Enroll in New York's Forest Tax Law Program
480-a, the New York Forest Tax Law Program, is a voluntary property tax reduction program for those owning a 50-acre or larger woodlot. Get up to an 80% reduction in your taxes if you commit to 10 years of timber management.
Submit Application for WAC Funding
If you own a woodlot in the New York City Watershed, the Watershed Agricultural Council provides money to help you enroll in 480-a. The New York City Watershed includes portions of eight New York counties: Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.
Submit Materials to WAC for Payment
If you were previously approved for Watershed Agricultural Council cost-share funding, you can receive your payment once you've enrolled in 480-a. Send a copy of your 480-a certificate of approval, management plan, and work schedule to the Council, and your check will be mailed within 30 days.