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Tax implications of selling beef herd
Beef producers throughout most of Nebraska are facing crucial management decisions in 2013 as a result of the drought. Updates on drought conditions, information, decision-making tools and other resources are available at several UNL Extension web sites, including:
Posted June 13, 2013
By Tom Holman
UNL Extension Educator
Here are some reminders of what producers must do to avoid recapturing tax obligations, as well as some thoughts on herd management during a drought:
- There may be an opportunity to use drought sales in 2013 if drought persists. There must be a drought designation by USDA Farm Service Administration, or a producer must prove drought exists based on forage supply in 2013 versus historical production.
- Selling down of calves, yearlings or breeding stock may qualify for tax deferment, depending on IRS regulations.
- When the drought breaks, it is not the time to immediately restock unless pastures are available that have not been grazed for two years.
- The IRS allows producers four years to replace cows and bulls, or else amend their 2012 return and pay a higher capital gains tax. Raised replacements to not qualify for tax purposes. Therefore, let pastures rest for one to two years. In the meantime, watch cow and bull sales closely.
- When pastures return, communicate with other buyers exactly what is desired for replacements (age, breed, weight, condition score, bred or open, and maximum price).
- This may be an excellent opportunity to bring partners into the operation, either inside or outside the family, with less capital investment by selling home-raised replacements to them. Anyone who does so should consult their accountant for tax implications that can be taken advantage of.
- Consider putting cows and bulls in a dry lot on a limit-fed basis, either at home or with a feed yard.
- This may be an opportunity to make changes in an operation by buying or retaining calves and selling stockers or finish-feeding your own cattle. These options provide more year-to-year flexibility for pastures.
Two articles are available on the UNL Beef web site, beef.unl.edu: