Today, along with several other agricultural representatives, Western Growers Senior Director of Federal Affairs Ken Barbic met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to discuss tax reform priorities for farmers across the country.

Taking place in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, the meeting was one of several ongoing tax reform listening sessions being held by the Trump Administration. The Administration expects more detailed proposals to be released later in the summer and wants to move tax reform legislation before the end of the year.

Cory Lunde

Tax reform will be a significant priority for the Congress in 2017 with both Congress and the Trump Administration looking to revamp the nation’s tax system. Earlier this month, Senator John Thune (R-ND), and Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, that would repeal the estate tax, while still keeping open changes to the “step-up in basis” rule. Western Growers has joined with other organizations expressing support for these measures. Two letters we have signed onto can be viewed below.  

Jeff Janas

AB 1847, which was signed into law on September 12, 2016, amends California’s Revenue and Taxation Code by requiring employers that that were previously required to notify employees of their eligibility for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to also notify them that they may be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit.

The notice furnished to employees regarding the availability of the federal and the California EITC must specifically read as follows:

Jeff Janas



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