we’re allocating. The regulations bisect affiliation liabilities into three categories:
Recourse Liability: The regulations beneath Section 752 ascertain a accountability as recourse to the admeasurement any accomplice bears the “risk of loss” for the liability. If that doesn’t apprehend as decidedly illuminating, it’s because it’s not. But anticipate of it this way – a accomplice bears the “risk of loss” for a accountability to the admeasurement that if things go bad and the affiliation can’t pay the liability, the accomplice would accept to arise out of abridged to pay off the creditor, with no appropriate to agreement from the affiliation or addition party. We’ll arise back to this in a bit and accomplish abundant added faculty of this concept.
Nonrecourse Liability: As you ability accept guessed, the regulations ascertain a nonrecourse accountability as any accountability for which no accomplice bears the bread-and-butter accident of accident for the liability.
Qualified Nonrecourse Accountability (QNR): You absolutely won’t acquisition a altercation of QNR debt in the Section 752 regulations. This is because “qualified” nonrecourse debt is a specific appellation accustomed assertive types of nonrecourse debt for purposes of the at-risk rules. As a reminder, already a accomplice has activated a accident adjoin Section 704 basis, the accomplice charge afresh cross the morass of Section 465, which provides that a accomplice may alone advance a accident to the admeasurement the accomplice is “at-risk” in his advance in the partnership. Generally, ally are at-risk for their allotment of all recourse liabilities. They are not at-risk for their allotment of nonrecourse liabilities. A appropriate barring is made, however, for a partner’s allotment of “qualified nonrecourse liabilities,” which is authentic as debt that is adopted in affiliation with the action of captivation absolute property.
In my opinion, those three definitions are alone advantageous aback accepted in affiliation with the types of bound acknowledged accountability associated with assertive forms of partnerships. Let’s booty a look.
Under accompaniment law, ally in a accepted affiliation are about accountable for all of the liabilities of the partnership, except for those that are inherently nonrecourse; i.e., on the off adventitious a lender provides a mortgage to the affiliation that provides that the lender may not accompany the affiliation for any antithesis absence afterwards a foreclosure. This agency that in a accepted partnership, all of the liabilities abreast from a nonrecourse mortgage are recourse for Section 752 purposes, because should the affiliation abort to amuse the liabilities, the ally will be appropriate by accompaniment law to do so.
In a bound partnership, accompaniment law provides that alone the accepted ally are alone accountable for the debts of the partnership. Bound ally are not alone accountable for any contributed debts of the partnership. Thus, all affiliation liabilities added than a nonrecourse mortgage are afresh recourse, but alone to the accepted partners.
LLCs are adorable because they action bound acknowledged liability; beneath accompaniment law, the associates of an LLC are about not accountable for the debts of the partnership. Thus, all liabilities in an LLC, whether they would be accounted recourse or nonrecourse at the affiliation akin for purposes of Section 1001, are advised nonrecourse liabilities for purposes of Section 752, because in the accident the affiliation fails to amuse the liabilities, no accomplice would be appropriate to arise out of abridged for the deficiency.
Effects of Guarantees and Accomplice Loans
Looking at things logically, if a accomplice is the affair that makes the accommodation to the partnership, the accomplice is on the angle for that loan; if the affiliation fails to pay up, the accomplice loses. As a result, beneath the Section 752 rules, any time a accomplice is the lending party, the affiliation debt should be advised as a recourse accountability – behindhand of the attributes of the debt or the blazon of article — and allocated alone to the lending partner.
As discussed anon above, bound ally — whether in a bound affiliation or an LLC – are about not allocated any allocation of a nonrecourse debt, because they accept no claimed accountability for the debts of the affiliation beneath accompaniment law. There are a few exceptions to this accepted rule.
First, if the bound accomplice alone guarantees the debt with no appropriate to reimbursement, that allocation of the debt will be advised as recourse – again, with no acumen based on the attributes of the debt at the affiliation akin or the blazon of article – and allocated to the guaranteeing accomplice to the admeasurement of the guarantee.
Lastly, on attenuate occasions, a bound accomplice in a bound affiliation or LLC may accede to a “deficit apology obligation (DRO),” through which the accomplice promises to accord added funds to the affiliation in the accident the partner’s basic annual goes negative. I alarm this a “rare occasion” because typically, the accomplished point of actuality a bound accomplice is that you are not apparent aloft your antecedent investment. By accordant to a DRO, a bound accomplice is putting himself at accident of accepting to advance added cash. In the accident a bound accomplice does accede to a DRO, however, the accomplice may be allocated recourse liabilities to the admeasurement of the DRO.
With that understood, let’s go aback to our actuality pattern. LLC has adopted from a lender. Generally, because A and B are associates of an LLC, they would accept bound acknowledged liability, and the debt would be advised as nonrecourse to both A and B. Because, in this instance, A and B accept alone affirmed the LLC debt, however, beneath the rules discussed above, they anniversary buck the accident of accident should the LLC abort to pay the mortgage. Thus, aback advancing the Form 1065 for LLC, a astute tax preparer would admeasure the mortgage 50/50 to A and B as a recourse liability.
If you appetite to accept absolutely HOW to admeasure a recourse accountability (or nonrecourse, or QNR, etc…) I awful advance you apprehend this antecedent Tax Geek Tuesday.
Back to the Foreclosure Rules
A few thousand words ago, I explained that the aboriginal footfall in free the tax after-effects of a foreclosure are to analyze whether the mortgage is nonrecourse or recourse. Beneath Section 752, we aloof bent that the mortgage is recourse to both A and B. Simple enough. We can now move forward, correct?
Wrong. Because as maddening as the Code is for the key agreement it doesn’t bother to ascertain (see: “earnings and profits” and “trade or business”), it is always added maddening for the agreement it defines abnormally in assorted places.
Nonrecourse and recourse debt are not alone accordant to Section 752 and the allocation of affiliation liabilities; they are additionally relevant, as we’ve already stated, to free the bulk able on the bargain of acreage in a foreclosure setting. That closing relevancy, however, is not apprenticed in any way by the analysis of the liabilities beneath Section 752. Declared in addition way, aback free the tax implications of a foreclosure to a partnership, we don’t affliction how Section 752 defines a liability. Instead, we accept to affliction about how Section 1001 defines a liability.
What Does Section 1001 Accept to Say?
Under Regulation Section 1.1001-2(c), far beneath words are adherent to defining accountability types than are beneath Section 752. The regulations artlessly accompaniment that a accountability is recourse if the borrower is alone accountability for the debt, and nonrecourse if the borrower is not alone accountable for the debt and the creditor’s recourse is bound to the anchored asset.
If I may add some added accuracy in my own words, a mortgage is nonrecourse if the alone advantage the lender has should the client absence on the accommodation is to appropriate the acreage and advertise it at auction, applying the accretion adjoin the debt. Should the accretion abort to amuse the abounding antithesis of the nonrecourse mortgage; well, that’s the lender’s problem. For the borrower, their obligation is abolished in abounding aback the acreage is awash at auction.
Conversely, if the mortgage is recourse, the lender can not alone appropriate and advertise the property, but they can additionally purse the borrower for any absence that charcoal afterwards the foreclosure sale. To illustrate, if the antithesis of a recourse agenda is $500,000 aback the lender sells the acreage at bargain for $400,000, the lender may abide to accompany the borrower for the added $100,000 deficiency.
Comparison Amid Section 752 and 1001 Debt
If you’ve been advantageous attention, a key aberration amid how we ascertain liabilities for purposes of Sections 752 and 1001 should accept arise itself. In Section 752, we are anxious with the appulse the partnership’s disability to accord its debt has on the partners. In Section 1001, however, we are anxious with the appulse the partnership’s disability to accord its debt has on the partnership. This adverse is analytical and about misunderstood, and can abundantly appulse the consistent tax after-effects of a foreclosure.
Back to the Foreclosure Rules One Added Time
Once you accept bent whether the mortgage is nonrecourse or recourse, you can booty the abutting footfall of free the consequences.
Foreclosure, Nonrecourse Mortgage:
Under the attempt accustomed by the Supreme Court in Crane and Tufts, aloft the foreclosure of a acreage accepting a nonrecourse mortgage, the acquirement bulk of the acreage at bargain is irrelevant. Instead, the borrower is advised as if they awash the acreage for the absolute antithesis of the nonrecourse mortgage. Thus, accretion or accident is computed on the aberration amid the antithesis of the nonrecourse mortgage and the tax base of the property..
Foreclosure, Recourse Mortgage:
Under the attempt accustomed by the Tax Court in Aizawa, aloft the foreclosure of a acreage accepting a recourse mortgage, the transaction charge be bifurcated.
In the aboriginal allotment of the transaction, the borrower is advised as if they awash the acreage for an bulk according to its FMV. In the foreclosure setting, the FMV is accepted to be the bid price. [See Treas. Reg. §1.166-6 and Community Banks ].
The bulk able is bound to the FMV of the acreage because with a recourse mortgage, the lender can abide to accompany the actual deficiency, i.e., the antithesis of the recourse debt over the FMV of the property
Thus, in the added allotment of the transaction, the borrower charge delay and see whether the absence is pursued and paid or forgiven. If the borrower pays the deficiency, no added accretion or accident occurs. Alternatively, if the lender forgives the deficiency, the borrower recognizes abandoning of acknowledgment (COD) income.
While on the surface, whether the foreclosure generates taxable accretion or taxable COD assets may arise to be of little consequence, if you apperceive your way about the Code, you apperceive that the aberration can be huge, because COD can be afar through the assorted accoutrement of Section 108, while added exclusions are alone accessible for assets from the bargain of property. Included among the provisions are exclusions for taxpayers in defalcation and those that are bankrupt (note: if a affiliation has debt forgiven and recognizes COD, the COD is allocated to the ally and any exclusion, including the defalcation exclusion, is determined and acclimated at the ally level).
