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Forest Taxation

Providing Timber Tax Information to Private Forest Landowners

Forest Taxation under the Cooperative Forestry Staff of the U.S. Forest Service provides national leadership on forest tax policy, tax education, and information that are important to support private forest stewardship and conservation.

Cooperative Forestry tracks the latest tax law changes, delivers estate planning information, and provides forest tax policy assessment through websites, publications, presentations, workshops, and webinars. We work in collaboration with State Forestry Agencies, Cooperative Extension Services, and Forest Landowner Associations.

The tax and planning information assistance helps private landowners and rural communities to manage lands sustainably. It benefits forest landowners, forestry consultants, accountants, lawyers, and State agency forest land managers.

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2018 Tax Year

Income Tax Deduction on Timber and Landscape Tree Loss from Casualty

Timber or urban landscape trees destructed by the hurricanes and fires may be tax deductible as a "casualty loss".

Brand new tax law changes that Congress passed in December 2017 affect the casualty loss deductions, starting in the 2018 tax year.

For the taxpayers who are affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, a September 2017 tax law provided tax relief, making it less restrictive to write off eligible hurricane losses.

To help timber owners as well as home owners who suffered timber or landscape tree damages with their tax reporting, this article explains the specific tax issues for timber and landscape tree losses from casualty events, including the new tax law changes affecting the 2018 tax filing.

Timber Tax Filing for the 2017 Tax Year

Presenter: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service
Date: March 2, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Link to Webinar:

Sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code passed by Congress in December 2017 triggered significant amount of questions. There are many confusions as to how the 2018 tax changes will affect forest landowners. Also, special new rules relating to the 2017 Hurricanes provided tax relief on personal property losses including landscape tree losses. 

To help the private forest landowners, foresters, loggers and timber businesses with their 2017 tax return filings and planning for the new tax law changes in 2018, this one-hour free webinar will explain the income tax reporting rules as well as the major new law changes affecting timber transactions.

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

Tax Issues For Forest Landowners Workshop

The USDA Forest Service, in partnership with Louisiana State University, will conduct the timber income tax workshop. This tax workshop will help to educate forest landowners, foresters, accountants, and tax preparers on the many tax issues unique to timber and timberland.

Date: Feb. 9, 2018
Time: 8:30pm - 3:00 pm CST
Location: Lomax Hall Louisiana Tech Univ, South Campus
                 Lomax Dr/Peach St, Ruston, LA   71272








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