Tax Policy

Working Forests Caucus Convenes on Capitol Hill

By: Jessica Hernandez

On Wednesday April 20th, Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas) and a bipartisan group of members of Congress launched the Working Forests Caucus.

The caucus, which is co-chaired by Rep. Westerman and charter members Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington), Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia), and Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) was created to promote the benefits of America’s working forests and support policies to promote this renewable resource.

2015 Resolutions

The following resolutions were approved on September 15, 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, California.

Resolution 2015-01—Tax Reform. This resolution adopts the policy statement, “Tax Policy and its Relationship to Managing and Protecting the Nation’s Forest Resource.”            

Policy Statement 2015-01—Tax Reform. This policy statement was adopted by resolution 2015-01.

New California lumber tax a puzzle to many

Since the first of the year, California retailers have been required to collect an extra 1 percent tax on sales of certain lumber products. The problem? It's not as clear cut as it sounds. Items like plywood, 2-by-4s and unfinished decking, fencing and railings are taxed, but according to the new law, products that have had a little more work done - such as indoor finished flooring, baseboards, doors and windows - are exempt.