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Allocation of losses in LLPs

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Published: 01 Jan 2019 Reviewed: 21 Jan 2020 Update History

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Treatment of losses within the accounts of a limited liability partnership.


This helpsheet has been issued by ICAEW’s Technical Advisory Service to help ICAEW members to understand whether losses need to be allocated to members within an LLP’s accounts.

Allocation of losses

Whether or not losses are allocated out to the members of an LLP will depend on the membership agreement, which must be read carefully.

The majority of LLP membership agreements will not make any specific provision in relation to the allocation of losses. In such cases, the loss should be allocated to ‘Other reserves’ forming part of ‘Members’ other interests’ on the balance sheet.

If, however, the membership agreement does make a specific provision with regard to the allocation of losses, it must be followed.

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    01 Jan 2019 (12: 00 AM GMT)
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