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Ag department announces last call for producers to file benefit forms with IRS
Wilson County U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Stephen Svacina reminds producers that they must submit an Adjusted Gross Income verification consent form (CCC-927 or CCC-928) to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as soon as possible in order to maintain eligibility for 2009 and 2010 program benefits.
The consent form authorizes IRS to verify for the Farm Service Agency whether a payment recipient’s adjusted gross income meets the eligibility requirements for the Farm Service Agency programs. The form became a requirement for payment eligibility beginning with the 2009 crop year; however, many program participants have not yet submitted this form for 2009 and 2010 program benefits.
“Producers who fail to file these forms before September 2011 will receive a notice from the National Office stating that the producer is ineligible for 2009 and/or 2010 payments,” Svacina said. “The producer will be responsible for fully refunding all payments received under programs subject to AGI [adjusted gross income] limitations,” he said.
The IRS requires written consent from all individuals or legal entities before verification of the average adjusted gross income can be provided to the USDA. Individuals must submit form CCC-927 and legal entities must submit form CCC-928. Without these forms on file, eligible producers will not receive USDA program payments.
Svacina further clarifies that these consent forms are required for payments received from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as well as those received through the Farm Service Agency. Completed forms must be returned to the IRS.
For more information on adjusted gross income eligibility requirements or the verification process, contact the Wilson County Farm Service Agency at 830-393-3411.
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