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  • Paul Neiffer
  • Principal
  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Yakima, Washington
  • 509-823-2920

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).


Articles by Paul Neiffer:

  • Why Strategic Plan Succeed

    In my previous post, I listed six reasons why strategic plans fail.   Strategic plans will succeed if they incorporate three main phases: The first phase is “intuitive thinking ” and it has more of an emotional attachment to it.  This first phase answers the bigger questions such as, “Why are we in business?  Who are our […]

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  • Why Strategic Plans Fail

    I found a great article written by Ron Price, CEO of Price Associates, in AgProfessionals.com regarding why strategic plans fail.  At one time, I was in a manufacturing company that periodically performed a strategic plan that had many of the problems brought out in this article. In short, there are six primary reasons why strategic […]

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  • Thoughts on Estate Planning for Farmers

    I think over the next several months major changes will be made to the estate tax laws.  Right now, each individual can have a tax-free estate of $3.5 million.  Next year it is unlimited, however in 2011, it reverts back to $1.0 million.  I think Congress will make changes this year to make the current […]

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  • The Budget is Your Road Map

    Most farmers prepare a budget at the end of the year to present to their bankers and then promptly put it away and forget about it until the following fall.  I like to envision a budget is similar to a road map.  A map has many ways to get from point A to point B.  […]

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  • Estate Tax Law Changes are Coming

    I have been reading several articles lately on the possible estate tax law changes that will be coming.  The Bush changes from about 8 years ago will be changed and soon. Most agree that the estate exemption will most likely be around $3.5 to $5 million and indexed for inflation.  Also, the gift tax exemption […]

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  • Life Insurance Company Stock Sales May Be Tax Free

    The US Court of Federal Claims issued a decision in 2008 indicating proceeds from selling life insurance stock companies that had de-mutualized were in fact tax free.  There have been serveral large life insurance companies such as Metropolitan, Principal, Prudential, etc. that have de-mutualized over the last several years. The IRS had argued that when these […]

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  • Get a Do Over

    Kiplinger magazine has an article on a great way to borrow money from the government on an interest-free basis and, then pay it back and start getting extra benefits.  This method applies to all people who apply for social security.  It allows them to start their benefits at age 62, collect and invest the money until age 70.  […]

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  • Uncle Sam Helps with Home Purchase

    For those who have not owned a personal residence in the last three years, Uncle Sam is wanting to help you buy a new home.  If you purchase a home this year and your income is below certain levels, then Uncle Sam will refund you $8,000 when you file your income tax return. You can […]

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  • Great way to test for moisture

    On a recent episode of Agday, there was a small feature on a product from Reichhardt called a minibatt.  This is a very small hand-held portable combine that allows the farmer to harvest a small amount of grain and get a very quick reading on moisture levels of the crop.   I know growing on our farm, […]

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  • Bonus depreciation extended to 2009

    The recent Stimulus Tax Package includes an extension of bonus depreication from 2008 into all of 2009.  This means that for all new equipment (including single purpose ag buildings) qualifies for 50% of the cost being deducted in 2009 with remainder being depreciated over the normal tax life of the equipment. For example, if a […]

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