Partnership payment question

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I will hopefully be doing my first multifamily deal soon and am going to partner with someone I trust. He has the cash and I am bringing the deal. When we talked about potential profit splits, he said he could 1099 me and send me my half every month. I am worried about the tax implications of this. How do you typically handle disbursing money in a partnership?

@Jacob Calbillo

Do you and your colleague have a partnership agreement or a loan agreement?
Are you paying your partner a fixed percentage based on his loan amount?
if this is a buy and hold - does your partner receive a share of the rental net income?
if this if a fix and flip - does your partner receive a share of the selling price?

If your agreement is strictly loan based - you technically are not a partnership and you would pay him interest income based on the amount he loaned and the interest rate you agreed upon.
You would issue him a 1099-INT for the interest paid to him during the year.
On the flip side - you would be entitled to a deduction for the interest that you paid him.
This scenario would not require a partnership return(Form 1065)

If the agreement calls for profits to be split; this is a partnership agreement and you would need to prepare a partnership return. Each partner in the partnership would receive a k-1 from the partnership detailing his share of partnership income/losses.
The K-1 would then be reported on their tax return.

Basit Siddiqi, CPA

Thank you for your reply Basit. I was reading up on what you sent me and I have another question. I have a LLC and my partner has a separate LLC, could we use a Series LLC together and then split the profits via a K-1?

@Jacob Calbillo hello I hope your doing well with your real estate endeavors I wanted to know if u did the LLC AND SPLIT THE K-1 and how did that work for u and if u didn’t why u chose not to I live in PA so I know things vary from state to state but would like some guidance


I just created a partnership to flip properties. Two-thirds of the three of us are Realtors. The third partner is more of the bird-dog/Contractor connect. How is the world do we split profits in a fair manner?

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