Taxation and Accounting for the Vineyard

Understanding relevant tax and accounting issues is a vital step for successful start-ups and ongoing vineyard operations. This course is tailored to help both the vineyard owner and entrepreneur. Learn the principles of accounting for a vineyard operation from the initial start-up phase through the land clearing, planting, pre-production and production stages. Tax aspects and specific accounting techniques for the expenditures in each phase will be discussed in detail.

Topics include:

  • Formulating a business plan
  • Choosing the form of doing business, which directly affects permissible farm accounting methods
  • Avoiding the problems of passive activity
  • Qualifying as a farmer under the tax code
  • Farm accounting, including depreciation and inventory cost capitalization rules
  • Estate planning

Enrollment is limited. Early enrollment is encouraged.

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Da Vinci Building

1632 DaVinci Court, Davis, CA, 95618

Da Vinci Building

Da Vinci Building 1632 DaVinci Court, Davis, CA, 95618

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.