Teagasc to hold Clinic on issues regarding transferring of family farm

Teagasc are hosting clinics in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, 15th October. This is a free event and open to all family farms to attend. James McDonnell, financial specialist, Teagasc said: “Inheritance and succession, is an on-going issue for Irish farm families and must be dealt with in a timely fashion. At these clinics you will gain an insight into, not only the legal, social welfare, and tax implications, but also the best way to go about having the conversation in the family setting.”

  At the clinic, a Teagasc Specialist will make a short address, covering all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan. The clinic will then be open to the farm families present to go and have ‘one to one’ private conversations with the professionals set up in booths around the venue.

  Professionals in attendance will include: Accountants/Tax advisers; Solicitors; Succession mediators; Social welfare advisers; Citizens information; Teagasc Education officers/Collaborative farming/financial specialists.

  Family involvement in planning for succession is essential. A key aim must be to have an open conversation with the people involved so that misunderstandings can be avoided. Some issues you can address with the relevant professionals could include:

• Writing a will/forming trusts

• Starting the conversation within the family

• Income security after retirement and pensions

• Fair deal scheme and its pitfalls

• Options to cater for other siblings

• Forming a partnership with your children

  There are also a number of Tax issues to be considered. On life time transfer of farm assets, Capital Acquisitions Tax (CGT), Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Stamp Duty are the taxes for which a return must be filed.

  Transferring the family farm with good professional advice will help make the task less daunting. It is important to make preparations early so that potential problems can be assessed and avoided before they arise. This will give peace of mind to the parent and give the successor the best possible chance of keeping the farm business together for future generations. The majority of farm families do not plan adequately for succession, so all land owners and potential successors are encouraged to be informed of the issues by attending one of these events.

  There will be two clinics in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, 15th October, the morning one commencing at 10.30 am and the afternoon clinic beginning at 2 pm.

  To book contact your local Teagasc office in Roscommon (090-6626166), Castlerea (094-9620160) or Longford (043-3341021).