Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 0
I am a partner in a newly formed commercial real estate partnership (very small business). Can anyone tell me if the "earnest money" deposit for a commercial real estate purchase is a deductible expense ? I am preparing a partnership Form 1065 for 1999 and this is a sticking point. Thank you.

No - it would be listed as a "other asset" on the balance sheet of the Pship.

If the sale is consummated the deposit would roll into the cost basis of the property purchased.

Print the post  


In accordance with IRS Circular 230, you cannot use the contents of any post on The Motley Fool's message boards to avoid tax-related penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law provisions.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.