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Form 4797 not generated for a partnership or S corporation

SOLVEDby Intuit2Updated March 14, 2022

Form 4797 won't generate with 1065 or 1120S returns if the disposed assets have prior section 179 expense.

Why doesn't the sale flow to Form 4797, Part III?

According to the IRS Instructions for Form 1120S and Instructions for Form 1065, S-corporations and partnerships shouldn’t use Form 4797 to report the sale or disposition of property if a section 179 deduction was previously passed through to any of its owners for that property. Instead, the asset information must be provided to partners and shareholders with their Schedule K-1, so that they can complete Form 4797 with their individual returns.

Where is the disposition reported?

ProConnect will report the sale on the shareholder’s or partner’s Schedule K-1 and generate a supplemental statement with all of the information about the asset needed to prepare the owner’s return. Owners who claimed the section 179 deduction on their tax return, such as individuals, will report their portion of the sale on Form 4797.

For partnership returns:

The information required will flow to the Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) as Supplemental Information for Box 20, Code L.

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For S corporate returns:

The information required will flow to the Schedule K-1 as Supplemental Information for Box 17, Code K.

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How do I allocate disposition amounts to each owner?

For partnership returns, you can use the Special Allocations tab at the top of the program to allocate the gain or loss on disposition of section 179 assets. Or follow the steps below to override the allocation of an individual asset.

By default, ProConnect will allocate the section 179 asset information to partners or shareholders based on their ownership percentage. If you need to allocate a different way, each asset entry screen offers partner/shareholder overrides you can use to adjust the allocation of a specific item.

Using partner or shareholder overrides

Follow the steps below based on which screen you used to enter the disposition information.

You don't need to re-enter any asset or sale info already in the return - these steps will just help you find and use the partner/shareholder override fields that correspond to your existing inputs.

  1. On the left-side menu, select Ordinary Income. Then click on the Depreciation (4562) screen.
  2. Locate the sold asset in the grid, and click the Details button.
  3. Select the Disposition section along the top of the input screen.
  4. Scroll down to the Additional Disposition Information section.
  5. Locate the Disposition of Section 179 Property subsection.
  6. Click inside of the Partner overrides or Shareholder overrides field to expand it.
  7. Enter the Partner number or Shareholder number for each owner on the return.
    • This corresponds to the order you entered them on the Partner Information or Shareholder Information screen.
  8. Enter the percentage of this asset you want to allocate in Partner % or Shareholder %. For any partner or shareholder who should receive none, enter -1.
  1. On the left-side menu, select Schedule K. Then click on the Dispositions screen.
  2. Locate the sold asset in the grid, and click the Details button.
  3. Select the Less Common Scenarios section along the top of the input screen.
  4. Scroll down to the Disposition of Section 179 Property section.
  5. Click inside of the Partner overrides or Shareholder overrides field to expand it.
  6. Enter the Partner number or Shareholder number for each owner on the return.
    • This corresponds to the order you entered them on the Partner Information or Shareholder Information screen.
  7. Enter the percentage of this asset you want to allocate in Partner % or Shareholder %. For any partner or shareholder who should receive none, enter -1.

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