November, 2012

Don’t Forget Your Form 1099 Responsibilities!

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November 29th, 2012

One thing that surprised us a little bit last year when preparing our farmers’ tax returns was new questions that the IRS was asking regarding Form 1099s on all tax returns.  These two questions were asked on Form 1065, 1120, 1120S and schedule C and F.  The two questions asked on the forms were: “Did you […]

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The Coming Fiscal “Section 179″ Cliff

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November 28th, 2012

We had a reader ask the following question: “179 depreciation is scheduled for $25,000 in 2013 do you think this will be changed? If not how would it work on a pivot worth $71,000. ? $25,000 first year and remainder $46m over 6 years ?” I am sure that the major equipment manufacturers such as […]

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Headed to Chicago for EWA

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November 27th, 2012

I head out for the second annual Executive Women in Agriculture conference sponsored by Top Producer magazine.  I spoke at the conference last year and women tend to ask more and many times better questions than men.  I look forward to speaking at this year’s event and I already have spoken to some of the […]

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2012 May Be Last Year for Section 179 Flexibility

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November 26th, 2012

Most farmers know the benefits of the Section 179 deduction.  The deduction has been as high as $500,000, is $139,000 for 2012 and is scheduled to drop back to $25,000 in 2013. What many farmers do not know about is the ability to go back and amend their tax return to change their Section 179 […]

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IRS Bumps 2013 Standard Mileage Rates by a Penny per Mile

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November 25th, 2012

The IRS announced last week (IR-2012-95) a  penny per mile increase in the standard mileage rate for business and medical or moving purposes. For business purposes, the rate increases from 55.5 cents per mile to 56.5 cents per mile (don’t ask me why they do not round it to the nearest penny). For medical or moving […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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November 20th, 2012

I am traveling tomorrow from Ames, Iowa to home (Yakima, Washington).  I most likely will not get home until about 10 pm (assuming no delays in flights and my drive home).  Some of my fondest childhood memories were of Thanksgiving.  My mother was the oldest of 12 children (cheap farm labor) and for several years […]

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Talk Brewing of Extending the Payroll Tax Cut

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November 20th, 2012

The Employee FICA tax rate for 2011 and 2012 had been cut from the normal 6.2% to 4.2%.  This provision was set to expire at the end of this year and then revert back to the normal rate beginning January 1, 2013. Allowing this cut to expire in 2013 seemed like a reasonable position several […]

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Don’t Forget The Small Employer Health Care Credit

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November 18th, 2012

We tend to talk more about the tax costs of Obama Care and forget about some of the tax savings that are available.  One of those savings is for employers that cover part or all of their health insurance premium costs.  This credit is allowed in full assuming less than 11 employees and average wages […]

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Farm Lending Rose at Fastest Pace in Five Years

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November 15th, 2012

Due to the summer drought spurring much higher feed costs, farm lending activity at commercial banks recorded their fastest pace in five years.  According to the Federal Reserve of Kansas City in their National Trends in Farm Lending October, 2012 report, demand for short-term operating loans increased as input costs soared and herd liquidation boosted […]

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No AMT Extender May Prevent Farmers From Filing on March 1

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November 14th, 2012

Steven Miller, Acting Commissioner of the IRS wrote a letter dated November 13, 2012 to select members of Congress informing them on the possible delays in processing 2012 income tax returns if the AMT patch is not enacted. Under current law, it is estimated that 28 million additional taxpayers will pay some Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) for […]

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