How do I dissolve or disband my club?

Starting with the 2005 tax printer, we were able to offer the option to file a short year return to clubs using Club Accounting 3 and Club Accounting Online. If the club disbands during the year, the previous year's tax printer can be used to create final tax forms. Once you have followed the disbanding directions below, run the Tax Printer. It will detect that the club has dissolved, and will prepare final returns for the period starting January 1, of the year the club is disbanding, and ending with the date that operations ceased. Note - you will have to insert the beginning and ending dates on all schedules produced by the Tax Printer.

NOTE: While there is not a specific date during the year when these forms can no longer be used, there are some guidelines set by the IRS about clubs who consider closing early
IF THE CURRENT TAX YEAR FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE BY THE DEADLINE TO FILE THE SHORT-YEAR RETURN, A PARTNERSHIP IS REQUIRED TO USE THE CURRENT YEAR YEAR FORMS.

Our accounting advisor offers the following advice on what this means for clubs.
-If a club disbands in December, their deadline is March 15 of the following year. Tax forms should ALWAYS be available by then so these clubs should always wait to use the new forms.
-A November dissolution has a deadline of February 15. Forms are usually ready by mid January to early February. These clubs should wait for the new forms to file their returns.
-An October dissolution has a deadline of January 15. Most years forms will be available by this date. If large tax law changes are enacted, forms may not be available by Feb 15. While this is uncommon, it has happened in the past.

Based on this, we recommend that clubs considering disbanding in the last quarter should wait until the new year to file, and use the forms for that year. To be safe, those dissolving in October can file for a 5 month extension using form 7004 to anticipate the event the 1065 forms are not ready by Feb 15.
Two other things to keep in mind:
1.) File in a timely manner; better to file on time and need to make a correction, than file late and hope nobody notices.
2.) If the tax law changes, a dissolving partnership must follow the law in effect for the year they dissolve no matter which forms they use.
For example, a club dissolving in April 2010 would need to use 2010 law even if using the 2009 forms. Significant law changes can be a problem for customers using the previous year tax printer to file their final return. This is because that tax printer will not include the tax law changes needed to file an accurate return for the following year.

One recent example is the split of dividends into qualifying and non-qualifying. Clubs with some history will also remember the splitting of capital gains into 3 categories one year (long-term, medium-term and short-term) and a year or so later back to the current 2 categories.
In those cases, the previous year's tax printer would NOT produce an accurate final return for a dissolved club on the previous year's forms.

Before completing a short year return, be sure that you have have all income from your club's holdings (Especially any dividends, or account interest). If you do not, you may end up getting a dividend or other income after you've already disbanded the club and handed out the checks. If this happens, you technically must re-run disbanding the club, change how much you paid everyone out, and refile. Your club is officially disbanded when you cut the checks, not when the vote takes place.

Keeping the above information in mind, there are two ways to dissolve the club and distribute the proceeds among club members; the "Cash Only" method and the "Cash and Stock Transfer" method. If there are gains on some of your unsold shares, there may be tax advantages to the Cash and Stock Transfer method; please consult your tax adviser. Please be advised that after you disband your club the IRS requires you to file your final tax return by the 15th day of the 3rd month after operations have ceased. The return will cover the period from the start of the year up to the date that operations ceased.

 

I. Cash Only Withdrawals Method

1. Sell all Securities.
2. Enter all "Sell" transactions into Club Accounting.
3. Record all final transactions; this includes dividends, income, expenses, etc. We strongly suggest to check the dividend schedule for your stocks, so that you do not end up in a situation where the club receives a dividend after all checks are sent out.
4. Enter a valuation for the day after all transactions have been entered.
5. Print a Member Status Report on the last valuation date.
6. Withdraw all members one day after the last valuation date. Do NOT charge any withdrawal fees. Since this is a final withdrawal, make the Payout date the same as the Announcement/Transaction date.
7. Print the Withdrawal Distribution Reports.

