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We are farmers and have retired. We have sold all our sheep and our query is are we taxed at the same rate for these sales as when we operated as a viable business selling surplus sheep to allow for the younger stock coming on.

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We were of the impression when selling stock on retirement our tax rate would be less.

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Tax Professional: Shan-Nel Simmons, Enrolled Agent replied 8 months ago
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Livestock is usually inventory. Inventory is always taxed at the ordinary rate.

In order to get lower rates you have to have capital assets. Livestock is not a capital asset. Any gains or losses from the sell of livestock will be reported on schedule F or Form 4797.

This is from the IRS themselves:

"Property held for sale in the ordinary course of your farm business. Property you hold mainly for sale to customers, such as livestock, poultry, livestock products, and crops, is a noncapital asset. Gain or loss from sales or other dispositions of this property is reported on Schedule F (Form 1040) (not on Schedule D (Form 1040) or Form 4797)."

You can read more here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p225.pdf

I hope this helps. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
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Tax Professional: Shan-Nel Simmons, Enrolled Agent replied 8 months ago

I am sorry you feel this way, and I wish I could have given you better news. But livestock is inventory and the truth is it does not qualify to be treated as a capital asset to receive the capital tax rates.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Sorry not being rude, I just realised you are in America and intended to pose this question to our
Australian Tax Office. Thank you anyway
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No please just cancel our contact and I will Sort this out in Australia. Please cancel the charges to our credit card .
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