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We help landowners uncover tax deductions for cropland, ranchland, and timberland.

Through Legacy Nutrient Deductions™, our advanced tax services and scientific reporting helps maximize income tax deductions for ag land.

If you purchased or inherited farmland with the last 15 years, you may qualify for specific tax deductions related to the soil nutrient load on your farm or ranch. Watch the video below to hear Dave, a farmer in Iowa, tell his story:


Owners of agricultural properties tend to be deeply experienced with capturing accelerated deductions on capital items such as fencing, irrigation, and structures to improve the tax efficiency of their holdings. However, very few are aware that they can capture soil fertility-related deductions as well.

This allows for an overlooked farm tax deduction that is determined according to the levels of excess fertility in your recently acquired soil. Savings related to recently acquired farmland can be substantial!

$1,700/acre average savings

We know because
we’ve seen it!

Establishing Burden of Proof

The Fall 2023 edition of Agricultural Tax Issues, published by Land Grant University’s Tax Education Foundation, offers context and guidance regarding this opportunity with IRS section 180.

According to the report (p. 171):
“As fertilizer prices have climbed higher, more people who acquire farmland through purchase or inheritance have looked for more ways to recover the value of residual fertilizer through amortization or I.R.C. § 180 deductions. While there is some support for taking reasonable deductions for excess fertilizer, taxpayers should ensure that they are carefully considering the risk.”

Who We Help

Boa Safra serves a variety of clients and channel partners.

Federal tax code allows purchasers of agricultural land to depreciate the legacy value of fertilizer ingredients that are present in their soil at the time of acquisition in the same way as other capital items such as fencing, irrigation equipment, or structures. In order to capture these deductions, owners need to quantify the volume and value of legacy nutrients in their soils. Boa Safra specializes in both.

Owner – Operators

Land Investors


CPA Firms

Banks & Mortgage

The Results Speak for Themselves

”I have been farming for a long time, and it was hard for me to understand this process, I thought if it was real, I would have already known about it. The truth is it’s real, it works, and the Boa Safra team is very professional. The whole process was easy and 100% turnkey. My only regret is not doing this sooner. Call these guys, you will be happy you did.”

Paul T., Iowa

”I got a mailer and was a skeptic but decided to call. I found the Boa Safra team to be very informative, responsive, and well-versed regarding soil fertility load analysis which is the key to IRS section 180. I decided to go with them. I saved over $400,000 off my tax bill.”

Luke M., Michigan

Our Process

Land investors & farmers choose Boa Safra Ag.

Sampling and Testing

We’re the soil testing experts.

Customized Analysis

We deliver the data and analysis
that YOUR CPA needs.

Trusted Reporting

Qualify for Section 180.
Get the tax deduction you deserve.

Boa Safra’s deeply technical understanding of, taxes, and technology enabled it to develop proprietary sampling methodologies, datasets, and algorithms to deliver the most comprehensive reports available. Its scientifically driven, data-rich approach to soil deductions has been validated by national CPA firms and industry-leading lending, brokerage, and land management groups. This process includes three steps: (1) sampling and mapping soils, (2) establishing nutrient values, and (3) generating comprehensive reports.

Boa Safra Ag offers a full suite of turnkey services for landowners interested in claiming a deduction for fertility acquired with farmland.


Development of an extensive soil sampling protocol – including essential micro and macronutrients.


Collection of soil samples at an appropriate time during the crop year by our expert agronomists.


Analysis of Soil Fertility Load, determination of pre-existing soil fertility quantities, and fair market value.


Detailed report of Soil Fertility Load required to claim an IRS section 180 deduction.

Discover if your parcels’ Fertility Loads could qualify for this little-known, highly valuable tax deduction.

Since 2019, the team has enabled owners of agricultural land to fully benefit from soil related deductions. The company currently operates in 40+ states and has generated over $500 million of deductions for its clients.

Boa Safra Ag Farmland Qualifications for Tax Deduction

Farmland Qualifications

Residual Fertility Load valuation may be determined as part of a land purchase agreement or appraised by a qualified third-party.

Boa Safra Ag Testing Farmland Soil Fertility for Nutrients

Determining Valuations

Only qualifying farmland transactions are permitted to claim pre-existing Soil Fertility Load as a deduction for agricultural production.

Stay up to date on an array of tax issues by Paul Neiffer, CPA.

The Farm CPA Report is your trusted source for farm-specific tax guidance. Created by agribusiness tax expert Paul Neiffer, CPA, this resource offers essential knowledge for farmers and land investors.

DISCLOSURE: The content represented on this website is for informational purposes only. Boa Safra Ag makes no representations regarding the income tax implications or other use of Soil Fertility Load Analysis information and does not provide legal or accounting advice. Consultation with a tax and/or financial advisor is required.

Boa Safra Ag was founded by a team of Midwestern ag professionals to assist landowners in evaluating the presence and value of farmland soil fertility. Leveraging our extensive agricultural expertise, we help landowners maximize the value of an IRS section 180 deduction related to recently acquired farmland.

Our world class team of agronomists uses advanced technology and partners with industry-leading soil sampling and analysis organizations.

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