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    July 6th, 2016


    Working Capital Trends Still Positive But Turning Negative

    FarmDoc Daily from the University of Illinois just posted an article on Kansas farmer’s working capital trends.  One ratio that we financial advisors look at for farmers is the amount of working capital divided by annual farm production.  Working capital is composed of your current assets (cash, receivables, inventories and prepaid expenses) less your current […]

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    June 30th, 2016


    Key Aspects of House Tax Reform Proposal for Farmers

    The House Republicans issued a proposal last week detailing their plans for tax reform (likely to occur in 2017).  The Tax Foundation has issued several articles on how this reform may affect business and individuals and I am going to recap what I see as the key aspects of their proposals.  Farmers must be aware […]

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    June 28th, 2016


    What? When? Who?

    I am speaking at an event in Nevada, Iowa today on succession planning along with Jolene Brown.  Jolene and her husband farm in SE Iowa but she also does seminars on succession planning for farmers and small businesses all over the country.  One of her first slides had the audience ask the following questions: What? – […]

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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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