Published online: Oct 12, 2011 Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes, Potato Equipment
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Web Exclusive, a website that helps growers maintain and extend the operating lives of their tractors, will host a free 60-minute webinar to address new depreciation rules and how they will affect growers' operations.

Roger McEowen, professor of agriculture law and taxation at Iowa State University, and Robert Gunther, CPA and tax specialist with Frost PLLC in Little Rock, Ark., will discuss the new tax regulations passed by Congress last December. During the webinar they will share insights and practical examples about:

How to take advantage of 2011 machinery purchase tax incentives expiring on Dec. 31, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012;
How growers can handle depreciation and tax ramifications of new and used farm equipment purchased in 2011 and 2012;
How growers can use tax law changes to benefit their farming operations; and
How the depreciation rules work and what might be in store for growers in 2013.

Understanding these new tax regulations and depreciation rules can deliver significant financial benefits to growers. For example, there is a 100 percent bonus depreciation for new farm machinery purchased this year, but only a 50 percent bonus depreciation in 2012. The 100 percent bonus depreciation can be applied to more than just farm machinery. In lieu of machinery, it can be applied to new farm property having a recovery period of 20 years or less.

The webinar will also address Section 179 deductions, taxable losses and the tax ramifications of bonus depreciation allowances in different states around the country. Not all states accept the bonus depreciation in its entirety. McEowen and Gunther both recommend that growers discuss the new depreciation regulations with their tax consultants before buying new machinery or farm property.

Growers can get the latest information about 2011 and 2012 depreciation rules and tax regulations by registering now for the Nov. 15 webinar hosted by

About, enabled by The Lubrizol Corporation, is a website exclusively dedicated to helping growers manage the lives of their tractors. Considering maintenance from a proactive, rather than reactive, perspective, provides growers ideas and tools for getting the most years of trouble-free tractor life and, ultimately, for maximizing the productivity of their farms.

SOURCE: PR Newswire