Washington -- Landowners, producers and tobacco quota owners who receive money from the National Tobacco Settlement Trust must report those payments as income each year, the Internal Revenue Service says.
These payments are considered gross income for federal tax purposes and are taxable as ordinary income. Tobacco companies are required to make the payments as part of the National Tobacco Grower Settlement. Farmers in 14 states will receive the payments over a 12-year period that began in 1999. The 14 states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
"These payments are taxable as part of gross income and some of those who receive them may not be aware of that," IRS commissioner Charles O. Rossotti said. "Since these payments can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, the possible penalties and interest charges for not reporting the income could be substantial. We want to help those who receive these payments avoid making an error on their tax returns."
Taxpayers should have received a Form 1099-MISC in January that shows the payment amount to report on their 2001 return. The payment is reported as income on different tax forms, however, depending on specific taxpayer situations. For example, a taxpayer who raises and sells a tobacco crop would report the payment as gross income on Schedule F, "Profit or Loss From Farming," and would be subject to applicable self-employment tax. Landowners or tobacco quota owners, who historically have leased their tobacco-related property and did not help to produce the crop, would report the settlement payments as farm rental income on Form 4835, Farm Rental Income and Expenses.
-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff
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