§ 137b.74. Option to accept or forgive roll-back taxes in certain instances.

 (a)  Option to accept or forgive principal on roll-back taxes. The taxing body of the taxing district within which a tract of enrolled land is located may accept or forgive roll-back taxes that are otherwise due and payable if the use of some portion of the land is changed for the purpose of granting or donating some portion of the land to one of the following:

   (1)  A school district.

   (2)  A municipality.

   (3)  A county.

   (4)  A volunteer fire company.

   (5)  A volunteer ambulance service.

   (6)  A nonprofit corporation that qualifies as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C.A. §  501(c)(3)), if prior to accepting ownership of the land, the corporation enters into an agreement with the municipality wherein the subject land is located guaranteeing that the land will be used exclusively for recreational purposes, all of which shall be available to the general public free of charge. If the corporation changes the use of all or a portion of the land or charges admission or any other fee for the use or enjoyment of the facilities, the corporation shall immediately become liable for all roll-back taxes and accrued interest previously forgiven.

   (7)  A religious organization, if the religious organization uses the land only for construction or regular use as a church, synagogue or other place of worship, including meeting facilities, parking facilities, housing facilities and other facilities which further the religious purposes of the organization.

 (b)  No option to forgive interest on roll-back taxes. The taxing body of the taxing district within which a tract of enrolled land is located may not forgive interest due on roll-back taxes with respect to that portion of the enrolled land that is granted or donated to any one of the entities or for any of the uses described in subsection (a)(1)—(7). That interest shall be distributed in accordance with section 8(b.1) of the act (72 P. S. §  5490.8(b.1)).


   The provisions of this §  137b.74 amended under section 11 of the Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974 (72 P. S. §  5490.11).


   The provisions of this §  137b.74 amended June 26, 2015, effective June 27, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 3311. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (276932).

Cross References

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

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