Can You Grow Your Money Tax-Free On Trees?
Money that grows with trees
What is driving demand?
There are significant opportunities for investors to make money in forestry due to rising timber and land values.
The Forestry Index at the Investment Property Databank shows returns in forestry of nearly 11 percent in 2015 due to rising timber and land values. Over three years returns were 15 percent a year, over five years they were 19 per cent a year and over ten years they hit 18 percent a year. Ten years ago woodland cost £250 an acre, in 2916 the cost is closer to £1,000.
What about the tax benefits?
Both the land and the trees that you own qualify for business property relief. This means that after you have owned the land and trees for more than two years they are free of inheritance tax. If you die in the first two years of ownership then inheritance tax will have to be paid, but it is interest-free and payable over ten years.
Capital gains tax is payable on the land, but not on the value of the tree crop. There is also no income tax on timber harvesting. Income made from hiring out your land for activities is taxable. Investors can almost certainly grow their money tax-free on trees.