Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 03, 2009 18:15 ET

British Columbia Livestock Producers Affected by Drought Will Get Assistance From Federal Government

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced livestock producers in British Columbia will be eligible for tax deferrals on livestock sold due to drought in 2008.

"Our Government understands the strain that livestock producers are facing and have been facing for several years," said Minister Ritz. "We will continue to put farmers first to ensure these families can weather these challenges and continue to drive the Canadian economy."

Producers in Peace River Regional District, in addition to Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary, who were forced to sell all or part of their herd due to drought conditions, will be eligible for a one-year tax deferral on 2008 income from these sales.

Producers who reduced their breeding herds by at least 15 per cent are eligible. Thirty per cent of income from net sales can be deferred if the herd has been reduced by at least 15 per cent, but less than 30 per cent. Where the herd has been reduced by 30 per cent or more, 90 per cent of income from net sales can be deferred.

The deferral allows eligible producers in designated areas to defer income tax on the sale of breeding livestock for one year to help replenish breeding stock in the following year. In the case of consecutive years of drought designation, producers may defer sales income to the first year in which the area is no longer designated.

Eligible producers will be able to request this deferral when filing their 2008 income tax returns. Livestock producers are advised to contact their local Canada Revenue Agency Tax Services Office for details on the income tax provisions.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059