January, 2013

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    January 30th, 2013


    The Board is Not What it Used to Be!

    Today was the first day of the Top Producer Conference.  The first session was very interesting.  Dr. Tom Deans, author of Every Family’s Business gave a talk on how many farmers really should be looking at “selling” the farm instead of “gifting” the farm. Too many times, the gift of the farm ends up creating […]

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    January 30th, 2013


    File Your Return After March 1 Not Before!

    Even though the IRS granted relief for farmers to file their tax return by April 15 of this year, there is a “gotcha” in the details. If you file your return on or before March 1, 2013, you must also payyour tax on or before March 1.  If you file on March 1 and then […]

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    January 30th, 2013


    Top Producer Conference

    Yesterday I attended the Tomorrow Top Producer conference in Chicago.  The main Top Producer gets started today and runs through Friday. Some of the observations from yesterday are: Younger producers are very worried about the availability of land to farm.  With cash rents rapidly increasing and land prices exploding, they worry about their ability to […]

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    January 25th, 2013


    AMT Causes a Few More Capital Gains Tax Rates!

    We had a reader send in the following question: “Do long term capital gains count in determining AMT? And thus potentially increasing 15(20) percent effective rate?” We wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about there being ten different long-term capital gains tax rates beginning in 2013.  Well, we can probably at least two […]

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    January 23rd, 2013


    Why Imputed Interest Matters For 2013 (And Beyond)

    Any time a farmer loans money to a corporation that they own (or vice versus), the income tax laws require these loans to bear interest.  If the loans do not bear interest, then the law requires the farmer to calculate an “imputed” interest amount based upon the applicable federal rates published by the IRS each […]

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    January 22nd, 2013


    It May Pay to Fill Out Your Ag Census Online

    Every five years the Department of Agriculture sends out a very detailed census form for farmers to prepare and send back.  We have already discussed this form with several farmers and as usual it can be very hard to follow the paper form.  We have found preparing the form online can save some time and […]

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    January 21st, 2013


    Are Taxes Progressive in the US?

    Every once in a while we read an article on either how progressive or non-progressive our tax system is in the US.  We ran across this article while browsing the Internet and the first thing that struck me is how the word progressive is denoted in these articles as being equal to percentage. In the article, […]

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    January 20th, 2013


    KC Fed Reports Drought-Reduced Income Boost Farm Loans

    The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank just released their third quarter Agricultural Credit Conditions report.  The report indicated that the drought caused lower farm income for the quarter which caused farmers to increase their farm operating loans.  Capital spending plummeted in the quarter.  This could have been caused by the drought or perhaps the lower […]

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    January 18th, 2013


    IRS Announces April 15 Farmer Deadline

    The IRS announced today in Issue Number IR-2013-7 today that due to the extended processing time for many tax forms including form 4562 (Depreciation), that the deadline for any farmer and fisherman has been extended April 15, 2013 from March 1, 2013. To take advantage of the extended due date, the farmer will file out […]

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    January 17th, 2013


    Watch Out For Those Retroactive State Tax Gotchas!

    We just read an article in the Xconomy website on a drastic retroactive law change specific to the state of California that will possibly impact many taxpayers.  Federal law has a rule under Section 1202 that allows you to deduct a certain percentage of your gain from investing in Qualified Small Businesses (QSB).  We won’t […]

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