A partnership agreement sets forth the terms and conditions that govern the relationship
between business partners and their obligations to the partnership. Without a written
partnership agreement, state law may determine the default rules as to the rights of
partners and how partnership assets and liabilities will be distributed. Depending on the
goals and purposes of the partnership, various provisions can be included in the
agreement detailing the rules that will govern the relationship between the partners and
what shall occur if specific contingencies arise. This partnership agreement article on
Allocation of Profit and Loss may be inserted into a partnership agreement and can be
modified depending on the partners’ specific needs.
PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ARTICLE
RE: ALLOCATION OF PROFIT AND LOSS
Profits and Losses.
A. At the end of every financial year the net profit of the Partnership shall be determined.
B. Such profit shall be divided between the Partners in the same proportion as their respective
contribution to the Partnership. While the Partners shall be entitled to make such monthly drawings
from the Partnership as may be agreed by and between them, the same shall be adjusted against
their share of the net profit at the end of the relevant financial year. In the event of profits not being
earned or not being sufficiently earned in the relevant financial year, the Partners shall forthwith
reimburse to the Partnership the amount of their drawings or the amounts drawn by them in excess
of their share of profits, or alternatively shall have their drawing adjusted against profits, if any
earned during the immediately succeeding financial year. In the event of a Partner choosing to have
his/her/its drawings or excess drawings adjusted against net profits earned during the next financial
year, the same shall be considered to be a loan granted by the Partnership to such Partner, which
shall carry interest at the rate of ___% (_______ percent) per annum.
C. In the event any Partner chooses to leave his/her/its share of net profits in the company, he/she/it
shall not be entitled to any interest on the same and shall further be liable for any tax that the
Partnership may be liable to pay thereon.
D. The Partners shall be entitled to leave the profits in the firm for reasons that may suit their
personal situation, but they shall withdraw the dividends.
E. The Partners shall not be entitled to any salary, except as may be agreed by all the Partners.
F. The losses of the business shall be borne by the Partners in proportion with their shares in the
Partnership unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing.
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