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Profitability

Returning Customer Value through Patronage Dividends

Andrew Grant

For the past 28 years, Farm Credit East has returned a share of its earnings to customers in the form of patronage dividends – a benefit of cooperative ownership. In fact, since the patronage program was first adopted, customer-owners of Farm Credit East (and predecessor cooperatives) have received more than $1.4 billion in dividends from ownership of their cooperative. But what exactly is a patronage dividend? 

February 27, 2024

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Latest Tax Talk

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Tax Talks
What you Need to Know about Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting for your Business

Starting January 1, 2024, most United States (U.S.) entities must report information about the beneficial owners of their businesses to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. financial system by making it harder for illicit actors to use shell companies to launder their money or hide assets. This blog article explores the key elements of the BOI reporting rule and what actions your business needs to take. 

January 18, 2024

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Tax Talks
Defining Pass Through Entity Tax

In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs act was passed, putting a $10,000 limit on the amount of state and local tax that can be deducted on an individual's tax returns. For high income taxpayers that also pay a significant amount of property taxes, they quickly get to this $10,000 cap. For taxpayers who own pass thru entities such as partnerships and S-Corps, there is a potential way around this cap. This work around is called the Pass-Through Entity Tax.

September 29, 2023

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Crop Insurance Tax Treatment Options for a Challenging Year

2023 has been a challenging year for farmers, and many may see payments from their crop insurance policies or federal crop disaster payments. This Tax Talks blog reminds producers that crop insurance proceeds and crop disaster payments must be reported as income.

August 29, 2023

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Vermont Flood Victims Qualify for Federal and State Tax Relief

The recent Northeast flood events have been devastating for Farm Credit East customers and others in the affected areas, particularly those in Vermont. The IRS has released tax relief information for individuals, households and businesses. Following is federal tax relief guidance applicable to anyone located in a FEMA-declared disaster county along with state tax relief specific to those located in Vermont’s 14 hard-hit counties.

July 26, 2023

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Tax Legislation Update

The House Ways and Means Committee recently announced The American Families and Jobs Act, which includes three bills (H.R. 3936, H.R. 3937, and H.R. 3938) that could impact farmers.

July 06, 2023

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