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Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at agweb.com. Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation. Leave a comment for Paul. If you would like to leave a comment for Paul, follow the link above, however, please make sure to include your email address so that he can reply to your comment (your email address will not automatically show up).


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    June 24th, 2016


    FICA Wage Base Likely to be $126,000 in 2017

    The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Chief Actuary has projected, based on two out of three of its methods of forecasting, that the 2017 FICA wage base will increase from $118,500 in 2016 to $126,000 in 2017.  The current wage base subjects employee’s to maximum FICA tax of $7,328.40.  If the new base goes […]

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    June 23rd, 2016


    Help – I Forgot to Take Depreciation

    Many times we will be reviewing a farmer’s tax records and notice that the farmer forgot to take depreciation on an asset they placed in service several years ago.  If they sell the asset, the Tax Code may force them to pretend that they took depreciation on the asset and report gain even though they […]

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    June 22nd, 2016


    Have you Locked in Positive Working Capital Changes

    FarmDoc Daily issued a report on how recent crop price increases have improved working capital for the 2016 crop.  The report went through the working capital changes for Central Illinois Lower Productivity Farmland assuming a 50/50 corn/soybean crop mix.  The working capital changes were shown for owned, cash rent and crop share farmers on a […]

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    June 22nd, 2016


    Will You Be Able To Deduct Interest?

    The House Republicans will release a blueprint on June 24 regarding their plans for a tax code overhaul.   This plan includes the following major changes to the tax code: Reduce the corporate tax rate to 20% (from the current 35% rate). Allow 100% business expensing of capital purchases. Eliminate the interest deduction. This blueprint will […]

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    June 21st, 2016


    Alaska – A Chance for Education and Vacation

    Roger McEowen and myself did a two-day seminar last week in Western North Carolina and this was my first trip to this part of the country.  My wife and I then drove over to Nashville and went through the Smokey Mountains.  This is a very beautiful part of the country.  When we were headed into […]

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    June 20th, 2016


    Long-Term AFR’s Hit All-Time Lows

    The IRS issues the Applicable Federal Rates (AFR) each month.  These rates are broken down into short-term (less than three years), mid-term (between 3 and 9 years) and long-term (more than 9 years).  The IRS just issued the rates for July, 2016 and the long-term rate hit an all-time low of 2.18%.  The old low […]

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    June 16th, 2016


    Can My IRA Own Farmland?

    We continue to get this question fairly often.  A farmer has some excess cash in their IRA or retirement account and would like to purchase farmland since they feel this is a better investment than what they can get from the bank.  Yes, they can do this, BUT, there are many potential drawbacks.  First, they […]

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    June 15th, 2016


    National Collaborative Farming Conference

    Today, I spoke at the National Collaborative Farming Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee.   My talk was on entity planning for collaborative farming, however, my post today is how some of these farming operations have been structured. Our first speaker was a farmer from Australia who originally farmed about 5,000 acres and found that he did not […]

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    June 12th, 2016


    New Overtime Rules Update

    Last week, we did a post on the new overtime rules.  Some of the wording may have been a little vague, so we are updating via this post.  First, an agricultural worker is not required to be paid “overtime”; however, the worker is required to be paid for any hours worked by the employee.  If […]

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    June 10th, 2016


    Will Your Farm Losses be Limited?

    A few years back, Congress passed a new law limiting farm losses if the farmer received an “applicable subsidy” or got a Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loan.  If the rules applied, the farmer could only deduct the greater of: $300,000, or Total net farm profits over the last 5 years These rules applied to all […]

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