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Unmodified Forest Property Tax - Is It Fair?

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Past theoretical arguments against unmodified forest property taxes have reinforced their historical unpopularity. Recent literature suggests that at any given tax rate, average property taxes as a percent of accrued annual income would not necessarily be any higher on forests than on other types of property. Nevertheless, it is still possible to show that, under certain conditions, unmodified property taxes may be more discouraging to forestry than to other land uses. Arguments about impacts hinge on the degree to which such taxes are shifted forward into higher wood prices or back into lower land values.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forest Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publication date: 1977-10-01

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