December, 2011

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    December 30th, 2011


    Happy New Year

    We wish all of our readers a very happy New Year.  We started this blog almost three years ago and every month without fail we have ever increasing readership.  From just having a couple of comments and questions per month to probably having at least 10 a week, we have enjoyed every day of interacting […]

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    December 29th, 2011


    Crop Insurances Proceeds – Update

    An alert reader let me know that one of my points on how to defer your crop insurance proceeds was not written as well as it could have been.  In my original post, I had indicated that each crop is a “separate” business unit, then each crop is looked at separately.  This separate business unit […]

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    December 27th, 2011


    When Do I Report My Crop Insurance Proceeds?

    We had a reader ask the following question: “I was flooded on one farm & hailed on another so received multi-peril income this year. How much of our MPCI can be deferred?” Without knowing all the facts here, we can give general advice on how much crop insurance proceeds can be deferred from one year […]

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    December 24th, 2011


    Payroll Tax Cut Extended For Two Months – Sortof!

    President Obama signed late yesterday a new law extending the payroll tax cut for the first two months of 2012.  This means for January and February 2012, the employee’s portion of the FICA tax will be 4.2% instead of the normal 6.2%.  For self-employed farmers, for net SE farm income up to $18,350 shall be […]

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    December 23rd, 2011


    For Building to Qualify for 100% Bonus Depreciation It Must Be Complete in 2011

    We had a reader ask the following question: “I put a deposit on a building in Nov 2011 thinking that it would completed and paid for by 12/31/11. The builder has not started the building yet and says it will most likely be completed mid January. What can i do to get the 100% cost […]

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    December 21st, 2011


    Use a CRT for Retirement Income – Updated

    In my post yesterday, I need to clarify one tax aspect of the post.  When a farmer contributes all ordinary income assets such as unsold grain, farm equipment, etc. the deduction that the farmer may get is limited to his cost basis in the assets.  Since unsold grain for a cash basis taxpayer has a […]

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    December 20th, 2011


    Use a CRT for Retirement Equipment Sales

    We had a reader ask the following question: “Is there any way to reinvest money from the sale of equipment(retirement) rather than pay ordinary income tax on it?” Most farmers when they retire have a large amount of income from selling the final crop and their equipment and many times very little expenses to offset […]

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    December 19th, 2011


    Get Ready For Payroll Tax Teeter-Totter

    With the wrangling over the extension of the payroll tax between the House, Senate and President, we may not know if the payroll tax cut is in place on January 1, 2012 or not.  There is a chance that the extension of the law may occur early in 2012 and be retroactive to January 1, […]

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    December 16th, 2011


    What Happens If I Don’t Know My Cost Basis

    We had a reader ask the following question: “How do you prove what you paid for an land asset that is subject to capital gain purchased long ago if no records exist?  The land deed only shows the deed tax paid at the recorders office with no stated value.” Although the requirement for keeping records […]

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    December 15th, 2011


    Think About Paying a Tax Estimate on January 17, 2012!

    With most farmers net income for 2o11 being most likely higher than 2010, you may want to consider paying a tax estimate payment on January 17, 2012 to give you until April 15, 2012 to file your return. Most farmers try to get their tax return filed by March 1 of each year.  If a […]

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