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Forest Taxation

Providing Timber Tax Information to Private Forest Landowners

Information about the Program....

Program Purpose
The Taxation Program, under the Cooperative Forestry Program of the U.S. Forest Service, provides national leadership on forest tax policy and tax education that are important to support private forest stewardship and conservation. It provides more than 10 million private forest landowners with a consolidated source of information on complex tax issues associated with forest management.

Well managed forests provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, aquifer and watershed protection, and produce timber products and energy. Federal taxes exert an important influence on private forest management, land tenure, and conservation. Providing tax information is one way in which the Forest Service is working to increase forest productivity on family and individual private forest lands. Understanding taxation law impacts the ability of landowners to manage and sustain successful activities on the land.

Program Activities
The Taxation Program of the Cooperative Forestry at the U.S. Forest Service delivers tax education and outreach programs, tracks the latest tax law changes, and provides forest tax policy assessment. These include websites, publications, presentations, workshops, webinars, implemented in collaboration with State Forestry Agencies, the Internal Revenue Service, Cooperative Extension Services and Forest Landowner Associations.

Program Benefits
The Program helps to meet the needs of private landowners and rural communities to manage lands sustainably and maintain ecosystem services. It benefits landowners, forestry consultants, accountants, lawyers and State agency land managers.

Useful Information and Resources

Timber Tax Webinar

Timber Tax Filing for the 2015 Tax Year (Friday January 22, 2016)

Presenter: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service
Time: 1:00pm -2:00pm Eastern Time, Friday January 22, 2016
Link to Webinar:

Timber tax laws have changed due to the new tax law that was passed by Congress in December 2015. Brand new tax provisions on capital gains for timber corporations will affect timber businesses and owners. Business deductions on equipment costs have been increased significantly. Special charitable donation deduction on qualified conservation easement was extended.

To help the 2015 tax return filing, this one-hour webinar will cover the rules for timber tax reporting, including the latest law changes. It will cover the 1099 filing that the foresters must know. Bring your tax questions to get answers from the presenter.

Credits: One hour of SAF CFE Category I credit.

Who will benefit: landowners, foresters, loggers, timber companies, extension agents, natural resource agency program staff and directors, CPAs, Tax Enrolled Agents, attorneys, and other tax preparers






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