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Buy high, sell low…. Really?

Buy low, sell high. That is always the ideal scenario. Traditionally that is what your investment advisors and accountants tell you. But, if you’re dealing with grain, things operate a little differently. In fact, in the case of grain elevators, ethanol plants, feed grinders, and more it’s not all about the purchase price. Rather, it’s about managing basis.

Many agribusiness professionals are familiar with basis. It’s what we refer to as the difference between the quoted market price on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (Chicago) and the local market price. In taking a closer look at grain, it’s rare that you will sell grain at your local elevator for the same price quoted in Chicago. Often you will be paid less, but, possibly more. It all depends on local supply and demand. The whole process can cause some head scratching — how is it that you can buy high, sell low, and still make money?… Continue reading

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The ACA investment tax: How will it affect you?

A new tax as a part of the Affordable Care Act may mean you will owe more in taxes, and with tax season in full swing, now is the time to figure out just how much more you could be made to pay.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act has presented us the Net Investment Income Tax, referred to by many as NIIT or the super Medicare tax. This tax exposes the net investment income of individuals, estates and trusts to a 3.8% tax when their modified adjusted gross income exceeds certain threshold levels.

These levels are: $250,000 for married individuals filing a joint return, $125,000 per each for married individuals filing separate returns and $200,000 for unmarried individuals and other cases. Trusts and estates have a much lower threshold for when this tax applies. This new tax is creeping up on many and there could be unpleasant consequences for those that don’t comply.… Continue reading

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Farm and finance for 2015

It’s no secret that there are many fiscal concerns of an agricultural professional. With 2015 in full-swing, there are certain areas that deserve attention from you and your trusted financial professional. All of this information might seem a bit daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Working with an experienced CPA is really a breath of fresh air. They can guide you through all the challenges and financial victories that these topics can bring. Here are a few important topics to consider to help ensure a successful year.

Tangible Property Regulations

Tangible Property Regulations (TPRs) should be at the top the list of regulations to review. Treasury personnel have indicated that the IRS expects all taxpayers with tangible real and/or personal property to file one or more Form(s) 3115 in their 2014 tax year to properly comply with new rules. This applies even if there is no adjustment necessary to properly reflect the change in method in your taxable income.… Continue reading

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