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WCMA Calls on Congress to Fix Section 199A of Tax Policy to Provide Stability to Agribusiness

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association is calling on federal lawmakers to modify language in Section 199A of the recently-approved tax reform policy to ensure a stable agribusiness economy.

Section 199A allows farmers to deduct 20 percent of their gross sales to cooperatives, but farmers selling to privately-held companies may only deduct 20 percent of their net income.  This seemingly-inadvertent inequity has triggered concerns for all sectors of the dairy industry, but Congress failed to approve a fix in the last continuing budget resolution.

WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer has released this statement on the matter:

“With members ranging from the nation’s largest dairy cooperatives to small, multi-generation independent cheesemakers, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association is urging lawmakers to work quickly to address the inequity created by the new Section 199A in recent tax reform legislation.

 “WCMA supports immediate Congressional action to restore or rebalance tax policy, providing stability for dairy producers and processors alike.”

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, founded in 1893, represents 522 companies operating in 683 facilities in 30 American states.  More information is available at WisCheeseMakers.org.