§ 137b.72. Direct commercial sales of agriculturally related products and activities; rural enterprises incidental to the operational unit.

 (a)  General. An owner of enrolled land may apply up to 2 acres of enrolled land toward direct commercial sales of agriculturally related products and activities, or toward a rural enterprise incidental to the operational unit, without subjecting the entirety of the enrolled land to roll-back taxes and interest, if both of the following apply to the commercial activity or rural enterprise:

   (1)  The commercial activity or rural enterprise does not permanently impede or otherwise interfere with the production of an agricultural commodity on the remainder of the enrolled land.

   (2)  The commercial activity or rural enterprise is owned and operated by the landowner or persons who are Class A beneficiaries of the landowner for inheritance tax purposes, or by a legal entity owned or controlled by the landowner or persons who are Class A beneficiaries of the landowner for inheritance tax purposes.

 (b)  Roll-back taxes and status of preferential assessment.

   (1)  If a tract of 2 acres or less of enrolled land is used for direct commercial sales of agriculturally related products and activities, or toward a rural enterprise incidental to the operational unit, and paragraph (2) is not applicable, the 2 acre or less tract shall be subject to roll-back taxes and interest, and preferential assessment of that 2 acre or less tract shall end. The remainder of the enrolled land shall continue under preferential assessment as long as that remainder continues to meet the requirements for eligibility in section 3 of the act (72 P. S. §  5490.3).

   (2)  If a tract of 1/2 acre or less of enrolled land is used for direct commercial sales of agriculturally related products, roll-back taxes or interest are not due and breach of preferential assessment will not be deemed to have occurred on that tract if:

     (i)   At least 50% of the agriculturally related products are produced on the enrolled land.

     (ii)   The direct commercial sales of agriculturally related products do not require new utilities or buildings.

   (3)  Enrolled land that is used for ingress, egress and parking with respect to the direct commercial sales and agriculturally related activities described in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be counted toward the acreage totals referenced in those paragraphs.

 (c)  Inventory by county assessor to determine ownership of goods. A county assessor may inventory the goods sold at the business to ensure that they are owned by the landowner or persons who are Class A beneficiaries of the landowner for inheritance tax purposes, or by a legal entity owned or controlled by the landowner or persons who are Class A beneficiaries of the landowner for inheritance tax purposes, and that the goods meet the requirements of this section.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  137b.72 amended under section 11 of the Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974 (72 P. S. §  5490.11).

Source

   The provisions of this §  137b.72 amended June 26, 2015, effective June 27, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 3311. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (276930) to (276931).

Cross References

   This section cited in 7 Pa. Code §  137b.52 (relating to duration of preferential assessment).



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