Selling Timber Can Save on Tax Bill

Seminar on tax advantage of timber sales set for K-State.

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Landowners who sell timber - even occasionally - can qualify for tax-saving treatment from the Internal Revenue Service.

"For them, it´s another way that money literally can grow on trees," said Charles Barden, Kansas State University forestry specialist.

To help Kansans learn about the tax-saving regulations, the Kansas Forest Service and K-State Research and Extension are offering a day- long Timber Tax Seminar Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Shawnee County Extension Office in Topeka (next to the Kansas Expocentre).

"The subject is something that´s still unfamiliar to a number of agricultural accountants, consultants, attorneys and educators. Yet, it can make a big difference in how well a landowner´s tree harvests pay," Barden said.

The special regulations address landowners´ choices on how to handle timber-related income, improvements, weather losses, management costs, and estate taxes. Nationally recognized experts from Mississippi State University´s College of Forestry will lead the discussions.

Registration for the seminar is $45, which will cover the cost of lunch and an array of resource materials. More information is available by calling Barden at 785-532-1444 or visiting the Kansas Forest Service Web site at

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