Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Bettinger, Pete URN etd-08012012-040518 Title The potential impacts of state income taxes on timber income following the 1986 Tax Reform Act Degree Master of Science Department Forestry Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Haney, Harry L. Jr. Committee Chair O'Neil, Cherie J. Committee Member Wisdom, Harold W. Committee Member Keywords
- Forest products
Date of Defense 1989-04-05 Availability restricted AbstractState income tax laws and their relationship to the federal income tax were surveyed and changes
affecting forest landowners since similar research on this subject (1981-82) are discussed. Several
previously favorable provisions were eliminated at the federal level. Although the economic situation
and research assumptions have changed, the general indications are that many states have
implemented provisions which may be considered generally unfavorable to forest landowners. The
1988 federal and state income tax liabilities for hypothetical forest landowners at three personal income
levels, each with and without timber sale revenue, were calculated for 41 states in the U.S.
which impose a comprehensive income tax.
In the South, the state percentage of the total income tax liability for the hypothetical landowners
who sell timber ranged from 9 to 21, 7 to 17, and 6 to 15 percent for the low, medium and high
income levels, respectively. The state percentage ranged from 10 to 31, 9 to 20, and 7 to 16 percent
for the low, medium and high income levels, respectively for landowners who did not sell timber.
Louisiana was the lowest and North Carolina was the highest for all hypothetical cases. In the
West, the state percentage ranged from 13 to 25, 12 to 25, and 10 to 19 percent, for the low, medium
and high income levels, respectively, for landowners who sold timber. The state percentage for
landowners who did not sell timber ranged from 10 to 34, 15 to 25, and from 12 to 20 percent
the low, medium and high income levels, respectively. Arizona and Colorado consistently were
among the lowest and Hawaii was the highest for all the hypotheticalcases
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