Montpelier, VT - Landowners who have agricultural land and/or farm buildings enrolled in the Current Use program face an important deadline on November 1, 2018. Landowners currently enrolled must certify that their agricultural land and farm buildings continue to meet the requirements for the Current Use program. Landowners who are unsure whether or not they need to file the agriculture certificate, may look up their SPAN using the online search found here.
The Vermont Department of Taxes has mailed a form to each enrolled landowner at the address it has on file. A landowner must complete, sign, mail or hand deliver the form to the Tax Department by November 1. Failure to certify by the deadline will result in the removal of agricultural land and enrolled farm buildings form the Current Use program.
“This is an important deadline to meet. We encourage all those enrolled to make sure they have filled out the paperwork and return it to the tax department,” said Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom.
When the land and buildings are removed from the program, property taxes are then based upon the assessed value of the property, not the use value, which will most likely increase property taxes for the landowner.
“The Current Use program is a valuable and critical program for Vermont’s farmers. It’s important this enrollment deadline is met,” said Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture.
Mail or hand-deliver your completed forms to The Vermont Department of Taxes, 133 State Street, 1st Floor, Montpelier, VT 05633. Any questions about the Current Use program should be directed to the Current Use division of the Vermont Department of Taxes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 828-5860 Option 2.