Farm Taxes

  • Net Operating Loss – Do You Go Back or Go Forward

    Many dairy and other farmers will need to make a decision this year that they may not have had to make for several years.  I would say almost all dairy farmers for 2009 will have a tax operating loss and it may be substantial.  With a net operating loss, the tax laws allow you in […]

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  • Send in a Paper Tax Return to Get Homebuyer Credit

    As a tax preparer, I  normally file all of my client tax returns electronically.  However, for this tax season, for all of my clients that are claiming the homeowner credit, we will need to send in a paper return to the IRS.  Many farmers may qualify, either for the first time credit of $8,000 or […]

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  • January 15 vs. March 1

    Most of the farmers that I deal with from an income tax filing standpoint try to file and pay their income taxes by March 1 of each year.  This is primarily due to no estimated taxes needing to be paid during the tax year if the farmer files and pays by March 1.  If they […]

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  • Estate Tax Whiplash!

    Thanks to Senate gridlock, taxpayers who are trying to do effective estate tax planning are in for a case of estate tax whiplash over the next few months.  The federal estate tax is due to disappear for one year starting in about two weeks, however, it may reappear unexpectedly and retroactively. When the Senate refused […]

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  • Don’t Forget the Domestic Production Deduction

    One of the deductions available to farmers that I see missed on tax returns (and I must admit I have missed it until I review the return) is the deduction for Domestic Production Activities.  This can be one of the most complicated tax deductions of all times for larger businesses, but for farmers who follow […]

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  • House Extends Current Estate Tax Rules to 2010 and Beyond

    The House on December 3, 2009 passed the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers and Small Businesses Bill of 2009.  The Act would permanently extend the current exemption of estates of up to $3.5 million for a single taxpayer and $7.0 million for married couples.  For estates larger than there amounts, they would be […]

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  • 2009 Year End Tax Planning

    With the end of 2009 less than three weeks away (where does the time fly), I thought I would post a year-end tax planning update for farmers.  Most of this information applies to non-farmers also, but wanted to give you something to plan for.  Again, make sure to review this with your tax advisor before […]

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  • IRS Cuts Mileage Deduction Rate for 2010

    The IRS just announced the mileage rates to be used for 2010 and most of them are lower than 2009 (even though gas is higher now than last year at the same time) For regular mileage, the reimbursement rate will be 50 cents per mile which is about 9% lower than last year’s rate of […]

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  • Happy Thanksgiving and Update on Kid’s Wages Post

    Some of my fondest memories as a child was going to my grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving.  My mother was the oldest of 12 kids and many times we would have 30 to 40 people at the house.  The best thing was my grandmother’s pumpkin and apple pie.  I know if she was still alive and […]

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  • Paying 4 Kids Equals $8,300 of Tax Savings

    While growing  up on the farm with my brother and sister, we worked in spring and fall planting plus doing the summer harvest.  Most of the time, my parents never did pay a wage to either my brother or I, however, they did purchase a car for us and put us through college.  This means that […]

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