Farmers Call on Congress for Much-Needed Tax Reforms

Podcast / Newsline July 13, 2017

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Scott VanderWal, a South Dakota farmer, testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy on the importance of tax reforms for farms businesses. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: Scott VanderWal, a South Dakota farmer, presented the unique challenges farm and ranch businesses face to lawmakers Thursday. VanderWal, who is also vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, says tax reform is important for agriculture because taxes impact every decision on the farm.

VanderWal: Just about every business decision we make is tempered or affected by the tax consequences, and those things don’t always fit together positively.

Clements: In his testimony to the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, VanderWal told lawmakers that reducing the tax burden on farmers and ranchers would help improve their businesses.

VanderWal: Every dollar we spend on taxes is a dollar that we could otherwise use in improving our businesses, whether it’s upgrading machinery or livestock, or hiring more employees, which I know is important to everybody in the country and everybody in Congress.

Clements: He says farmers and ranchers need to tell their lawmakers how the tax code affects their businesses.

VanderWal: I’m doing what I can as an individual, testifying before Congress and letting them know what my personal story is, and how taxation affects individual farmers and ranchers. So, we would encourage everybody to let their policymakers know what their personal story is. That’s a very important thing that people in Congress listen to, and to hear the individual stories on how taxation affects them is very, very important.

Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.

Shiloh Perry
Communications Assistant, AFBF

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