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With offices in Kentucky, known for its world-class horse farms, racing, and sales, Dean Dorton’s equine industry team has provided accounting, tax, and business consulting services to the horse industry for more than 40 years. Our clients cover a broad spectrum of organizations involved in the Thoroughbred and sporthorse industries:

  • from small boarding farms to large multidepartmental farms involved in boarding, breeding, selling, and stallion management;

  • from racing stables and syndicates to racetracks;

  • from bloodstock agents to equine veterinary firms; and

  • from industry associations to equine insurance agencies.

Not all of our clients are based in Kentucky; horse industry clients from across the United States and internationally also gain comfort from having our industry specialists work with them. As a firm, we endeavor to know the business of horses, not just accounting and tax rules relating to the industry.

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Equine Industry Services

The unique attributes of the equine industry demand accounting and business consulting services with the particular depth of experience and expertise that Dean Dorton delivers. When equine industry participants enlist Dean Dorton to provide tax and consulting services, they can be confident they are engaging a firm with in-depth industry experience and know-how. We are interested in our clients’ business, know the industry, and can provide a wide range of valuable services designed to both optimize savings opportunities and avoid unanticipated problems.

  • Developing strategies to use the optimum forms of organization
  • Reducing exposure to the hobby loss rules
  • Structuring transactions to avoid or minimize sales and use taxes
  • Avoiding or managing the potential impact of the passive activity loss rules
  • Using current and deferred trades of real estate, including farms, to avoid or postpone income taxes
  • Using the involuntary conversion tax rules to defer income taxes on insurance recoveries related to horse and farm casualties
  • Estate planning designed to use valuation and family farm conservation easement incentives, family limited partnership strategies, and deferred tax payments
  • Handling multistate tax issues
  • Helping foreign owners and breeders minimize exposure to U.S. taxes and comply with filing requirements
  • Developing tax accounting systems to comply, where required, with rules requiring capitalization of preproductive period costs
  • Taking advantage of unique tax depreciation rules
  • Representing clients with federal and state tax audits
  • Performing audit, review, and compilation services on client financial statements
  • Performing risk assessments and tailored internal audit functions
  • Designing and implementing farm accounting and management information systems leveraging cloud-based accounting solutions
  • Working with horse and farm owners to provide full-service backoffice accounting solutions
  • Providing accounting staff at all levels—from CFO to accounts payable clerk—depending on the specific needs of the client
  • Developing key performance indicators to aid horse and farm owners in making business decisions
  • Assessing farm accounting and financial management procedures and practices
  • Developing financial and business plans for farms, breeding operations, and racing stables
  • Litigation support and forensic accounting services
  • Providing a wide range of technology solutions, e.g., complete managed services, network design and support, technology assessments, software consulting, accounting solutions, and business application training
  • Performing comprehensive business valuations/appraisals with opinions of value for equine, farm, and general business assets

Equine Financial, Tax, & Operational Update

This full day of training, held in the fall of each year, includes experts from the equine industry covering the latest business, accounting, and tax updates impacting the industry. Some examples of topics covered in this training may include sales and use tax considerations, tax breaks affecting the horse industry, budget best practices, accounting considerations for racing partnerships, succession planning for farm and horse owners, and charitable giving income tax basics.

Surveys and Publications

Dean Dorton’s equine industry team produces surveys and publications each year.

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