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Tax Glitch Sill Not Fixed

One of the late changes to the recently passed U.S. tax reform bill created some significant, unintended consequences that gave farmers a huge tax break and cooperatives an incredible advantage over privately-owned grain companies. As it stands today, the situation allows farmers to deduct 20 percent of their total gross sales to a COOPERATIVE from their adjusted gross income for tax purposes. This means if a farmer has $100,000 in sales to the local cooperative, $20,000 can be deducted from his adjusted income. Continuing this example, if the adjusted gross income was $50,000, that would drop to $30,000 because of the sales to a cooperative. For a large farmer with $1,000,000 of sales to a cooperative, his adjusted gross income would be re...

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