If, for any reason, the club receives money after the withdrawals have been entered, please see FAQ 1473 at: http://www.iclub.com/faq/index.php?solution_id=1473



To process your final tax return you should print and keep copies of the following reports:

* The withdrawal distribution report for each member
* A copy of the valuation statement that was used to disband the club
* A copy of the Income and Expense report and the Balance Sheet
* A copy of the Transaction Report for the entire year to date.
* A copy of each members Individual Valuation Units Ledger from the time each member joined the club.
* A copy of the Security Transactions History or Individual Security Ledger, for each stock that you sold or distributed to members.

 

The IRS currently requires you to file your final form 1065, K and K-1 forms by the 15th day of the 3rd month following the date operations ceased.

 

II. Cash and Stock Transfer Withdrawals Method

1. Sell all Securities that are not to be transferred.
2. Enter all "Sell" transactions into Club Accounting for those Securities sold.
3. Record all final transactions; this includes dividends, income, expenses, etc. We strongly suggest to check the dividend schedule for your stocks, so that you do not end up in a situation where the club receives a dividend after all checks are sent out.
4. Enter a New Valuation. Use a date after the last sell transactions were entered.
5. Print a Members Status Report for the valuation date in Step 4.
6. Withdraw all members who are receiving CASH ONLY after the valuation date in step 4. Do NOT charge any withdrawal fees. These withdrawals can all have the same date, which should be one day later than the last valuation. The payout date should be the same as the Announcement/Transaction date, for all of the Cash Only withdrawals.
7. Enter any "Stock" withdrawals after all "Cash Only" withdrawals are entered.
8. Club accounting (all versions) will not accept two stock withdrawals on the same day, therefore each withdrawal with a stock transfer must be entered on a different date. Similar to the Cash Only withdrawals, enter the first stock withdrawal on the date after the valuation date.
9. Enter the next stock withdrawal, dated no earlier than the next day. Again, make sure that for each withdrawal, the payout and announcement dates match one another.
10. Continue until the last withdrawal is entered, then print Withdrawal Distribution Reports.


To help illustrate the above information, imagine a club with ten members where half want just cash, and half want some shares. The club has entered all final transactions as of Friday of a given week. The treasurer sits down Monday afternoon to enter the final valuation, using closing prices from that day.

The treasurer can then enter the withdrawals for all of the members who want only cash. For each of those withdrawals, both the Payout and the Announcement/Transaction date will be Tuesday.

The treasurer then starts working on the withdrawals for members who want shares of stock. The first of these withdrawals will share the Tuesday Payout and Announcement/Transaction date that all of the cash only withdrawals share.

Since our accounting system needs to have each Cash and Stock withdrawal on a separate date, the next withdrawal is dated Wednesday. Because the two dates on a final withdrawal need to match one another, the treasurer enters Wednesday as both the Payout and Announcement/Transaction date. This trend continues for each Cash and Stock withdrawal, so that the final withdrawal will show Saturday for both the Payout and Announcement/Transaction date.

NOTE: Since all withdrawal values are based on the Valuation and Member Status reports, there is no impact or problem if the withdrawals end up being dated on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday.


If, for any reason, the club receives money after the withdrawals have been entered, please see FAQ 1473 at: http://www.iclub.com/faq/index.php?solution_id=1473 

 

NOTE ON CAPITAL GAINS WHEN TRANSFERRING STOCK TO A MEMBER
Assuming a member eventually sells any stock that was transferred to them, their capital gain amount will be based on an adjusted basis, determined in part by the value of the stock used when calculating their withdrawal, not the capital gain based on the club's original purchase price. For a more in-depth explanation of the adjustments done at the time of withdrawal, please see http://www.iclub.com/faq/index.php?solution_id=1414

Whether the gain is considered Long or Short term however is determined by the date the club originally acquired the stock; not the withdrawal or transfer date

Some brokers may not be familiar with partnership regulations, so if you transfer stock, make CERTAIN to remind the members to hold on to their withdrawal reports. When it comes time to record capital gains, whoever prepares the taxes for the member will want to use the information on the withdrawal report to make sure the amount and term of the capital gains are reported correctly to the IRS.

If the club uses the Tax Printer software, and you have followed the NOTE at the beginning of this email, print the club's 1065 and K-1's for all the members for the final year, using the Tax Printer for the prior year. Make sure to check the "final return" box on Form 1065 manually.

 

Producing the Final Forms

 

If you are using the myiclub.com online tax printer:

  1. Click on the Taxes tab, and click the Go button.
    1. If you are closing the club after the middle of the year, the web site may already be updated in preparation for the coming year's taxes. In that case, check near the bottom of the page for a link to access archived tax returns, and click it.
    2. The page that comes up will show a reminder that you are using tax forms for a previous year, and should not use them to file returns for the current year. This only applies in cases where the club is not closing, so you are OK to continue, by clicking the GO button.
  2. The tax printer may suggest to preform a year-end allocation. The act of performing withdrawals for all members achieves the same effect as the year end allocation, so you do not need to perform the allocation separately.
  3. If you have not previously used the tax printer to generate forms, the printer will begin the process to generate the club's final forms, otherwise scroll down near the bottom of the page, and click the Regenerate button.
  4. Just above the first regular question, you will find a check-box noting that the club has closed. Make sure to put a check-mark in that box, so that the tax printer will only include tansactions for the current year.
  5. When filling out the tax printer, you will be asked to enter cost basis information for all stocks sold during the year. If your broker can provide information that would normally appear on the 1099 at the end of the year, go ahead and use that information. If not, we suggest to fill in the cost basis figures calculated by the accounting system. The 'Basis not reported', and 'No 1099 received' options should only be used if your broker can verify ahead of time what information will not appear, or not be reported on the 1099. If there is any doubt, fill in the cost basis information from the accounting system.
  6. When the tax forms have been generated, you will be returned to the page that shows up after clicking the Go button; the forms available to download will look the same, except that they will only include information from January of the year the club dissolved, up to the club closing date, as well as including a check-mark in the 'Final Return' box for the 1065, and each member K1 form.
  7. Don't forget; once the forms are printed out, you will need to fill in the date fields at the top of the 1065 and K-1 forms, to reflect that the club was in operation from January 1st of the current year, until whatever date the withdrawal checks were cut for the members.

 

If you are using the desktop Club Accounting 3 tax printer:

  1. Click the Taxes menu, and select the tax printer.
  2. The tax printer will check for updates, and do a few housekeeping tasks, then take you to a screen to start entering club information. The tax printer may suggest to preform a year-end allocation. The act of performing withdrawals for all members achieves the same effect as the year end allocation, so you do not need to perform the allocation separately
  3. Fill in the information on each page, clicking Next to advance.
  4. When filling out the tax printer, you will be asked to enter cost basis information for all stocks sold during the year. If your broker can provide information that would normally appear on the 1099 at the end of the year, go ahead and use that information. If not, we suggest to fill in the cost basis figures calculated by the accounting system. The 'Basis not reported', and 'No 1099 received' options should only be used if your broker can verify ahead of time what information will not appear, or not be reported on the 1099. If there is any doubt, fill in the cost basis information from the accounting system
  5. When the tax forms have been generated, you will be see the regular window to download the club tax forms. The forms that appear after clicking the Finish button will look the same as the standard tax forms you might generate for a gven year, except that they will only include information from January of the year the club dissolved, up to the club closing date, as well as including a check-mark in the 'Final Return' box for the 1065, and each member K1 form.
  6. Don't forget; once the forms are printed out, you will need to fill in the date fields at the top of the 1065 and K-1 forms, to reflect taht the club was in operation from January 1st of the current year, until wahtever date the withdrawal checks were cut for the members.

 

What to keep after the club closes

The treasurer (or other officer of the club) should keep the following:

  • Keep tax-related records a minimum of 3 years, but preferably 7.
  • If there are any years when the club did NOT file a 1065, records for those years should be kept forever.
  • Copies of tax returns should also be kept forever.

This list is based on our reading of the following IRS web site:

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Recordkeeping