An Agricultural Assessment or Ag Assessment is a plan to determine if a farm has the ability to gain tax exemption on land that is in agricultural production.
Submissions are due by March 1st. of every year to your local town Assessor. The Agricultural Districts Law allows reduced property taxes for land in agricultural production by limiting the property tax assessment of such land to its prescribed agricultural assessment value.
The first step in the application procedure is to go to the county Soil and Water Conservation District office. If you are interested, contact the District and someone will discuss filling out a Soil Group Worksheet with you.
New Soil Group Worksheets cost $25 per Tax Parcel, and previously completed worksheet Revisions cost $15 per Tax Parcel.
All Soil Group Worksheets can be paid for with cash, check, or via PayPal*
*In order to use PayPal you must have an account set up prior to making your payment. Using PayPal for your Soil Group Worksheet is the equivalent of paying with a credit card.
Soil Group Worksheet Requirements Include:
Land must consist of seven or more acres and have been used for agricultural production in the last two years.
Annual gross sales (AGS) of agricultural products must average $10,000 or more for the last two years. AGS means the actual proceeds from the sales of Agricultural (Ag) Products.
A start up operation may qualify if its AGS amount is $10,000 for 7+ acres or $50,000 for operations less than 7 acres.
Rented land also qualifies for an Ag exemption as long as it meets the above qualifications.
More information can be found at: https://www.tax.ny.gov/research/property/assess/valuation/ag_overview.htm
Below is an example of a Soil Group Worksheet and the accompanying Soils Map that you would receive from the District after payment is received.
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