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# We had our property logged this year and I claimed the income from the sale but how do I fill out the cost basis for logs?

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## We had our property logged this year and I claimed the income from the sale but how do I fill out the cost basis for logs?

There's not a lot of information out there on timber basis. