Overview of Debate
The 480a Forest Tax Law began in 1974. It lowers property taxes on forest land by exempting a percentage of the enrolled acreage’s assessed value from taxation, lowering the property’s assessed value. Because the assessed value is lower, the amount of tax owed is also reduced.

In January 2015 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposed changes to New York’s 480a Forest Tax Law. Legislative action on the proposed changes is being contemplated as early as May 2015.

The purpose of this website is to provide people with information, helping them create an informed opinion on the proposed changes. There are three types of information on our website: 1) background information, 2) stakeholder perspectives and 3) official positions from various organizations with an interest in forests and open space.

CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE E-MAILS WITH UP-TO-DATE NEWS ON 480A