2015 ORS 321.726¹
Severance tax upon harvest from small tract forestland

(1) A severance tax is imposed at the time of the harvest of timber from small tract forestland.

(2) The tax is imposed on the owner of timber at the time of harvest, and remains a liability of the owner of timber until paid.

(3) The tax is imposed at the rate of:

(a) $3.89 per thousand feet, board measure, of timber harvested in western Oregon; or

(b) $3.03 per thousand feet, board measure, of timber harvested in eastern Oregon.

(4) The tax shall be imposed on the net volume of timber harvested, determined by unit of proper measurement for the kind of timber, species, quality class, grade or product harvested.

(5) For calendar years beginning on or after January 1, 2005, the tax rates imposed under subsection (3) of this section shall be indexed as follows:

(a) For the rate that applies to the harvest of timber from small tract forestland in western Oregon, the tax rate applicable to the harvest of timber from small tract forestland in western Oregon for the previous calendar year shall be multiplied by the ratio of the average assessed value per acre of small tract forestland in western Oregon for the property tax year in which the current calendar year begins over the average assessed value per acre of small tract forestland in western Oregon for the previous property tax year. For purposes of this paragraph, the average assessed value per acre of small tract forestland in western Oregon is determined by adding the assessed values per acre of small tract forestland for each land class in western Oregon and dividing that number by the number of land classes in western Oregon.

(b) For the rate that applies to the harvest of timber from small tract forestland in eastern Oregon, the tax rate applicable to the harvest of timber from small tract forestland in eastern Oregon for the previous calendar year shall be multiplied by the ratio of the assessed value per acre of small tract forestland in eastern Oregon for the property tax year in which the current calendar year begins over the assessed value per acre of small tract forestland in eastern Oregon for the previous property tax year.

(6) The tax imposed under this section does not apply to an owner of forestland totaling 5,000 acres or more that, on or after July 1 of an assessment year, acquires ownership of small tract forestland and harvests timber from the acquired small tract forestland. [2003 c.454 §9]

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Notes of Decisions

Programs administered by Depart­ment of Revenue that allow preferential assess­ment for farm and forestland are not "programs affecting land use" and are not subject to require­ment of statewide goal and local comprehensive plan compliance under ORS 197.180 (State agency planning responsibilities). Springer v. LCDC, 111 Or App 262, 826 P2d 54 (1992), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Validity of ad valorem and severance taxa­tion of logs destined for export, (1975) Vol 37, p 427

Law Review Cita­tions

16 WLR 397 (1979)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 321—Timber and Forestland Taxation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors321.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 321, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano321.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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