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When It Pays to Increase Your Earnings

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March 10th, 2013

We get this question from farmers approaching retirement age a lot: “I have had very low income for most of my career and should I try to maximize my income as I approach retirement to increase my social security benefits” Chris Hesse, who is one of my partners at CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP had provided me with […]

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Question on What is a Hedge?

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June 22nd, 2011

We had a reader ask the following question: “On taxing options, you state that hedges apply to crops that you raise or feed. However, you say if you raise wheat but have no livestock an option would not be a hedge. I am confused. “ The tax definition of hedging is when a farmer has […]

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Harvest Time is Done

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April 15th, 2010

Just like a farmer coming to the last row of the last field of the fall harvest, today is my last day of what I call harvest time for CPA.  We have put in long hours since the first of the year (my last day off was on January 10), but this is my favorite […]

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End of Year Reflections

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January 4th, 2010

 The idea for this blog was a glimmer in my mind at the end of 2008.  While surfing on the web, I found the Golden Practices web-site that listed different industry specific blogs.  This spurred me to action and with their help, we had a fully up and running blog site in the first quarter […]

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Ask Paul

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August 11th, 2009

I would like to get some interaction going with my audience.  I would appreciate any questions that you might have about farm taxation, operations or any other questions that you might have. Please feel free to send me a quick or detailed e-mail to paul@hansenneiffer.com.  I will promise to try to get an answer to […]

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