Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Property Tax Annotations
220.0000 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP
220.0510 Partnership. Where a partnership agreement does not provide for continuation of the partnership, the death of a partner results in a dissolution of the partnership. In a two-person partnership in which each partner holds a 50 percent partnership interest, if an heir succeeds to the partnership interest of a deceased partner, there is an immediate transfer of the deceased partner's partnership interest upon his or her death but the heir does not become a partner. The transfer of the deceased partner's partnership interest constitutes a transfer of 50 percent or less of the total partnership interest, and there is no change in ownership pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 64(a). Additionally, if the heir is a spouse, such a transfer would also be excluded by Revenue and Taxation Code section 63.
If the surviving partner and the heir become equal partners, they effectively form a new partnership in one of two ways, either of which is a change in ownership of the property involved. The first is by a transfer from the dissolved partnership with the surviving partner as sole partner to the new partnership with the surviving partner and heir as partners. The proportional ownership interests do not remain the same after the transfer. The second involves a transfer of the real property from the partnership to the surviving partner and to the heir in equal shares and subsequent transfers of the real property by the parties to the new partnership with themselves as equal partners. Although the parties would hold the same proportional interests before and after each transfer and the Revenue and Taxation Code section 62(a)(2) could be applicable, the transfers would result in changes in ownership under the step transaction doctrine.
If the partnership liquidates, there is a change in ownership of the real property, but the section 62(a)(2) exclusion is applicable. Upon dissolution, the surviving partner is empowered to wind up the partnership by statutory authority, but he or she receives no vested or beneficial interest in the deceased partner's share of the partnership or its assets. When the real property is distributed to the surviving partner and the heir, the proportional ownership interests in the real property transferred are the same. C 4/11/1997.