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Can I Use Income Averaging On My Tax Return?

Income averaging is only available for farmers or Fisherman. Farmers are individuals, partnerships, corporations or syndicates that cultivate land, or raise or harvest any agricultural or horticultural commodity either as owners or tenants. A farmer may elect to average the current year's income over the three prior years using IRS Schedule J. Income averaging may not be elected by estates or trusts. Speak to your local CPA if you are a farmer or fisherman who is considering income averaging as a tax strategy.

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