Farming and ranching is fraught with uncertainties but taxes shouldn’t be one of them, Oregon Farm Bureau member Gayle Goschie recently told the Senate Finance Committee. Testifying on behalf of the Hop Growers of America, Goschie asked lawmakers to help millions of American small businesses by streamlining and simplifying the incredibly complex federal tax code.
“A growing season can turn quickly from an economic gain to an economic loss. A change in the weather, product prices, labor supply or our customers’ needs can have an extreme, often unforeseen, impact on our business. Furthermore, the complex and sometimes arbitrary and inequitable nature of our tax laws can impact how we buy equipment, what type of crops we plant and our hiring practices,” she explained.
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