IRS OFFERS RELIEF TO DROUGHT-STRICKEN RANCHERS AND FARMERS
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Washington, D.C. -- Farmers and ranchers who have been forced to sell livestock as a result of the drought that is currently affecting much of the nation now have an extended period of time to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service said in late September.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 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 that is listed as suffering exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions by the National Drought Mitigation Center, during any weekly period between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012. All or part of 43 states are listed. 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, will,in most cases, 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.
Details on this relief, including a list of the designated counties, are available in Notice 2012-62. Details on reporting drought sales and other farm-related tax issues can be found in Publication 225, Farmer's Tax Guide, which is available on the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov.