Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2016
Revenue and Taxation Code
Division 2. Other Taxes
Part 18.5. Timber Yield Tax
CHAPTER 2. Imposition of the Tax
38115. Imposition and rate of timber yield tax. A timber yield tax is hereby imposed on every timber owner who harvests his timber or causes it to be harvested on or after April 1, 1977, and on every timber owner of felled or downed timber who acquires title to such felled or downed timber in this state from an exempt person or agency described in Section 38104 on or after that date, and on every person who, without authorization, intentionally or unintentionally harvests or causes to be harvested timber owned by another, at the rate of 6 percent of the total immediate harvest value of that timber or at such other rate as may be fixed pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 38202) of this part. The immediate harvest value shall be determined as of the scaling date.
History.—Stats. 1977, Ch. 853, in effect September 17, 1977, added "on or" between "38104" and "after". Stats. 1981, Ch. 947, in effect January 1, 1982, added "and on every . . . . . another," after "date" in the first sentence.
Construction.—Application of tax to non-Indian purchasers of tribal timber is preempted by federal law. State's general interest in revenue collection does not outweigh specific federal and tribal interest with which tax interferes, the tax does not fund services directly related to harvesting of tribal timber, and the tax is otherwise unconnected with tribal timber activities. Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Nevins, 881 F.2d 657.
38116. Low value exemption. (a) Subject to the limitation in subdivision (b), there is exempted from the tax imposed by this part timber whose immediate harvest value is so low that, if not exempt, the tax on the timber would amount to less than the cost of administering and collecting the tax, as determined by the board by rule. The board, after consultation with the Timber Advisory Committee, shall establish by rule the level at which the tax that would apply is less than the cost to administer and collect the tax.
(b) The board shall have no authority to exempt timber with an estimated immediate harvest value of more than three thousand dollars ($3,000).
History.—Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 591 (SB 2237), in effect January 1, 1999.