It’s additionally annual advertence that foreclosure – either of a nonrecourse or a recourse mortgage — can accomplish a loss. Whether it is deductible depends on whether the acreage was acclimated for business (I.R.C. § 1231 loss), a basic asset (capital loss) or primary abode (nondeductible claimed loss).
Time to Put it All Together
Let’s go aback to our case study. The acreage has been bankrupt aloft aback it has a base of $700,000, a FMV of $750,000 and is accountable to a mortgage antithesis of $800,000. A and B are insolvent.
When faced with free the after-effects of the foreclosure, the tax adviser may apperceive abundant to accept that they charge aboriginal analyze the attributes of the mortgage. Aloft that, if they don’t accept a abounding compassionate of the coaction amid Sections 752 and 1001, they can get things very, actual wrong.
Assume the tax adviser artlessly looks at the K-1 from the above-mentioned year return, and notices that the accountability was advised as “recourse” because A and B accept alone affirmed the debt. Because the debt is recourse — at atomic in the adviser’s assessment — the rules accustomed in Aizawa govern. The transaction charge be bifurcated: first, the affiliation is advised as if it awash the architecture for its FMV of $750,000 aback it has a base of $700,000, consistent in $50,000 of accretion beneath Section 1001. Then, because the affiliation does not pursue the LLC for the actual $50,000 absence ($800,000 agenda antithesis beneath $750,000 sales bulk in auction), the LLC recognizes $50,000 of COD. This COD assets is allocated 50/50 to A and B.
Because A and B are insolvent, however, they may account themselves of Section 108(a)(1)(B) to the admeasurement of their insolvency. Assuming both individuals are bankrupt by added than $25,000, they are acceptable to exclude the $25,000 of COD from their taxable income, admitting they charge afresh abate assertive tax attributes, such as net operating losses, basic accident carryfowards, etc…
In total, A and B accept recognizes $25,000 of taxable accretion and $25,000 of absolutely afar COD.
The problem, however, is that the tax adviser got this all wrong. In free whether the mortgage is nonrecourse or recourse, we don’t affliction about how the accountability was allocated on Schedule K-1 to A and B. Section 752 cares about how the LLC’s disability to pay the mortgage impacts A and B. Section 1001, which is area we should be attractive to ascertain the liability, cares about what happens to the LLC if the LLC doesn’t pay the mortgage.
In the case study, I explained that if the LLC bootless to pay the mortgage, the alone advantage the lender had was to appropriate the architecture and advertise it at auction; it could not accompany the LLC for any actual deficiency. Does this complete like a nonrecourse accountability or a recourse accountability to you?
It’s a nonrecourse liability, and that is not afflicted by advantage of the actuality that A and B’s claimed guarantees accomplish the accountability recourse for Section 752 purposes!!
Again, if the LLC can’t pay, the lender can’t go afterwards the LLC. The lender can go afterwards A and B, but that doesn’t appulse the assurance of the attributes of the accountability to the LLC.
Thus, our mortgage is appropriately advised a nonrecourse mortgage. Howe does that change things?
Under Crane and Tufts, when acreage is bankrupt up that is accountable to a nonrecourse mortgage, the FMV of the acreage is irrelevant. Instead, the acreage is advised as if it were awash for the absolute antithesis of the nonrecourse mortgage. In this case, the debt antithesis was $800,000, the tax base $700,000, consistent in $100,000 of accretion from the bargain of property.
Importantly, none of this accretion is advised COD income, which agency that no exclusions beneath Section 108 are available. And because this wasn’t a assumption residence, the Section 1221 exclusion is out as well. This agency that A and B will anniversary be allocated $50,000 of gain, with no exclusions accessible to abate the blow. As a result, both A and B will admit an added $25,000 of assets over what they would accept accustomed had the LLC mortgage been recourse.
What Did We Learn?
The allocation of a accountability as recourse or nonrecourse for purposes of Section 1001 – which governs the absolute acreage affairs declared aloft – alter from the classifications acclimated beneath Section 752 for purposes of allocating affiliation liabilities to partners. For example, a mortgage may be advised “recourse” to a affiliation for Section 1001 purposes – because the lender can accompany the affiliation for any actual absence if the acreage amount drops beneath the accommodation antithesis – but that does not beggarly it is recourse for Section 752 purposes. This is because for Section 752 purposes, we are anxious with what appropriate the lender would accept adjoin the partners, rather than the partnership. If the affiliation at affair were an LLC, which about provides that a accomplice is not alone amenable for the debts of the partnership, a recourse debt at the affiliation level will be classified as nonrecourse to the partners, because while the affiliation is on the angle for any actual deficiency, the alone ally are not.
Conversely, as we saw in our case study, a mortgage that is nonrecourse to a affiliation — because the lender’s alone advantage is to appropriate the acreage and it cannot accompany the affiliation for any actual absence – may able-bodied be advised as recourse to a accurate accomplice if the accomplice guarantees the accountability or is the one who fabricated the accommodation to the partnership.
This added complication does tax admiral no favors. We are affected to anticipate abnormally about liabilities than in the foreclosure ambience – we charge get a handle on not alone what options the lender has adjoin the partnership, but additionally the partners.
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