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Riparian Forest Buffer Protection for Waterways Tax Credit

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What is the Riparian Forest Buffer Protection for Waterways Tax Credit?



Wooded buffers along streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay are called riparian forests and help protect our water quality. Virginia landowners can receive a tax credit for preserving riparian forest buffers along waterways during a timber harvest operation.

Riparian Buffer Tax Credit Application (English; Word format).


The 2000 Virginia General Assembly enacted the Riparian Buffer Tax Credit to provide a nonrefundable tax credit to:

  • Individuals, S-Corporations or Partnerships; Estates and Trusts are not eligible for this tax credit, but Family Partnerships and Limited Liability Corporations are eligible.
  • owning land on which timber is harvested,
  • which abuts a waterway,
  • and who forbears timber harvesting on certain portions of the land for 15 consecutive years.

The amount of the credit is equal to 25% of the value of the timber retained as a buffer up to $17,500. The buffer must be at least 35 feet wide and no more than 300 feet and be intact for 15 years. The applicant must have a Stewardship Plan for the tract to qualify. A separate application must be completed for each tract.

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Views: 1114 Created on: Jun 15, 2013
Date updated: Aug 21, 2015
Posted in: STATES, Virginia

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