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Paul is now part of the fourth generation in America that is involved in farming and hopes the next generation will be involved also. Through his blog he provides analysis and insight to farmer tax questions.
In our previous post, we gave an example of a farmer selling farm land that was cash rented out and it being subject to the new net investment income tax. This was designed an illustration, but we have gotten feedback that in many cases this 3.8% tax may not apply to a farmer in this situation.
This part of the law can be extremely complex to determine if the tax will or will not apply (there are multiple code sections dealing with this issue). If this situation applies to you, it is extremely important to review your situation with your tax advisor before doing this type of sale. By selling the land in the wrong year or with the wrong set of facts, you may expose yourself to additional tax and the cost could easily exceed $100,000. A $10 million gain could cost you $380,000.
Again, we enjoy getting feedback from our readers and don't worry if you think it will hurt our feelings to be told that we are wrong. I have been married for over 30 years now and I know I am wrong (just a little husband humor).
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