21.187.12 96th Legislative Session 739
HOUSE TAXATION ENGROSSED
Introduced by: Representative Chaffee
An Act to redefine the criteria for classifying land as agricultural for tax purposes.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That § 10-6-31.3 be AMENDED.
10-6-31.3. Classification of agricultural land--Criteria.
For tax purposes, land is
agricultural land if
use is devoted to the raising and harvesting of crops or timber or
fruit trees, the rearing, feeding, and management of farm livestock,
poultry, fish, or nursery stock, the production of bees and apiary
products, or horticulture, all for intended profit. Agricultural
includes woodland, wasteland, and pasture land, but only if the land
is held and operated in conjunction with agricultural real
estate as defined land
the same ownership.
In addition, to be classified as agricultural land for tax purposes, the land shall meet one of the following criteria:
(1) In three of the previous five
at least two thousand five hundred dollars is
derived from the pursuit of agriculture from the land
that is at least ten percent of the taxable valuation of the bare
land assessed as agricultural property, excluding any improvements.
If there is a crop share arrangement or cash rent agreement, the
gross income from the land of both the landlord and tenant shall be
combined and used to meet this requirement. Alternatively, at least
two thousand five hundred dollars of the owner's gross income is
annually derived from the pursuit of agriculture,
excluding transactions between:
(a) An individual and anyone with whom the individual shares a residence;
(b) An individual and an entity in which the individual and anyone who shares a residence with the individual have an aggregate ownership interest of more than fifty percent; and
(c) Entities that are members of the same controlled group, as defined in § 10-45-20.3.
The owner shall produce to the director of equalization any writing that is requested by the director for the purpose of verifying that the requirement of this subdivision has been satisfied; or
to the board of county commissioners increasing the minimum acre
requirements, the land
not less than
at least twenty
unplatted land or
is a part of a management unit of not less than eighty acres
of unplatted land. The same acreage specifications apply to platted
land, excluding land platted as a subdivision, which is in an
unincorporated area. However, the board of county commissioners may
increase the minimum acre requirement up to one hundred sixty acres.
The board of county commissioners may not increase the minimum acre
requirements of this subdivision to an amount greater than one
hundred sixty acres.
For the purposes of this section, the term, management unit, means any two or more parcels of land, whether adjoining or not, under common ownership located within this state and managed and operated as a unit for one or more of the principal uses listed in this section. No parcel of land within a management unit may be more than twenty air miles from the nearest other parcel within the management unit. If requested by the director of equalization, the owner shall provide supporting documentation of the land contained in the management unit.
Section 2. That a NEW SECTION be added:
10-6-31.10. Land prevented from classification as agricultural--Criteria.
For tax purposes, land may not be classified as agricultural land and any agricultural land classification shall be removed if the land meets at least two of the following criteria:
(1) A public utility hookup for water, sewer, and electricity has been stubbed to the land;
(2) The land is given a zoning classification other than agricultural;
(3) The land is less than ten acres and does not adjoin any other land under common ownership; or
(4) The land is platted as a subdivision with three or more lots.
For purposes of this section, the term, subdivision, means the division of any tract or parcel of land into two or more lots, sites, or other division for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or building development and includes re-subdivision. The term does not apply to the conveyance of a portion of any previously platted tract, parcel, lot, or site if the conveyance does not cause the tract, parcel, lot, or site from which the portion is severed to be in violation of any existing zoning ordinance or subdivision regulation applying to the tract, parcel, lot, or site.
Catchlines are not law. (§ 2-16-13.1) Underscores indicate new language.
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