Three Cheers for our Friends at Community Food Rescue who are connecting hungry neighbors with good food and reducing food waste. One source of food for hungry folks is donated or gleaned food straight from local farms - farmers can get a tax credit for these donations. Read on for information from CFR on the Farm Food Donation Pilot Program and write state representatives to extend this program before it sunsets at the end of the year.
The Farm Food Donation Pilot Program, signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan, allows eligible farmers to take a tax credit for donating unsold surplus farm products to charitable organizations. This three-year pilot program that began in 2017 is available to farms located in Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, Montgomery county, Prince George’s County and St. Mary’s County. “This is a way for Maryland farmers to further help their communities and ensure their harvest does not go to waste,” said Governor Hogan.
To claim the credit, farmers donate products to non-profit charitable organizations that are Certified Tax Credit Administrators. Farmers fill out a simple MDA Food Donation Pilot Program Form for each food donation and submit it to the non-profit. Non-profit food providers become Certified Tax Credit Administrators by completing and submitting the Application for Tax Credit Administrator Form to the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). Both forms can be found on the Maryland Department of Agriculture website (scroll down right side of the page).
This is great opportunity to claim the tax credit during the pilot program. The program is due to expire December 31, 2019. State House Delegates Ebersole and Young recently introduced HB 403 to extend the Farmer Tax Credit to all Maryland Counties through 2022. Please share this tax credit opportunity with farmers and non-profit food providers. Contact Delegates Jay Walker firstname.lastname@example.org and Anne Kaiser email@example.com with the form below to support HB403. It is a win-win-win!
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