Farmland Assessment Filing Season: Deadline Aug. 1, 2020

We hope that you and your family are well, and that the “stay at home” period has enabled you to enjoy your beautiful woods. Although life has been different for most of us, the deadline for the filing of your farmland assessment applications has not changed. The deadline continues to be August 1, 2020. We are available to assist you with the completion of these applications.

Initially, we will be handling most applications by mail or through an arranged drop off/pick up at our office, in order to comply with current social distancing rules. A calendar of our proposed office hours is found by CLICKING HERE.  Howoever, please visit our website before leaving to see our current stauts, and to see any changes to this arrangement as new information becomes available to us from the state and local health authorities.  CLICK HERE for directions to our office.

We can begin completing your forms immediately, provided that you supply us with the following:
• A completed Activity Summary Sheet (CLICK HERE) or provide similar information. This information is critical for us to work on your applications.
• Copies of receipts/proof of farm income, and other supporting documentation for the past year’s activities.
• Your blank tax forms, if you have them. We can produce these forms for most municipalities at our office, so there is no need to wait to receive them from the town.
• If you are mailing your forms to us, please do so prior to July 15th.

You will need to file your completed tax forms and supporting documentation prior to August 1, 2020, with the NJ Forest Service and your municipal tax assessor, per our instructions. An August 1st postmark is not sufficient.

There is currently no excuse or extension process for late filing. Our goal is for everyone to have all tax forms completed and all required information submitted correctly.

The law requires steady progress toward implementing your Forest Management Plan, and our yearly verification. All trees to be cut should first be marked by us to ensure conformity. The NJ Forest Service and municipal tax assessors expect our regular involvement and woodland activity inspections. We are now required to report the date of our last visit to your property on your Woodland Data form.

The annual retainer and certification fee is $240. Any unpaid account balances must be settled before any forms are prepared. We accept credit cards and Paypal for your added convenience and payment is expected and appreciated at time of service.

Also please note that after July 28 there will be an additional $50 Premium Service Fee applied.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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