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US Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit Should Be Considered Despite Lapse: Expert

Submitted by on April 4, 2017 – 7:46 pmNo Comment

by Eric Janssen (Platts)  The US biodiesel blenders tax credit should be taken into consideration even though the credits have lapsed because it is likely to be retroactively reinstated, according to a recent analysis from an agricultural economist.

Sharing agreements of the $1/gal retroactive tax credit by blenders with producers have been the difference in recent years between a net profit and a net loss for producers, according to a report this week by Scott Irwin, agricultural economics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A sharing agreement, or the sharing of the tax benefits from the tax credit if it is reinstated retroactively, is traditionally done at a 50:50 split between the blender and the producer; however, sharing agreements can range from zero to 100%.

In his analysis, Irwin said that even a sharing agreement in which producers would only receive 20% of the retroactive tax credit would take them from a net loss to a net profit.  READ MORE

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