Home > News > USDA, IRS Rush Through Flurry of Rule Changes on COVID-19 Aid, Taxes

Changes to the H-2A agricultural guest-worker program, a rule for hemp production, expanded COVID-19 aid through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and a new rule that will raise taxes on farmers working with cooperatives were all part of a flurry of last-minute regulatory changes implemented by USDA, the IRS and Department of Labor late last week. Producers of additional commodities like hogs and poultry are now eligible for CFAP payments of up to 80% of revenue lost because of the pandemic. The “grain glitch” rule relating to farmer cooperatives wipes out a tax deduction for coops that applied to income relating specifically to patron business. Leaders of the cooperative sector called the change an “example of bureaucratic overreach.” See more on the last-minute rule changes.

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