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Date: 25 Jun 2019
Category: ABA

Farm management deposits scheme

ABA Tech Talk

1. With 30 June fast approaching, consider if your Primary Production clients could benefit from the farm management deposits (FMD) scheme…

2. The scheme is designed to enable primary producers to deal with uneven income flows by making tax deductible deposits during prosperous years and receiving assessable repayments during less prosperous years. FMD accounts are commercial products offered by financial institutions and coordinated by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

3. Subject to certain conditions, the FMD is deductible in the year in which they are made. Where FMDs have previously been claimed as a tax deduction is repaid, the repayments are treated as assessable income in the year in which they are made.

4. Amounts that are repaid within 12 months of deposit do not receive concessional treatment unless the repayment is due to a natural disaster or severe drought (see ATO website for details).

5. General eligibility requirements:

• Be an individual (including as a partner in a partnership or beneficiary of a trust) carrying on a primary production business in Australia at the time you make a deposit

• Have no more than $100,000 taxable non-primary production income in the income year you make the deposit

• Hold no more than $800,000 total in FMDs.

Read more: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Primary-producers/In-detail/Farm-management-deposits-scheme/

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