Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock
Texas among 43 states affected
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Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock

Texas among 43 states affected



DALLAS - Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

Farmers and ranchers who, due to drought, sell more livestock than they normally would may defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify, the livestock generally must be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is authorized to extend this period if the drought continues.

The one-year extension of the replacement period announced today generally applies to capital gains realized by eligible farmers and ranchers on sales of livestock held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes due to drought. Sales of other livestock, such as those raised for slaughter or held for sporting purposes, and poultry are not eligible.

"The IRS is providing this relief to any farm located in a county, parish, city or district, listed as suffering exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions by the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), during any weekly period between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012," said Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman in Dallas. "All or part of 43 states are listed, including Texas. Any county contiguous to a county listed by the NDMC also qualifies for this relief."

As a result, farmers and ranchers in these areas whose drought sale replacement period was scheduled to expire at the end of this tax year, Dec. 31, 2012, in most cases, will now have until the end of their next tax year. Because the normal drought sale replacement period is four years, this extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2008. But because of previous drought-related extensions affecting some of these localities, the replacement periods for some drought sales before 2008 are also affected. Additional extensions will be granted if severe drought conditions persist.

Sanford said details on this relief, including a list of NDMC-designated counties, are available in Notice 2012-62, posted on IRS.gov. Details on reporting drought sales and other farm-related tax issues can be found in Publication 225, Farmer’s Tax Guide, also available on the IRS web site.


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Just wondering
September 27, 2012
A four hundred lb calf.. cost u 800 dollars now.. so why do they need a tax extension? Really...

They are getting as bad as the oil companies, the federal government, the county are here.. about gouging folks.. but they need a tax break..

They are fixing the numbers, just like oil companies fix the price of gas,

the county raises taxes with out a people vote..

Car companies can make cars that get 60 to 100 miles to the gallon with out it being a volt.. which is a joke for the rual person..

again it is all about cheating the new poor in this country.. yes now even the beef industy is doing the same!