[Market-farming] Farms Dealing with the IRS

Pat Meadows pat at meadows.pair.com
Tue Nov 25 07:42:26 EST 2003

On Mon, 24 Nov 2003 17:4:27 -0500, you wrote:

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><DIV>Regards to the list.</DIV>

1.  Could you please stop sending HTML email?  I get all the
codes (as above).  

I believe this is a plaint-text format list - if I'm
mistaken on this point, will someone please correct me?

2.  If you want opinions about a bill, it would be better to
volunteer to send people a copy of the bill.  It's difficult
to express opinions about a bill one hasn't seen.

3.  Nevertheless, 'fair tax' is almost always a euphemism
for 'flat tax' - one tax rate for all.  In other words,
you'd have the person making $200,000/year paying 10% of his
income *and* the person making $10,000/year paying 10% of
his income too.   Give to the rich, screw the poor - this is
the main thrust of the Republican party these days
(unfortunately:  I can remember when this wasn't true).

I am deeply opposed to any flat tax, and - if (as is usual)
'fair tax' means 'flat tax' in this case, I'd be deeply
opposed to it.

><DIV>I have been following the posts on dealing with IRS problems and read the related Growing for Market article as soon as I got my copy. I can't imagine dealing with an issue of this magnitude for a farming operation. And although I think that we keep pretty good records, we never would have been able to come up with all that the agency was asking. 

We have a business, an S-corporation, and I've had other
reasons to deal with the IRS through the years as well.
Maybe I've just been lucky:  I haven't had any problems with

I've found them to be quite helpful, in fact.  Especially
recently - there was a period a while ago when they were
fairly nasty (the Reagan years, IIRC).  But they have seemed
fine to me for at least the last decade.  Again, I could
just have been lucky.


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