Proposed legislation in Congress would tax capital gains at death and eliminate stepped-up basis as a way to raise revenue for government spending. This would be devastating to American agriculture.
- Many farmers and ranchers hold assets such as land for decades, passed on from generation to generation.
- Stepped-up basis is a process that allows a farmer to pay capital gains taxes only on a property’s increase in value since the time that land was inherited, instead of paying the full increase in value since it was purchased by a deceased relative.
- In addition, the tax on the new stepped-up value is deferred until property is sold by the surviving family member.
Now is not the time to impose a massive new tax that could put families out of business.
Funding the government should not come from targeting hardworking families who have spent a lifetime building businesses and creating jobs. Farmers have endured weather disasters, trade wars and COVID-19 – immense burdens that would destroy less resilient industries. Still, we are #StillFarming.
Farms are often kept in the family for many years. Tracking the appreciation of land and equipment over a period of decades would be extremely complex, and the value of land is likely to have increased so much that without stepped-up basis the next generation of farmers and ranchers could be forced to sell the land just to pay the taxes.
Your messages are important to not let this happen.
Write your members of Congress today. Ask for their continuation of stepped-up basis which supports America’s farmers and ranchers, like you!
Consider adding a personal story about how your family and farm would be personally impacted by the repeal of stepped up basis.