Sensible Taxes and Regulation

DEVELOPING SENSIBLE TAX & REGULATORY POLICY SOLUTIONS

A sensible tax policy and regulatory environment encourages investments in managing and maintaining healthy forests while growing local communities.

GFA advocates for tax policies that accounts for the long-term nature of timberland investments while ensuring a sensible, research based approach to regulation of working forests and forest product manufacturing.

PRIORITY ISSUES

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Qualified Timberland Property Definitions

House Bill 282 makes critical improvements to the Qualified Timberland Properties (QTP) Program to the benefit of forest landowners across the state by ensuring the rules and regulations for the program align with legislative intent when it was created in 2018.
HB 282 Issue Brief
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Addressing Legal Implications of Outdated Bankruptcy Law

House Bill 90 provides critical legal certainty for consuming mills to be able to continue purchasing timber without the need to conduct a title search on every load. Without this legislation, it is likely that the entire timber supply chain in Georgia would have been restructured with considerable costs to wood dealers, loggers, and mills.
HB 90 ISSUE BRIEF
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Timber Harvest Notification Reform

GFA developed HB 897, sponsored by Rep. James Burchett, which provides more uniformity in timber harvest notification process, improving the efficiency of harvesting and logistics operations across Georgia.
HB 897 Issue Brief
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Addressing Attorney’s Fees in Landowner Appeals Cases

GFA advocated for the passage of SB 410, sponsored by Sen. John Kennedy, that closed a loophole used by county boards of assessors to allow local tax assessors to appeal unfavorable rulings for them at the board of equalization to the superior court simply for the purpose of avoiding having to pay attorney’s fees.
SB 410 Bill Text
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Ensuring Fair Timberland Ad Valorem Taxation

GFA worked to pass Amendment 3, a statewide constitutional amendment focused on providing more fairness and equality in the valuation of timberland.
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Addressing Issues with Local Harvesting Ordinances

Unwarranted ordinances from local government related to timber harvest notification and road access severely impede supply chain efficiency.
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Ending Local Lumber Bans

Successful passage of House Bill 876 helped to end the practice of local government’s banning the use of wood in construction.
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Evaluating Severance Taxation on Timberland

We are currently evaluating legislation to improve the severance tax on timberland for private forest landowners.
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Encouraging Equal Taxation of Harvesting Equipment

We are evaluating legislation to provide ad valorem tax parity for timber harvesting equipment with farming equipment.

Contact

If you have any questions about issues related to Sensible Tax and Regulation, please contact us.

Andres Villegas

President & CEO
andres@gfagrow.org