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Q:  What is forest tax?

A:  Since 1971, state law has excluded timber from ad valorem property taxation. In place of a property tax on trees, timber owners pay a 5 percent excise tax on the stumpage value of their timber when it is harvested. In 1982, the forest tax was extended to timber harvested from state and federal land, as well as private land.
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WAC 458-40
RCW 84.33
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