Q: I didn't receive any cash distributions on my units. Why are there reportable items on my Schedule K-1 that are subject to tax?
A: No U.S. federal income taxes are paid by USAG. Instead, USAG files an annual information return and each unitholder is required to report on his/her U.S. federal income tax return his/her allocable share of the income, gain, loss and deduction of USAG. USAG has not made and does not intend to make any distributions; this means unitholders are required to report their allocable share of income whether the income is distributed or not.
Q: Why do I receive a Schedule K-1 rather than a Form 1099?
A: Since USAG is treated as a partnership for U.S. Income Tax purposes, the information is required to be reported on a Schedule K-1 instead of a Form 1099.
Q: Why didn't I receive my Schedule K-1 by January 31, which is the date required for distribution of Forms 1099?
A: USAG strives to provide the Schedule K-1 information as early as possible, typically by the second week of March. USAG must obtain information regarding ownership interests bought and sold during the year from brokers and nominees. Much of this information is not provided to USAG until late January. This information is reviewed and then processed with other information resulting in printing and mailing during March. In general, USAG is required to provide this information by April 15th, or September 15th if an extension is requested.
Q: Why doesn't my financial advisor/accountant/broker receive this information for my account?
A: This information is only sent to the address associated with the account in which the units of USAG are held. Currently, it is the obligation of USAG to provide the information directly to the unitholder. USAG is not able to accommodate any special or duplicate mailing requests.
Q: If I purchased USAG units, what is my tax reporting responsibility for this investment?
A: Please consult a tax professional. Generally, any income, capital gain/loss, expense and other items reported to you on the Schedule K-1 must be included in your tax return.
Q: If I sold USAG units, what is my tax reporting responsibility for this transaction?
A: Please consult a tax professional. Generally, your gain/loss on the sale of units must be included in your tax return. The sales schedule reflects sales of your units and includes related adjustments to your tax basis.
Q: How is my tax basis determined for computing gain or loss?
A: Your tax basis is generally the original amount paid for the units adjusted as follows:
- Increased by the allocable share of income and gain reported to you on the Schedule K-1
- Reduced by the allocable share of expense and loss reported to you on the Schedule K-1
Again, you should consult a tax professional.
Q: Is any of the allocated income Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) to tax-exempt investors?
A: Not under current federal income tax laws.