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Importance of Tax Planning and Accounting for Farmers

Farming is a unique type of business that causes financial planning to take on dimensions not often seen in other industries. This is reflected in the Income Tax Act, which has numerous provisions for things like farm income, tax deductions, various subsidies, and more.

It can feel at times overwhelming and hard to keep up-to-date. Fortunately, there are people with the knowledge and expertise who can help.

Engaging an accounting or tax planning firm that specializes in farm taxes can give you the ability to grasp the nuances of the tax laws and get the most tax deductions and minimal liabilities possible.

Navigate an Ever-Changing Landscape

Small businesses and farms are subject to various types of subsidies and tax quirks that the provincial and federal governments use to help spur growth or respond to situations like droughts or cold snaps.

Tax legislation relevant to farming and small business are regularly tinkered with as government tries to respond to industry shifts, projections and predictions, or other concerns that may or may not be more hype than substance.

Knowledge is power when dealing with subsidies, and managed accounting can give you the power needed to keep track of the benefits you qualify for as well as how to take advantage of them.

Reconcile Reality with Government

Government works best when things can be precise and measured. As any farmer knows, nature doesn’t always care for timetables. This can lead to situations where seemingly trivial differences in how an animal or piece of equipment is used can affect how it gets classified for tax purposes.

Tax planners can help you interact with this sort of bureaucratic matter and ensure you don’t inadvertently run afoul of the Canada Revenue Agency or miss out on a tax deduction you should’ve been able to claim.

Accounting for It All

Among the various types of income that need to get reported are profits from property or livestock sale, breeding fees, renting fees, incidental income, all taxable subsidy and conservation payments, and gross income from other sources.

Expenses can include things like feed, pest management products, fertilizer, and more.

Even if you don’t have an upcoming tax filing to make, this all results in a great deal of numbers to keep track of. Accounting services can help you stay on top of your income and expenses so you can have a full and accurate view of your financial situation.

Get Tailored Accounting and Tax Consulting from FBC

FBC provides tax accounting and bookkeeping services to over 20,000 farms and small businesses from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. We offer complete financial planning to address the specific needs of farm and small business owners at any stage of their business.

Between our tax planning, tax preparation, business consulting, audit protection, and more, our financial and tax services and expertise will help you grow your business for years to come.

For more information on how we can help farms and small businesses with their taxes, contact us today.