Cattlemen for Tax Reform

America’s tax code badly needs an update

Devastating regulations, such as the Death Tax, are impeding growth and jeopardizing the long-term viability of family ranching operations. But the current system also includes critical provisions that account for the unique needs of agricultural producers. Cattlemen and women across the country – and the rural communities that depend on them – cannot afford a one-size-fits-all approach. We are fighting for a tax code that protects family-owned ranches and revitalizes rural America.

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John Dudley, Texas

“People have been paying their taxes. They’ve been paying the ad valorem tax, they’ve been keeping the school running, the hospital running, the local water system running. They’ve been paying their income tax. They’ve been doing their share.”

Tim Koopman, California

Tim Koopman’s family survived two fights with the death tax. But that was before urban expansion and Silicon Valley billionaires threatened to ruin the land.

Kerry Lightsey, Florida

A death tax bill forced Kerry Lightsey to sell his ranch. Now that same land is a living testament to suburban sprawl. Instead of pristine pasture that provided for cattle and Florida’s wildlife, the land has been converted to a massive apartment complex.

Pete Bonds, Texas

Rancher Pete Bonds has a simple message for Congress when it comes to the death tax.

Buck Wehrbein, Nebraska

“We move forty to fifty thousand cattle through here a year, and that’s $75-$100 million dollars and there’s interest on almost all of that money, so to lose the interest deduction would be actually catastrophic for us. It’s kind of almost beyond what I could get my brain around.”

Jay Wolf, Nebraska

“You’d think in operating a business like this, the most important decisions would be strategic decisions about buying or selling cattle or buying and selling land,” Wolf says while sitting in his pickup truck surrounded by his cattle. “Instead the most important decisions I’ve made have been estate-planning decisions, and they have impacted our ability to maintain our operation more than anything else – and that doesn’t really seem right.”

Kevin Kester, California

Kevin Kester’s family has been ranching in California since the 1860s, but it’s not weather conditions or market volatility that keeps him up at night. The death tax harmed his family and community before. Now he’s worried it could happen again.

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For more information, please contact the
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Ed Frank at 202-879-9125
Max Moncaster at 202-879-9124

1275 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 801
Washington, DC. 20004