DEFINITION of 'Publicly Traded Partnership - PTP'

A business organization owned by two or more co-owners, that is regularly traded on an established securities market. A publicly traded partnership is a limited partnership managed by two or more general partners that can be individuals, corporations or other partnerships, and that is capitalized by limited partners who provide capital, but have no management role in the partnership.


Also known as master limited partnerships or MLPs.

BREAKING DOWN 'Publicly Traded Partnership - PTP'

A publicly traded partnership combines certain tax benefits of a limited partnership, with the liquidity of a publicly traded security. Publicly traded partnerships must engage in certain businesses, due to limitations in the U.S. Code, including businesses related to the use of natural resources, such as petroleum and natural gas extraction and transportation.


In order to qualify for publicly traded partnership status, the partnership must generate a minimum of 90% of its income from "qualifying" sources, as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As partnerships, they avoid the statutory corporate income tax at state and Federal levels.

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