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Is Your Ranching Operation Business First Or Family First?

  • Feb 20, 2014
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    10 Estate Planning Tips; PLUS: How One Farmer Gifted His Estate

    I recently saw a news segment about an Iowa farmer who had passed away. The farmer had no family and kept to himself, so when it came time for his funeral, there were many open pews in the church that day. Following the ceremony, the farmer’s lawyer leaned in to the priest and told him the parish would be receiving a large gift from the farmer. In addition, that farmer left bequests to many other local churches in the area. Needless to say, the community was stunned by his generosity....More
  • Jan 8, 2013
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    Fiscal Cliff Moves Estate Tax In Right Direction 10

    If you’ve been paying attention this first week of 2013, you already know that Congress passed a tax compromise that averts the fiscal cliff and makes permanent the federal estate tax with an exemption of $5.12 million/individual (indexed for inflation) and a tax rate of 40% for amounts over the exemption....More
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    Dec 3, 2012
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    Is Your Estate Plan Up To Snuff?

    Last week, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University hosted the first ever Beginner Farmer and Rancher Symposium. It was standing room only as the event focused on helping farm and ranch families transition their operations from one generation to the next....More
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    Nov 14, 2012
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    Ranchers Need Permanent Estate Tax Relief 10

    I celebrated my 25th birthday earlier this week at a small steakhouse in Letcher, SD. While enjoying steak tips and wine, one of our neighbors joined us at our table. We started visiting about the election results, and soon, the topic of the death tax came up. He said his friend ended up paying $2 million in estate taxes in order to save the family ranch after the death of his father. The conversation continued with talk of estate planning, gifting land and putting assets in a trust for the next generation before it’s too late....More
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