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Tax Exempt Status for Private Land #731752

Asked October 22, 2020, 3:22 PM EDT

Is there a way a private land owner can get 500 acres of forest/agricultural land tax exempt status?

Emmet County Michigan

Expert Response

The general rule is property tax exemptions is that the property must be owned by an exempt entity and used for an exempt purpose and the exemption must also be expressly stated in some Michigan statute most commonly found in the General Property Tax Act.

A private landowner is not an exempt entity for some of the more usual exemptions for scientific, educational, religious, charity, etc. As such, these would not be available. This would leave us with some that are expressly stated. As the information in the question is limited, I can only offer a basic response.

I would suggest that you may wish to consider researching the following two possible programs.

Qualified Agricultural property exemption

http://www.michiganpropertytax.com/Qualified%20Ag%20STC.pdf

Qualified Forest Program

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/Qualified__Forest_Program_Brochure_Post_Harlow_Edits_446758...

Depending upon the exact composition of the subject property, you may qualify for one or the other. This is also a conversation that you should have with your local assessor.

David S. Rowley Replied October 27, 2020, 3:48 PM EDT

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