Timber valuation for 2012-2015
The Louisiana Tax Commission has approved new timberland assessments for ad valorem tax
purposes for the 2012-2015 tax years. The timber valuation decreased in each of the four timberland
classes. The new assessments begin with the 2012 tax notices.
Timberland 2012- 2015 2008- 2011 % change
Class I $38.67 $40.65 -5.0%
Class II $27.47 $29.37 -6.0%
Class III $12.05 $13.78 -13%
Class IV $7.53 $ 8.89 -15%
Ad valorem taxes paid by landowners are determined by these assessed values multiplied by
the millage rates in each parish. Taxes can differ significantly due to the millage but the assessed values
are constant in all parishes.
The Louisiana Tax Assessor’s Association and the Louisiana Forestry Association worked closely
with the Tax Commission in providing information for the new assessments. If you have questions,
please call the LFA office. For information on the different timber classes, click here.
2013 Severance Tax Set
The Louisiana Forestry Commission and the Louisiana Tax Commission set
stumpage values to be used for timber severance tax computations. These values are in
effect for Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013.
The sawtimber and chip-n-saw regular severance tax rate is 2 1/4 percent of the
sawtimber stumpage value. The pulpwood regular severance tax rate is 5 percent of the
stumpage value. Pine sawtimber showed the biggest drop and hardwood sawtimber had
the largest increase.
The Louisiana Forestry Commission also elected Scott Poole as chair and Mike
Merritt as vice chairman.
2013 Severance Tax
Product 2013 Stumpage Value Severance Tax
Pine sawtimber $242.01/mbf $30.25/ton $5.44/mbf $.68/ton
Hdwd sawtimber $352.45/mbf $37.10/ton $7.93/mbf $.83/ton
Chip-n-saw $52.16/cord $19.32/ton $1.17/cord $.43/ton
Pine pulpwood $21.98/cord $8.14/ton $1.10/cord $.41/ton
Hdwd pulpwood $20.43/cord $7.17/ton $1.02/cord $.36/ton