Oregon Farm Bureau: Tax Reform Will Help Ag

Says it will cut taxes for most farm families

Published online: Dec 28, 2017 Articles
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Source: KTVZ News

The Oregon Farm Bureau says the tax reform package passed by Congress and signed Dec. 22 by President Donald Trump includes many provisions that will help Oregon’s farm and ranch families.

“This bill lowers taxes for the vast majority of our agricultural families,” says Oregon Farm Bureau president Barry Bushue.

Bushue points out that the bill simplifies rate structures and eliminates the death tax for estates under $11 million while maintaining annual indexing for inflation, which covers nearly all family ag operations.

He says the bill preserves important tools, such as cash accounting, stepped-up basis, deductions for business interest and carry-forward of net operating losses.

The bill also continues and improves Section 179 bonus depreciation, also known as immediate expensing, through 2022.

In some recent years, Section 179 was not re-authorized until literally days before the end of a calendar year, meaning farm and ranch families did not have time to make investments that benefited from the policy. Farmers and ranchers will now be able to write off costs of qualifying purchases up to $1 million for small businesses (up from $500,000). The bill also allows use of Section 179 for qualifying used equipment, not just new.

“We thank Congressman Greg Walden for his work on this bill, and his success in restoring key provisions like state tax deductibility,” says Bushue. “This was a huge lift, and we know family agriculture will see the benefits for many years to come. Beyond the ag-specific benefits of this bill, we are happy to see the good economic policy it implements. The bill brings corporate tax rates closer to those of our competitor nations, and should encourage greater capital investment in the United States.”

The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families professionally engaged in agriculture.