Property Tax Reduction Programs
Significant property tax reductions are available for many owners of forestland and open space. Several states have programs intended to reduce the loss of forests by reducing the tax burden on landowners who choose not to develop their forests.
F&W has worked extensively with private landowners and utility companies to enroll many properties in tax reduction programs such as Connecticut PA 490, Massachusetts Chapter 61/61B, and New York Section 480a. Many towns also have local open space regulations that can reduce tax burdens, even if a property does not qualify as forestland.
We can also assist landowners with sales and donations of conservation easements.
For an initial consultation, please call 860-349-7007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut's Land Use Value Assessment Law - Public Act 490 - A Practical Guide and Overview for Landowners, Assessors and Government Officials, a publication of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, Inc.
Chapter 61B Open Space and Recreational Land - Current Use Tax Program (Massachusetts), by Paul Catanzaro et al, published by the Trustees of Reservations and UMASS.
Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for the 2013 Tax Year, a publication of the USDA Forest Service.