Texas Register Preamble
The Comptroller of Public Accounts proposes amendments to §9.4001, concerning valuation of open-space and agricultural lands. These amendments are to reflect updates and revisions to the manual for the appraisal of agricultural land. The proposed updated manual may be viewed at https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/rules/index.php.
The amendments update and revise the October 2020 manual for the appraisal of agricultural land. The manual sets forth the methods to apply and the procedures to use in qualifying and appraising land used for agricultural and open-space land under Tax Code, Chapter 23, Subchapters C and D.
Generally, the substantive changes to the manual reflect statutory changes. The manual is updated throughout to reflect the elimination of the annual interest rate component from the calculation of the rollback tax in response to House Bill 3833, 87th Legislature, R.S. (2021). In addition, the updated manual adds interest to the rollback tax if it becomes delinquent. The updated manual excludes chicken coops or rabbit pens used for the noncommercial production of food for personal consumption as real property and therefore are no longer eligible for taxation pursuant to House Bill 2535, 87th Legislature, R.S. (2021). The manual is also updated throughout to reflect the changes to the application process and the added deadlines to implement Senate Bill 63, 87th Legislature, R.S. (2021).
The proposed manual implements Senate Bill 725, 87th Legislature, R.S. (2021) by adding the specific circumstances for which special appraisal does not end when the land ceases to be devoted principally to agricultural use to the degree of intensity generally accepted in the area. The years, values and figures were updated to be more recent.
Pursuant to Tax Code, §23.52(d), these rules have been approved by the Comptroller with the review and counsel of the Department of Agriculture.
Brad Reynolds, Chief Revenue Estimator, has determined that during the first five years that the proposed amended rule is in effect, the rule: will not create or eliminate a government program; will not require the creation or elimination of employee positions; will not require an increase or decrease in future legislative appropriations to the agency; will not require an increase or decrease in fees paid to the agency; will not increase or decrease the number of individuals subject to the rules' applicability; and will not positively or adversely affect this state's economy.
Mr. Reynolds also has determined that the proposed amended rule would have no significant fiscal impact on the state government, units of local government, or individuals. The proposed amended rule would benefit the public by conforming the rule to current statute and improving the clarity and implementation of the section. There would be no significant anticipated economic cost to the public. The proposed amended rule would have no fiscal impact on small businesses or rural communities.
You may submit comments on the proposal to Shannon Murphy, Director, Property Tax Assistance Division, P.O. Box 13528 Austin, Texas 78711 or to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The comptroller must receive your comments no later than 30 days from the date of publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.
These amendments are proposed under Tax Code, §§5.05 (Appraisal Manuals and Other Materials); 23.41 (Appraisal); and 23.52 (Appraisal of Qualified Agricultural Land), which authorize the comptroller to prepare and issue publications relating to the appraisal of property and to promulgate rules specifying the methods to apply and the procedures to use in appraising qualified agricultural and open-space land for ad valorem tax purposes.
These amendments implement Tax Code, Chapter 23, Subchapters C and D.
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