In September 2006 the General Property Tax Act
(1893 PA 206, as amended) was amended to add the Qualified Forest Property (QFP)
tax exemption (Public Acts 378, 379 and 380). The intent of this tax exemption
is to encourage private landowners to manage their land for forestry by
providing a property tax reduction as an incentive. Landowners approved for this
tax exemption are exempt from some school operating taxes. Participating
landowners are not required to allow public access on their land.
Landowners approved for this exemption must
have a minimum of 20 vacant, contiguous acres (no buildings or structures are
allowed), and are limited to exempting 320 acres per taxing unit. Landowners
must manage their land with an approved forest management plan or forest
management plan certified by a third-party certifying organization.
Participating landowners are required to report to the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) annually the amount of timber produced on this land and whether
any buildings or structures have been constructed on the land.
The amount of land eligible for the qualified
forest property tax exemption state-wide is limited to 300,000 acres beginning
in 2008 which will be the first year land may receive this tax exemption.
Landowners wishing to be considered for this tax exemption must submit a
"Claim for Qualified Forest Property Tax Exemption" (Michigan
Department of Treasury Form 4449 "Affidavit") available on the
Michigan Department of Treasury webpage at http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,1607,7-238-43535_43537-154841--,00.html.
The Affidavit, two copies of the forest management plan (and two copies of any
third party certification, if applicable) and a plan review fee must be
submitted prior to November 1, in order to be considered for the tax exemption
in the following tax year.
The local tax collecting unit assessor will
determine if the land is qualified forest property based upon a recommendation
from the DNR that the landowner has an approved forest management plan and after
determining the acreage limitation has not been exceeded.
management plan requirements are prescribed in the 2006 PA 378 and are
summarized in the plan requirements summary provided below.
If you have more specific questions about the
forest management plan or third-party certifying organizations please feel free
to contact the DNR Service Forester for the county in which your land is
located. A list of DNR Service Foresters and information regarding third-party
certifying organizations is provided below. The DNR also offers a cost share
program for the creation of forest management plans through the Forest
Stewardship Program. If you are interested in this type of program
, Mineral & Fire Management
Department of Natural Resources
If you have specific tax questions relating to
the qualified forest property tax exemption please contact:
Harold Anderson, Manager
Assessment Review Unit
Assessment and Certification Division
Michigan Department of Treasury
Information Taken From www.michigan.gov/dnr