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Welcome to the Far West
Equipment Dealers Association

The Far West Equipment Dealers Association is a nonprofit organization representing agricultural, industrial, materials handling, outdoor power, and rental equipment dealers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

Why You Should Attend the Upcoming Far West Annual Convention

There is simply no substitute for face time. Our Annual meeting gives you that unique opportunity to rub shoulders with other dealer principals and dealership employees from the states served by your Association, as well as industry friends and manufacturers. You have a lot in common with the other attendees – manufacturers, inventory, customers, aftermarket, regulations, taxes, insurance, employees and more which means you have a great deal to talk about. You don’t find this level of interactions just anywhere. Make time for your convention, your business is worth it!


2016 Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODB)

It’s that time of year again – time for the Far West Equipment Dealers Association and Western Equipment Dealers Association Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODB) compilation.  

You have two options in sending your financial information – one is to complete the templates below by transferring the “numbers” from your financial statements to the templates.  The other option is to simply send a copy of your year-end financials. 

Cost of Doing Business Forms

You may email or fax your financial statements or template to Luella at luella@fweda.com; fax 707-678-0125 or send it directly to: 

    Western Association
    Attn: CODB Study
    P.O. Box 419264
    Kansas City, MO 64141-6264 
    lfinch@westerneda.com

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Tractor Incentive Program Offers Money

California growers looking to replace tractors might be eligible for incentive money under a program by the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD).

The Agricultural Tractor Replacement Program provides incentive funds for the replacement of in-use, off-road mobile equipment used in agricultural operations as defined by the California Air Resources Board.

Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must obtain approval and have a signed, executed contract from the SJVAPCD prior to purchasing the new equipment.  As this is not a rebate program, growers who have already purchased new equipment are not eligible for the program.

Information about the program is available online at the SJVAPCD website. 


2016 Partial Tax Exemption: Special Notice 

The partial sales tax exemption for farm machinery has changed effective 1-1-16. Even though the BOE’s website still says the exempt amount is the same as last year, this Special Notice will explain the change and why. In short, the exempt portion of sales tax will go from 5.50% to 5.25%. The 7.50 percent sales and use tax base rate in California, which consists of state, local, and county taxes, remains at 7.50 percent, excluding any district taxes that may apply to certain areas. As of January 1, 2016, the state tax portion will decrease by 0.25 percent and the local tax portion will increase by 0.25 percent. Since the partial exemption only applies to the state tax, the amount of the partial exemption will decrease by 0.25 percent.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Far West Office if you have questions, concerns or need further information.


2016 California Minimum Wage Increase

Legislation passed September 25, 2013 (AB 10) raises California’s current minimum wage, the lowest hourly wage an employer may pay a nonexempt employee to $10 per hour, effective January 1, 2016.

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President Signs Tax Extender Bill

The "Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015,” a piece of legislation containing the Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation measures championed by Far West and EDA through its extensive lobbying efforts, has now been passed overwhelmingly by both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama on Friday, December 18th.  

This marks an impressive win for Far West Members. A section-by-section summary of the legislation can be found here.  

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2015 Cost of Doing Business Survey (CODB)

The Cost of Doing Business Survey presents the annual financial and operational profile of independent, retail equipment dealerships. This Survey is made possible through the cooperation of participating dealer associations and their members who provided detailed financial and operational information for their individual companies. The Survey assesses financial performance and presents composite income statements and balance sheets in addition to averages for key financial performance ratios.

Please fill out this form and fax to 707-678-0125  to order your copy of the Survey Results.

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FWEDA Matching Fund Scholarship Program

FWEDA is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of matching fund scholarships to assist in the training of employees or potential employees of Far West’s farm equipment dealers.
 
This is a “dealer-driven” scholarship process. The dealer must approve the applicant as a potential future employee, approve the applicant’s course of study as being relevant to dealership operations, and agree to match the $500 scholarship awarded by FWEDA. Applicants must be accepted and enrolled as a full-time student into a dealer-approved higher education curriculum.

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Paid Sick Leave Law

With the signing of the legislation mandating that employers provide employees with paid sick leave starting July 1, 2015, many employers are questioning what options they have to comply with the new law and how existing or newly adopted employer policies will coordinate with this new mandate.
AB 1522 (Gonzalez; D-Sherman Heights; Chapter 317) provides employers with three options by which to satisfy the requirement to provide employees with paid sick leave, thereby offering employers some flexibility to implement a new or existing policy.  

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