Partners pay tax on income earned even if it is not paid out to them
The taxation of Family Limited Partnerships should be carefully considered in advance of setting up and rolling out your new FLP.
FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP DEFINED
State laws have provisions allowing people to establish limited partnerships. Limited partnerships provide limited liability protection for the limited partners similar to the liability protection afforded corporation shareholders. The limited partnership is established by filing a form in the state in which it is being established and by the preparation of a limited partnership agreement which governs the ownership income and management of the partnership. The limited partnership agreement is custom prepared by the attorney forming the limited partnership and can have many variable aspects that need to be considered as part of the formation process.
A family limited partnership is legally no different from any other limited partnership except that it’s only members are family members. The term “family limited partnership” is something commonly used in the estate planning and asset protection field. A family limited partnership will have one or more general partners and one or more limited partners. Their respective roles are defined in the chart below: