§ 137b.82. Split-off tract.

 (a)  Criteria. When a split-off tract meets the following criteria, which are set forth in section 6(a.1)(1) of the act (72 P. S. §  5490.6(a.1)(1)), roll-back taxes and interest are only due with respect to the split-off tract and are not due with respect to the remainder:

   (1)  The tract split off does not exceed 2 acres annually, except that a maximum of the minimum residential lot size requirement annually may be split off if the property is situated in a local government unit which requires a minimum residential lot size of 2 acres to 3 acres.

   (2)  The tract is used for agricultural use, agricultural reserve or forest reserve or for the construction of a residential dwelling to be occupied by the person to whom the land is conveyed.

   (3)  The total tract split off does not exceed the lesser of 10 acres or 10% of the entire tract of enrolled land. In calculating the total tract split off, the total includes the acreage of the tract that was split-off from the enrolled tract since enrollment.

 Example: A landowner owns a 60-acre tract of land that is enrolled and receiving preferential assessment. The landowner splits-off 2 acres for one or more of the uses described in paragraph (2) and the split-off otherwise meets the requirements of this subsection. Roll-back taxes are due with respect to the 2-acre split-off tract, but not with respect to the remaining 58 acres. The owner of the 60-acre tract who split-off the 2-acre tract is responsible to pay these roll-back taxes.

 (b)  Responsibility of landowner. The criteria in subsection (a) shall be applied to the entire tract that was the subject of the application for preferential assessment. For this reason, a landowner should engage with the county assessor in advance of a planned split-off to determine the extent to which the criteria in subsection (a) apply, or whether the planned split-off would trigger liability for payment of roll-back taxes and interest with respect to the entire enrolled tract. In addition, §  137b.63 (relating to notice of change of application) requires a landowner to provide the county assessor at least 30 days’ advance written notice of a planned split-off.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  137b.82 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.82 amended June 26, 2015, effective June 27, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 3311. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (276935).



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