Wisconsin Agricultural Tax Issues Course - Wausau

The 2022 Agricultural Tax Issues Course will provide a full 8 hours of CPE. All attendees will receive a copy of the 2022 Agricultural Tax Issues Workbook.


8:30 - 9:30 am       Regulatory and Legislative Update (Kristine)

9:30 - 10:30 am     Retiring a Farm Partner (Greg)

10:30 - 10:45 am   Break

10:45 - 11:15 am   Retiring a Farm Partner (Greg)

11:15-12:00 pm     Charitable Contribution Options for Farmers (Kristine)

12:00 - 12:50 pm   Lunch (Provided)

12:50 - 1:30 pm     Allocating Value to Depreciable Assets (Greg)

1:30 - 2:30 pm      Conservation Issues (Kristine)

2:30 - 2:45 pm      Break

2:45 - 3:15 pm      Corporate Reorganizations and Lending Issues (Greg)

3:15 - 3:45 pm      New Farm Businesses (Kristine)

2:45 - 3:15 pm      Income Averaging (Greg)

3:15 - 4:30 pm      Sample Return and Q&A (Greg and Kristine)


Topics in the 200+-page 2022 Agricultural Tax Issues Workbook include:

  • Hot Topics in Agriculture:This chapter reviews hot topics in agricultural taxation, including farm income averaging, the taxation of rental property, corporate reorganizations, and retiring a farm asset. 

  • Tax Treatment of Conservation-Related Payments and Expenses: Farmers are exploring many new practices and opportunities related to improving water quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing renewable energy sources. This chapter reviews the tax rules for conservation-related expenses and payments, including soil and water quality expenses, cost share programs, CRP payments, conservations easements, carbon credits, pipeline and solar payments, and more. 

  • Retiring a Farm Partner: Retiring a partner under the provisions of I.R.C. § 736 can be a very effective way of transferring ownership of a farm business to the next generation be that family members or key employees. These provisions can be applied at any time that a partnership desires to liquidate the interest of a partner. As discussed in this chapter, this approach has several advantages over an outright sale or an installment sale. However, the rules are somewhat complex and present several pitfalls for the unwary. This chapter reviews the rules for a successful business transfer. 

  • Regulatory and Legislative Update, including CPA or Attorney Statements for AGI Compliance and other FSA Issues: Farm programs are varied and complex. They each come with their own payment limitations and adjusted gross income compliance rules. This chapter reviews Farm Service Agency rules for CPAs and attorneys to certify compliance with AGI requirements. It also provides updates on several new programs implemented in 2022

  • Tax Challenges for H-2A Workers: Employers with H-2A workers must strictly adhere to complex federal regulations, as well as strict IRS procedures for payroll and associated expenses. This chapter reviews common tax issues associated with H-2A workers.

  • Allocating Value among Newly Acquired Farm Assets: Farmers who purchase or otherwise acquire farm property must allocate the purchase price or basis among the various assets. This chapter discusses the assignment of value to farm assets such as drainage tile, fence, and residual fertility. It also reviews key 2022 rules for depreciation and expensing.

  • Considerations for Starting an Agricultural Business: This chapter explores the rules governing when an agricultural business begins for purposes of deducting business expenses.

  • The Taxation of Tree and Berry Farms: This chapter discusses special tax issues associated with Christmas trees, fruit and nut bearing trees, and berries and brambles.

  • Charitable Gifting for Farmers: Many farmers wish to contribute or donate to charitable organizations. This chapter provides an in-depth review of the rules for the charitable gifting of commodities. It also discusses several other options farmers may consider when planning their charitable giving strategies, including charitable remainder trusts and donor advised funds.

  • Sale and Exchange of Farm Property: Calculating and reporting gains and losses on the disposition of business assets can be complex. Form 4797, Sales of Business Property, not only reports gains and losses from straightforward sales, but it is also the collection point for recognized gains calculated on Form 6252, Installment Sale Income; Form 8824, Like-Kind Exchanges; and recognized gains and losses calculated in Section B—Business and Income-Producing Property of Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. This chapter is a reference for reporting tax for the sale and like-kind exchange of farm property.

  • Sample Farm Tax Return

We will cover as many topics in the 8 hour seminar as time allows. The content taught during the Agricultural Tax Issues Course will differ from the agricultural topics taught during the November 21–22 Annual Federal Income Tax Course webinar.

Continuing Education: 

The course will offer 400 minutes of instruction or 8 hours of CPE (using a 50-minute hours). Participants receive credit by being online and answering 3 out of 4 polling questions each hour.

IRS Continuing Education Program Numbers: Y7WRM-U-00344-22-I (1 hour, IRS Tax Update), Y7WRM-T-00343-22-I (7 hours, IRS Tax Topics)

Wisconsin Insurance: 8 hours, Course ID: 6000130974

Wisconsin CLE: 8 hours

8 hours CFP credit


Greg Bouchard

Farm Tax Consultant, New York

Kristine Tidgren Director, Center For Agricultural Law & Taxation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Cost: $225, includes workbook, lunch, and refreshments
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Wausau, WI
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center (Wausau)
(715) 355-6858
1100 Imperial Avenue • Rothschild, WI 54474