FLA believes that federal tax policies based on equality and certainty are required to encourage the nation’s private forest landowners to make sustained, long-term capital investments in forest management.


Rather than distorting market forces, taxation should place private forest landowners on near-equal playing fields with other capital ventures, including agriculture, as this will encourage practices that retain forests as working, contributing assets to the nation. Tax policies must recognize the unique and long-term characteristics associated with timber and forest management investments, including the inter-generational transfer of forest assets, to alleviate uncertainty in tax treatment. Comprehensive tax policy will ensure the sustained environmental and social benefits within a predictable economic framework.

Our Position

FLA believes that timber should be treated as a capital asset, not as inventory. The existing tax code as it relates to private forests recognizes the long-term nature of timber investment and should not be amended.

Major Tax Victories for Forest Landowners in 2017

Taxes Complete? Now Exhale. Reduced Tax-Related Regulatory Burdens Coming in 2018

Let’s rejoice over the tax-related victories for family forest landowners during 2017. You may not have felt them as you prepared your 2017 taxes, but FLA’s tax victories will provide a reason to look forward to Tax Day 2018!

In 2017, FLA’s policy advocacy in Washington resulted in two important wins for forest landowners: the inclusion of Timber Tax provisions in the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the withdrawal of proposed changes to Section 2704 of the IRS.

As a strong advocate of the sweeping tax reform, the safeguarding of the timber tax provisions was particularly important to family forest businesses. Also crucial to the economic viability and legacy of your family forest lands, the tax reform contained provisions that created a new deduction that lowers the effective tax rate for pass-through entities and lowers the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Most importantly, the legislation doubles the Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Tax (GST) exemptions from $5.6 million to $11.2 million per individual, and $22.4 million per couple with portability, effective January 1, 2018.

FLA was also victorious in the withdrawal of proposed Obama-era changes to Section 2704. Had they been implemented, the changes would have effectively doubled the estate tax valuations for timberland by removing legitimate valuation discounts for estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes. FLA was the only organization advocating on behalf of family forest owners to withdraw the regulations.

The latest Tax news and blog posts from FLA

FLA Supports Full and Permanent Repeal of the Federal Estate Tax

What is needed are permanent tax policies that do not punish capital-intensive businesses like forestry, and that do not hinder the next generation from continuing the forest legacy of their parents, grandparents and often great grandparents. The Forest Landowners Association continues to support the full repeal of the estate tax repeal.

The Opportunity for Tax Reform is Now

FLA is at the forefront ensuring policy makers understand the unique operations of managing and owning timberland regarding tax policy. The Quick Update The Senate took a significant step toward its goal of overhauling the tax code with the passing of a budget...

Call to Action on Tax Reform

Help the Senate Pass Tax Reform! Tell Your Story to Your Senators Today. House Kills the Death Tax; Your Voice is Needed in the Senate   Last week, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, which provides a path to permanent repeal of the death tax. The...

Tax Reform Blueprint

On Sept. 27, 2017, a group of senior White House officials and Republican leadership in the House and Senate released a tax reform blueprint that includes several major provisions aimed at reducing complexities in the tax code and promoting growth and investment....

House Vote: Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

One More Hurdle to Clear Before Celebrations Can Begin Legislation provides much needed relief and will help sustain the role private forests play in rural economies and the environment. Today, the House of Representatives is set to vote on the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act....