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Old 08-27-2007, 09:34 AM
 
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I own 40 acres of land in Morgan county. The land is 50/50 split between timber and pasture. Before my purchase last year, it was listed as agriculture land as the prior owner had 50 heads of cattle on it. Now that the cattle is removed and it is sitting vacant, can I relist the land as agriculture or timber land. I would hate for the county to tax the land as residential. There is no structure on the land and I have no plans to build on it for several years. Will I have to put livestock on the property to list it as agricultural land? Can I claim it as timber? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:44 AM
 
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I own 40 acres of land in Morgan county. The land is 50/50 split between timber and pasture. Before my purchase last year, it was listed as agriculture land as the prior owner had 50 heads of cattle on it. Now that the cattle is removed and it is sitting vacant, can I relist the land as agriculture or timber land. I would hate for the county to tax the land as residential. There is no structure on the land and I have no plans to build on it for several years. Will I have to put livestock on the property to list it as agricultural land? Can I claim it as timber? Any help would be appreciated.
I am not sure you can climb timber. Trees probably.

Call your tax assessors' office and they will be able to give you information on taxes on raw unused land. Do you have enough trees to claim timber use?
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Each county is different, but I would find a farmer willing to hay the pastureland so it doesn't go to scrub, and get some income out of the hay. You don't want to get into paying for bush hogging to do essentially the same job because you waited. Tax-wise, row crops are handled differently than pasture or hay. I can't imagine a county taxing all of the land as residential. Ours is split, with only half-an-acre alloted for homesite, the rest broken into forest and pasture.
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