Farm Industry Trends

2015 Social Security Wage Base Increases to $118,500

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October 24th, 2014

FICA tax of 6.2% for employer and employee applies on wages and SE earnings up to $117,000 for 2014.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) just announced that for 2015, the new wage base will be $118,500 or an increase of $1,500.   This means, that for 2015, the maximum Social Security tax that employers and employees will […]


ARC-IC Calculations Apply to All Elected Farms in the State

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October 23rd, 2014

Most producers who elect ARC will do at the County level (ARC-CO).  However, many producers with yields substantially in excess of county levels will elect ARC at the Individual Crop level (ARC-IC).  All of these elections are on a farm-by-farm basis and on a covered crop-by-covered crop basis except ARC-IC which requires all covered crops […]


If You Want Crop Insurance Subsidies, Be In Conservation Compliance

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October 22nd, 2014

For farmers to continue to receive premium subsidies for crop insurance, they must be in conservation compliance with the local FSA office.  In order to be in compliance, the producer must file form AD-1026 with the FSA.  If you already participate in any of the farm programs, you are in compliance. However, if you have never […]


APH Yield Exclusion to be Available on Certain 2015 Spring Crops

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October 21st, 2014

The RMA announced today that the APH yield exclusion will be available for most 2015 spring crops.  The APH yield exclusion allows farmers to exclude their own yields anytime the county or contiguous counties have a current yield that is less than 50% of the 10 year county yield.  For example, assume a Texas wheat farmer farms […]


Will ACA Require You To Include Health Insurance as Wages

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October 20th, 2014

Many farmers provide health insurance for their employees.  In years past; whether the employer offered a qualified group plan or simply paid for the employee’s health insurance, the payment of the premium was deductible by the farmer and non-taxable to the employee.  However, beginning January 1, 2014, an employee is only non-taxable on health insurance benefits […]


Base Reallocation Q & A

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October 19th, 2014

We have gotten numerous questions regarding the base reallocation election available to owners and we are summarizing these in a Q & A format: Q. Can I increase my base acres? A. No. You cannot increase or decrease your base acres.  Those total acres are set; however, you are allowed to reallocate those acres from […]


Join Andy Biebl, Lance Woodbury and Myself

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October 15th, 2014

DTN/Progressive Farmer puts on an Ag Summit in Chicago every year in December.  This year on Sunday December 7 from 1 pm to 5 pm, Andy Biebl, Lance Woodbury and myself will be doing a joint presentation on Farm Retirement and Transition Planning.   Some of the key topics that Andy and I will be presenting […]


Complacency about Fraud Exacts a Heavy Cost

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October 14th, 2014

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) has produced a new infographic, “The Cost of Complacency”, warning about the costs to organizations of being overly complacent about financial fraud. The data was compiled by the ACFE for its 2014 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. Here are a few highlights from the […]


Time Running Out on Late Portability Elections

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October 7th, 2014

We now have a new provision (although it has been around for a few years) that allows the unused portion of the first spouse’s estate to be “ported” over to the surviving spouse.  We call this portability.  There was a lot of confusion surrounding how to report this when the first spouse did not have […]


Taxable is Taxable -Whether a 1099 or not!

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October 6th, 2014

I got this question from one of our readers: “Are rebate checks that are received through a growers rewards program from Seed Company for the purchase of seeds taxable as income? I do believe it is but the wholesaler is saying it isn’t because you don’t get a 1099! ” I tend to get several […]


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