New IRS Audit Rules May Require Partnerships to Amend Agreements

Thanks to a change in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) partnership audit procedure, business’ filing a partnership return may be at a greater risk for an IRS audit because of the partnership agreement itself. Under the new audit plan, effective January 1, 2018, partnerships are audited at the entity level and any tax due is to be paid by the partnership instead of the partners. This streamlines the audit process for the IRS and reduces the need to open audits for each individual partner, but it leaves the IRS expecting to have to audit a lot more returns because of filing errors.