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Friday, January 23,2015

Tax Q & A: How to avoid an Affordable Care Act trap

by DTN
If a husband employs only his wife as a full-time employee, can she be reimbursed for their insurance plan and also have a Section 105 medical reimbursement plan for other doctor bills, prescriptions, etc.? The only other employee is part-time. Also, the three permitted exceptions are all separate alternatives, correct?.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Finances grim after producers´ failure to economize

by DTN
Don’t expect much farmer economizing in production costs in 2015, but it’s not for lack of trying. Yes, growers can nickel-and-dime their remaining grain and soybean expenses, but most cannot recover the hundreds of dollars of gross income per acre that have vanished since 2012.

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Friday, January 23,2015

EPA baseless indecision hurting renewable fuels industry

by DTN
“The drop in production represents lost jobs and economic activity. It represents a lost opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. And it represents another year in which we fail to tackle our dangerous dependence on oil in the fuels sector.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Guest Opinion

More Affordable Care Act surprises

by DTN
Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unlike any tax legislation I have ever seen. We are more than four years since enactment, yet the surprises keep unfolding. The latest administrative decree from the Department of Labor (DOL) will require some coordination between ag producers and their tax preparers.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Farm defensively

by DTN
When spring crop insurance guarantees set for most states March 1, they aren’t likely to cover cost of production, land-grant universities forecast. So the uncomfortable discussions with farm lenders this winter may focus on minimizing losses, not necessarily showing a profit in 2015.

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Friday, December 19,2014

EPA still plans final WOTUS

by DTN
Speaking of the provision to stop implementation of the interpretive rule on agricultural exemptions accompanying WOTUS proposal and other environmental policy riders in the omnibus, Mc- Carthy said, “I am not unhappy with what went through the legislature.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Taking on the IRS

by DTN
Over my 40-year tax career, I’ve had countless situations representing taxpayers in IRS exams. Most are resolved at various levels within the IRS, but I’ve had three get to litigation. Fortunately, all were taxpayer victories. Two of those, however, took two rounds.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Walk your wheat fields

by DTN
But before you pack it all in, consider scouting your wheat fields one last time this fall. A thorough walkthrough of young winter wheat stands can help you troubleshoot your planting system, plan for the spring, and maybe even earn that second helping of Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Brazil's infrastructure is the transport handicap

by DTN
Take the Brazilian boom town of Sorriso, Mato Grosso, which stood on the northernmost edge of the state’s soybean frontier 15 years ago. It is as remote from the Atlantic port terminals as North Dakota is from Pacific Northwest ports, but back then, visiting U.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Tax planning without the rules

by DTN
Here we are two months from the end of the year, ready to tackle those critical year-end tax projections, and we still don’t know the depreciation rules for 2014. Soon Congress will finally address the so-called “extenders.

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