- Develop your plan
Start to decide whether you are going to sell all of your stocks or transfer them to your members. There are tax advantages to transferring appreciated stock to withdrawing members. Tell your broker to sell those investments that you plan to sell. If you are going to transfer stocks, your members should open accounts with your club brokerage firm.
Do not distribute all of your assets until you have completed the steps below. There may be wrap-up transactions that will affect the value of what each person is owed. If you make distributions too early, it will be difficult to impossible to try and correct any mistakes.
- Wait for Final Dividends, Income and Expenses
If you have stocks that you are selling or have transferred that pay dividends, wait until all the dividends are received and recorded in your club records. This can take a couple of months.
To determine when you may have dividends coming in, look up your stocks on www.dividendinvestor.com If you owned a stock on the ex-dividend date, you will be receiving another dividend from it. You cannot close down your club completely until all your dividends are received.
This becomes especially important if you are disbanding near the end of the year. If you will receive dividends in the following calendar year you will need to file both current year taxes and a final, short year tax return for the following calendar year.
Sell any shares of stock you have a loss in and/or you have decided not to transfer to members.
- RECONCILE YOUR RECORDS
Do a final reconciliation of your club records. If you have sold stocks, make sure your bivio capital gains and losses report agrees with a realized gain/loss report you get from your broker.
- Enter Withdrawals for All Members
Once all entries are made and all records are reconciled, you must enter
Full Member Withdrawal transactions using the Withdraw button you'll find if you go to Accounting>Members. Choose a valuation date that is later than the final transaction in your account. All members must have full withdrawal entries made for them in order for you to prepare a final tax return.
Note that there is a screen in the withdrawal process that asks if you wish to continue to let a withdrawn member have access to the club account. If you would like to have your members have access to their tax forms online, be sure to check the correct response.
- Prepare Your Final Tax Return
Complete the partnership tax interview. If the year is not over you will be filing a partial year return. You will be using the previous years tax forms but will find the link to prepare the partial year form under the current year.
Your final tax return is due on the 15th day of the 3rd month following your month of termination. The IRS has not defined the exact date of termination, but we feel you are safe in choosing the date of the sale or transfer of your last security. If you need to file a return before the year has ended, the short period return will be generated on last year's tax forms with this year's data.
The ability to prepare partial year returns is made available sometime in May, after clubs have finished filing their previous year tax returns. It remains available only until the end of the current year. So, for example, the ability to prepare partial year 2013 returns on 2012 forms is available from May of 2013 to Dec. 31 of 2013.
Once it's ready, it's easy to use. After all your member withdrawals have been entered, go to Accounting>Taxes and select the year you're preparing the partial year return for from the year drop down box.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU ARE DISBANDING IN 2018 AND NEED 2018 PARTIAL YEAR RETURNS
There are significant changes coming for 2018 partnership tax returns. As of this point, full information has not been released from the IRS about this. This means that bivio may not be able to offer Federal partial year preparation for 2018 returns. You may need to work with an outside tax preparer or CPA to get them done using information you have recorded in your bivio accounting
Note We cannot generate partial year returns for the state tax forms. If your state requires them, you will have to fill in and file them manually.
- Distribute Tax Forms
Download the tax forms for your club's final tax return. Send all tax forms in to the IRS and distribute each members K-1 to him or her. If all of your members are withdrawn, bivio will mark your return as "final."
Club members need to save their K-1 forms to use to prepare their individual returns when they file at the normal time after the first of the year. They should also receive withdrawal reports which will contain additional capital gain or loss information they need to include on their taxes.
We will keep a backup of your club files and accounting data for 7 years from the date your final subscription expires. You can also save your information outside of bivio by exporting your club data in an open XML format file and by saving copies of any tax filings you prepared in bivio (along with pertinent information) as PDF files or paper copies.
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