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How Will The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Me and My Cattle Operation?

This cannot explain everything in the 500-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but the following are some of the highlights of the Act.
Estate Tax Changes
For estates of decedents dying and gifts made after December 31, 2017, and before January 1,…

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Interpreting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

AUBURN, Ala.—The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit many individuals and businesses. While most of the business changes are permanent, many individual provisions will end Dec. 31, 2025.

Dr. Robert Tufts, a visiting professor with t…

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Alabama Shellfish Aquaculture Situation & Outlook Report 2018

Alabama’s shellfish aquaculture industry produces oysters (Crassostrea virginica) through off-bottom farming using an adjustable long-line system and floating cages. The first farm started in 2012, and although jobs have been crea…

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Landowner Succession Planning Issues

Transferring the family farm to the next generation requires planning. This content discusses three issues that affect the future of the family farm: estate (death) taxes, joint management, and built-in capital gains tax. Each of these issu…

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Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Team Impacts 2018

The mission of the Alabama Extension Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources team is to provide the latest science-based information available to make decisions regarding the management of natural resources.

Forests cover…

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Business or Hobby? Active or Passive?

One advantage of a business is the ability to offset losses against income from other enterprises or wages. Whether the losses are currently deductible is determined by the classification of the business. The Internal Revenue Service consid…

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New Tax Deduction For Cattle Producers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Cattle producers have a new income tax deduction thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The section 199A Qualified Business Income Deduction, also known as the pass-through deduction, generally allows producers to de…

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College Savings: A Parent’s Guide to 529 Plans

Why should I save for my child’s college education? Many parents are wondering how to help their children offset the cost of college or trade school. By saving for your child’s education, you start to achieve the goal of reducin…

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Cattlemen Get a New Income Tax Deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new income tax deduction for producers, Section 199A Qualified Business Income (QBI) Deduction, sometimes referred to as the “pass-through deduction.” The deduction is generally 20 percent of qualifie…

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Commercial Horticulture: Making a Difference in the Food System

The Commercial Horticulture Program provides multidimensional research-based information, support services, and training to a growing horticulture industry across Alabama. This includes the nursery and landscape industry and specialty…

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Writing Off the Cost of Machinery and Equipment

The Internal Revenue Service generally requires that purchasers of machinery and equipment recover or write-off the cost of purchase over the expected life of the item. Several years ago,  Congress introduced additional first-year expensin…

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Landowners and Forest Inventories: Frequently Asked Questions

Assume you just purchased a new car and have decided to sell your old vehicle yourself. What is the first thing you would do? You would determine the value of the vehicle and a reasonable sales price, right?

Most people wouldn’t dre…

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Managing Stress: Guide for Understanding Stressful Situations

The term stressful situations refers to events that families find problematic. These events may occur often, such as getting the kids off to school, dealing with work issues, arguing with friends or family, or experiencing social me…

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Pruning Ornamental Plants

With detailed illustrations of how to prune, with specific guidelines for a range of Alabama plants, from azaleas and boxwoods to hydrangeas, junipers, and climbing roses, you can control a plant’s size and shape, encourage flower or frui…

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