Pass-Through Entity-Level Tax: Partnership Tax Payments and Transferability Questions

Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019

    1. Can the partnership get credit for estimated tax payments made by its partners, or vice versa depending on whether an election is made?

    2. Can an electing partnership transfer payments from the entity's pass-through withholding account (Form PW-ES payments) to the entity-level tax account (Form 3-ES payments)?

    3. Can an electing partnership transfer payments from the entity-level income tax account (Form 3-ES payments) to the entity's pass-through withholding account (Form PW-ES payments)?

    4. Is an electing partnership required to make quarterly estimated tax payments?

    5. How does a partnership make a payment if there is an amount due with the return?

    6. How does a partnership make a payment for an amount due on an amended return?

    7. In the first year a partnership makes an election to pay tax at the entity level, is the partnership subject to underpayment interest on late estimated tax payments even if the prior year Wisconsin tax liability for the partnership was zero?

    8. If an electing partnership does not pay the full amount of taxes due by the 15th day of the 3rd month following the close of the partnership's taxable year, what interest rate will apply?

    9. Is an electing partnership required to make pass-through withholding tax payments for nonresident partners?

    10. If an electing partnership made withholding tax payments for a nonresident partner, how does the withholding get refunded?

    11. Does the entity-level tax election change how a partnership reports its nonresident entertainer withholding paid by another person on its behalf?


Applicable Laws and Rules

This document provides statements or interpretations of the following laws and regulations enacted as of January 18, 2022: secs. 71.03, 71.05, 71.09, 71.20, 71.21, 71.75, 71.775, 71.82, 71.84 and 73.03, Wis. Stats.

Laws enacted and in effect after this date, new administrative rules, and court decisions may change the interpretations in this document. Guidance issued prior to this date, that is contrary to the information in this document is superseded by this document, according to sec. 73.16(2)(a), Wis. Stats.

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Guidance Document Number: 100183

January 18, 2022