About Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income


Partnerships file an information return to report their income, gains, losses, deductions, credits, etc.

A partnership does not pay tax on its income but "passes through" any profits or losses to its partners. Partners must include partnership items on their tax or information returns.

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Partnerships use Schedule B-1 (Form 1065) to provide information applicable to certain entities, individuals, and estates that own, directly or indirectly, an interest of 50% or more in the profit, loss, or capital of the partnership.

Schedule B-1 (Form 1065)PDF

Some filers of Schedule M-3 (Form 1065), Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation for Certain Partnerships, use Schedule C (Form 1065) to provide answers to additional questions.

Schedule C (Form 1065)PDF 

Instructions for Schedule C (Form 1065)

Use this schedule to report:

  • The overall capital gains and losses from transactions reported on Form 8949, Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets.
  • Certain transactions the partnership doesn't have to report on Form 8949.
  • Capital gains from installment sales from Form 6252, Installment Sale Income.
  • Capital gains and losses from like-kind exchanges from Form 8824, Like-Kind Exchanges (and section 1043 conflict-of-interest sales).
  • Partnership's share of net capital gains and losses, including specially allocated capital gains and losses, from partnerships, estates, and trusts.
  • Capital gain distributions.

Schedule D (Form 1065)PDF

Instructions for Schedule D (Form 1065)PDF

Schedules K-2 & K-3 are new for tax year 2021. They are extensions of Schedule K and are used to report items of international tax relevance from the operation of a partnership.

Schedule K-2PDF 

Schedule K-3PDF 

Instructions for Schedules K-2 & K-3 PDF 

Instructions for Schedule K-3PDF

Partnerships file Schedule M-3 (Form 1065) to:

  • Answer questions about their financial statements and reconcile financial statement net income (loss) for the consolidated financial statement group to income (loss) per the income statement for the partnership.
  • Reconcile financial statement net income (loss) for the partnership to line 1 of the Analysis of Net Income (Loss) found on Form 1065 and Form 1065-B.

Schedule M-3 (Form 1065)PDF 

Instructions for Schedule M-3 (Form 1065)

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