States conform to the federal tax code primarily to simplify tax administration. Conformity means if something is taxable at the federal level it is taxable at the state level.
The bill attempts to simplify tax preparation for taxpayers by eliminating deductions that impacted a fairly small number of filers and replacing them with a higher standard deduction. In addition, individual rates have been adjusted downward and the brackets expanded so that a larger amount of income is subject to lower rates.
Figure 1 compares the and individual tables. Given that 93 percent of U. However, the business provisions that impact farms, ranches and other pass-through businesses offer the greatest chance of improvement for agriculture.
The table at the end of the story compares the business provisions of current tax code and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Our Calculations A few weeks ago we presented estimates of the impact of the House, Senate and current tax plans based on a few select elements critical for a basic understanding of the differences between the plans.
We have updated our calculator to reflect the final bill, included below. Our examples are based on taxable income for a married couple filing jointly, calculated based on individual tax rates, standard deduction, two personal exemptions current only, personal exemptions are eliminated in H.
The final conference bill looks more like the Senate version, with a few modifications that fairly marginally impact the tax liability farmers and ranchers will face.
Pass-Through Business Provisions The conference bill provides that individuals operating pass-through businesses will be able to take a deduction for 20 percent of their business income through Dec. This is a small reduction from the Senate bill which would have allowed for a 23 percent deduction.
Those calculations are 1 50 percent of W-2 wages paid to employees or 2 the sum of 25 percent of W-2 wages paid plus 2. Farms and ranches with high labor costs, like dairies and specialty crop growers, will likely maximize their deduction using the first calculation, while farms and ranches with an extensive collection of expensive equipment and single-use agricultural buildings will maximize the deduction with the second calculation.
Even without this deduction, the effective rate these farms and ranches will pay is reduced, but we should expect to see that effective rate fall considerably once the individualized deduction is included.
Figures 2 through 4 compare the tax treatment of a married couple with the same household incomes, across different combinations of farm and off-farm incomes. These thresholds are approximately equal to the earned off-farm income of commercial, intermediate and residence farms surveyed in the ARMS survey.
Of course, there are a number of elements that we did not include, some of which may be very important in determining the amount each individual farm pays. We encourage you to compare all of the differences and refigure your last tax bill to see what it would have been under the rules of the new tax bill.
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