Accounting

Ryan Ross (111-11-1111), Oscar Oleander (222-22-2222), Clark Carey (333-33-3333), and Kim Kardigan (444-44-4444) are equal members in ROCK the ages, LLC. ROCK serves as agents and managers for prominent musicians in the Los Angeles area. The LLC’s Federal ID number is 55-5555555. It uses the cash basis and the calendar year and began operations on January 1, 2002. Its current address is 6102 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. ROCK was the force behind such music icons as Rhiannon and Ulster and has had a very profitable year. The following information was taken from the LLC’s income statement for the current year:

 

 

 

Revenues:

 

Fees and commissions                                              $4,800,000

 

Taxable interest income from bank deposits               1,600

 

Tax-exempt interest                                                             3,200

 

Gains and losses on stock sales                                         4,000

 

Total revenues                                                      $4,808,800

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

Advertising and public relations                                     $  380,000

 

Charitable contributions                                                             28,000

 

Section 179 expense                                                                  20,000

 

Employee salaries                                                                 1,000,000

 

Guaranteed payment, Ryan Ross, office manager          800,000

 

Guaranteed payment, other members                               600,000

 

Entertainment, subject to 50% disallowance                    48,000

 

Travel                                                                                           320,000

 

Legal and accounting fees                                                      132,000

 

Office rentals paid                                                                       80,000

 

Interest expense on operating line of credit                         10,000

 

Insurance premiums                                                                  52,000

 

Office expense                                                                              200,000

 

Payroll taxes                                                                                 92,000

 

Utilities                                                                                           54,800

 

Total expenses                                                              $3,968,800

 

 

 

During the past couple of years, ROCK has taken advantage of bonus depreciation and section 179 deductions and fully remodeled the premises and upgraded its leasehold improvements. This year, ROCK wrapped up its remodel with the purchase of $20,000 of office furniture for which it will claim a section 179 deduction. (For simplicity, assume that ROCK uses the same cost recovery methods for both tax and financial purposes.) There is no depreciation adjustment for alternative minimum tax purposes.

 

ROCK invests much of its excess cash in non-dividend-paying growth stocks, and tax-exempt securities. During the year, the LLC sold two securities. On June 15, 2013, ROCK purchased 1,000 shares of Tech, Inc. stock for $100,000; it sold those shares on December 15, 2013, for $80,000. On March 15, 2012, ROCK purchased 2,000 shares of BioLabs, Inc. stock for $136,000; it sold those shares for $160,000 on December 15, 2013.

 

Net income per books is $840,000. The firm’s activities do not constitute “qualified production activities” for purposes of the section 199 deduction. On January 1, 2013, the members’ capital accounts equaled $200,000 each. No additional capital contributions were made in 2013. In addition to their guaranteed payments, each member withdrew $250,000 cash during the year. The LLC’s balance sheet as of December 31, 2013, is as follows:

 

 

 

Beginning         Ending

 

Cash                                                                                               $  444,000                  ??

 

Tax-exempt securities                                                                    120,000     10,000

 

Marketable securities                                                                  436,000       300,000

 

Leasehold improvements, furniture, and equipment        960,000       980,000

 

Accumulated depreciation                                                       (960,000)    (980,000)

 

Total assets                                                                           $  1,000,000                   ??

 

 

 

Operating line of credit                                                           $  200,000    $ 160,000

 

Capital, Ross                                                                                   200,000                    ??

 

Capital, Oleander                                                                          200,000                    ??

 

Capital, Carey                                                                                 200,000                    ??

 

Capital, Kardigan                                                                          200,000                    ??

 

Total liabilities and capital                                             $  1,000,000     $            ??

 

 

 

Assume that all debt is shared equally by the members. Each member has personally guaranteed the debt of the LLC.

 

None of the members, all of whom are U.S. citizens, sold any portion of their interests in ROCK during the year. All of the entity’s financial operations are concentrated in California. The LLC had no foreign bank accounts or operations and no interest in any U.S. or foreign trusts, corporations, or partnerships. The LLC is not publicly traded and is not a statutory tax shelter. The LLC is not subject to consolidated audit procedures. Ryan Ross is the tax matters partner.

 

The business code for “Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures” is 711410. ROCK is not a partner in any other partnership. The LLC’s form 1065 was prepared by Ryan Ross and sent to the Ogden, UT IRS Service Center. All members are active in LLC operations.

 

 

 

a) Prepare form 1065, Schedule K, and relevant supporting schedules for ROCK the Ages, LLC, leaving blank any items where insufficient information has been provided. If you are using tax return preparation software, also prepare Form 4562 and Schedule D. (Note: You can assume that the answer to each “yes/no” question on Form 1065, page 3 is “no” unless otherwise discussed above.)

 

 

 

b) Prepare Schedule K-1 for Ryan Ross, 15520 W. Earlson Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 

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