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The Collin County timberland exemption is not technically an exemption. It is an assessment valuation based on timberland use. Collin County landowners may apply for special appraisal based on their land's productivity value rather than what the land would sell for on the open market. Typically, a productivity value is lower than market value, which lowers property taxes. Collin County landowners must use their land in timberland. There is a rollback tax for taking such land out of its productivity use.

Collin County property owners may qualify for timberland appraisal if land meets the following criteria:


The land must be devoted principally to timberland use.


Timberland land must be devoted to production at a level of intensity that is common in the local area.


The land must have been devoted to timberland production for at least five of the past seven years. However, land within the city limits must have been devoted continuously for the preceding five years, unless the land did not receive substantially equal city services as other properties in the city.


If Collin County land receiving a timberland appraisal changes to a non-timberland use, the property owner who changes the use will owe a rollback tax. The rollback tax is due for each of the previous five years in which the land received the lower appraisal. The rollback tax is the difference between the taxes paid on the land's timberland value and the taxes paid if the land had been taxed on its higher market value. Plus, the owner pays 7 percent interest for each year from the date that the taxes would have been due.

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