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Agriculture Industry Qualifying Activities

Today, agriculture and technology work hand-in-hand. In fact, if you’re in agriculture, you’re probably engaged in activities right now than could win you substantial federal and state tax benefits in the form of research and development (R&D) tax credits.

Agricultural Expenses That Qualify

  1. Employee wages:  W-2 wages for employees involved in R&D related activities
  2. Supplies: The cost of supplies consumed or used in the R&D process
  3. 1099 contractor expenses: The cost of contractors used in support of R&D-related activities

Example Qualifying Activities

What agricultural research activities qualify for the credit? 

1. Developing new or improved:

  • storage techniques
  • conveyance systems
  • products or processes to maximize yield
  • software
  • irrigation technologies
  • techniques or equipment to minimize environmental impact
  • methods of protecting crops from disease
  • irrigation systems
  • disease-resistant crops or livestock
  • ways to prevent or control disease or insect pests
  • gene transfer technologies (such as the DNA engineering of high-end bull semen)
  • automated processes
  • an innovative product or process
  • livestock feeds or feeding techniques 
  • new breeding techniques
  • new cultivation techniques

2. Testing:

  • new or improved planting or harvesting techniques
  • new or improved chemical additives or fertilizers
  • new feeds or feeding techniques to improve livestock health or growth
  • new soil blends, introducing new pH levels, mineral content, or nutrient density
  • new techniques or products to prevent disease or pest damage
3. In addition:
  • Hybridizing or developing of new strains of crops, plants, or livestock
  • Implementing precision farming techniques to increase yield and/or production efficiency
  • Experimenting with new or different fertilizers 
  • Evaluating and implementing new techniques to increase yields
  • Improving harvesting techniques
  • Implementing new equipment to improve harvest cycle times
  • Optimizing the treatment and management of farm wastes in an energy-efficient manner
  • Designing and implementing biosecurity practices via facility cleaning and disinfection

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Last year, the IRS made its reporting and record-keeping requirements for R&D tax credits much, much stricter and complex. As a result, it’s to your benefit to only rely on a specialized company with both engineering and accounting capabilities that can undertake a full-fledged technical study.

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