A few Texas Longhorn cattle may be all you need to meet the requirements for Agricultural Use Exemption in Texas and the sizable benefits that the Texas Tax code offers.
This BLOG is specific to Texas landowners! However, your State may have a similar Tax Code
Owning acreage is a popular dream. Moreover, If you are lucky enough to live this dream, it is often all that you thought it would be, except the part where you pay your property tax! Agricultural Use Exemption goes a long way in offering relief. Here are 5 basic considerations.
5 Considerations for Agricultural Exemptions in Texas
As you may know, some land in Texas qualifies for special methods of valuation that in turn constitute significant tax deductions.
Your rural land may qualify for assessment using an “Open-Space Appraisal“ method even if you are not a full time farmer and your primary income is not a result of your agricultural efforts.
Because Open Space Appraisals aim to promote the preservation of open land in Texas, the terminology to qualify revolves around Agricultural Use of the land.
The definition of Agricultural Use includes, amongst other things, raising or keeping LIVESTOCK. It is our opinion that raising Texas Longhorn Cattle is not only one of the easiest options in this regard, but it’s rewarding too.
Although there are different acreage requirements between counties, there are specific State requirements that your land must fulfill to qualify for Agricultural Exemption in Texas.
Some of these requirements are:
a) land must currently be devoted principally to agricultural use to the degree of intensity generally accepted in your surrounding area
b) it must have been devoted principally to agricultural use for 5 of the last 7 years,
c) As the owner, you must file an application with the Chief Appraisal office before May 1.
Penalties for tax roll-backs come into play when land no longer qualifies for reductions in tax appraisal reductions. Understanding the status of land before purchasing it is as important as maintaining tax reduction appraisals.
Nonetheless, if you own acreage which could qualify for tax reductions/exemptions and you don’t own Longhorn cattle YET, consider discussing the benefits with your accountant. What is more, we’ve got you covered when it comes to information regarding the ease of keeping and raising these magnificent longhorn cattle.
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