Sensible Taxes and Regulation


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.



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

Addressing Legal Implications of Outdated Bankruptcy Law

House Bill 90 will provide 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.

Timber Harvest Notification Reform

GFA is supporting HB 897, sponsored by Rep. James Burchett, which would provide more uniformity in timber harvest notification process, improving the efficiency of harvesting and logistics operations across Georgia.
HB 897 Issue Brief

Addressing Attorney’s Fees in Landowner Appeals Cases

GFA is currently supporting SB 410, sponsored by Sen. John Kennedy, that would close 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

Motor Carrier Inspection Study Committee

HR 1160, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Buckner, would create a study committee to explore the issue of overly burdensome roadside inspections by the Department of Public Safety.
HR 1160 Bill Text

Ensuring Fair Timberland Ad Valorem Taxation

We’ve worked to pass Amendment 3, a constitutional amendment focused on providing more fairness and equality in the valuation of timberland.

Addressing Issues with Local Harvesting Ordinances

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

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.

Evaluating Severance Taxation on Timberland

We are currently evaluating legislation to improve the severance tax on timberland for private forest landowners.

Encouraging Equal Taxation of Harvesting Equipment

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


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

Tom Beyer

Vice President of Government Affairs