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10115: 1065/1120/1120S - Schedule M-3


Fed Returns Generally

Why am I getting an M-3 instead of an M-1 on my 1065, 1120, or 1120-S) return?

 

Form 1065

Any entity that files Form 1065 must file Schedule M-3 (Form 1065) if any of the following are true:

  1. amount of total assets at the end of the tax year reported on Schedule L, line 14, column (d), is equal to $10 million or more.
  2. amount of adjusted total assets for the tax year is equal to $10 million or more.
  3. amount of total receipts for the tax year is equal to $35 million or more. 
  4. An entity that is a reportable entity partner with respect to the partnership (as defined under these instructions) owns or is deemed to own, directly or indirectly, an interest of 50% or more in the partnership's capital, profit, or loss on any day during the tax year of the partnership.

Note: Partnerships not required to file Schedule M-3 may voluntarily file Schedule M-3.

Form 1120

If the total assets at the end of the corporation's tax year equal or exceed $10 million, the corporation must file Schedule M-3. 

Form 1120-S

If the total assets at the end of the corporation's tax year equal or exceed $10 million, the corporation must file Schedule M-3. 

Note: A U.S. corporation filing Form 1120-S that isn't required to file Schedule M-3 may voluntarily file Schedule M-3 instead of Schedule M-1.

Notes:

  • Certain income and deduction amounts and adjustments flow to Schedule M-3, but all other M-3 data must be entered manually. If Schedule M-3 is present in a return, no Schedule M-1 is generated.
  • If the return does not meet the criteria to file an M-3, check for entries made on any of the Schedule M-3 screens which should not be there. 
    • Wks M1C explains the adjustments flowing to Schedules M-1 and M-3 for the 1120.
    • Wks M1S explains the adjustments flowing to Schedules M-1 and M-3 for the 1120S.
  • When an M-3 is required but total assets at tax-year-end are less than $50 million, then
    • The taxpayer must either:
      • Complete Schedule M-3 entirely.
      • Or complete Schedule M-3 through Part I and complete Schedule M-1 instead of completing Parts II and III of Schedule M-3 (in which case, line 1 of Schedule M-1 must equal line 11 of Schedule M-3).
    • The taxpayer is not required to file Schedule C (Form 1065), Schedule B (Form 1120) or Form 8916-A.
  • In Drake Tax, to voluntarily file Schedule M-3, make the appropriate selection from the Force Print Schedule M-3 (1065), Force Print M3 (1120-S), or Voluntarily File M-3 (1120) drop list at the top of the M3 screen.

See the following IRS resources for details: 


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