Disaster Related Tax Information

Rural Tax Education

Many farmers are or have experienced severe drought conditions and/or flooding, and are in areas that have been declared a disaster area by the Secretary of Agriculture. Producers may be making decisions about selling their livestock because of these conditions.  There are special tax provisions for sales of livestock more than normal because of weather conditions. Personal and business losses may be deductible due to disasters (i.e. fire, flood, hurricane, tornado). 

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Disaster Losses and Related Tax Rules

The dollar value of property losses due to fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, lightning, freezes, etc. can be substantial. Federal income tax regulations often provide relief by allowing deductions for losses of business-use property.

Weather-Related Sales of Livestock

There are two provisions in tax law that attempt to cushion producers from the consequences of adverse weather-related livestock sales.

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