The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding producers about submitting required documentation to the Internal Revenue Service in order to maintain eligibility for program benefits.

Nueces County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Jeremy Hughes said local agricultural producers must submit an Adjusted Gross Income verification consent form (CCC-927 or CCC-928) to the IRS as soon as possible.

The consent form authorizes the IRS to verify whether a payment recipient’s adjusted gross income meets eligibility requirements for FSA programs. The form became a requirement for payment eligibility beginning with the 2009 crop year, however many program participants have not yet submitted this form for 2009 and 2010 program benefits.

“Producers who fail to file these forms before September 2011 will receive a notice from the national office stating that the producer is ineligible for 2009 and/or 2010 payments,” Hughes said. “The producer will be responsible for fully refunding all payments received under programs subject to AGI limitations.”

The IRS requires written consent from all individuals or legal entities before verification of the average adjusted gross income can be provided to the USDA. Individuals must submit form CCC-927and legal entities must submit form CCC-928. Without these forms on file, eligible producers will not receive USDA program payments.

Hughes said the consent forms are required for payments received from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as those received through FSA. Completed forms must be returned to the IRS.

For more information contact the Nueces County FSA office at (361) 387-2533.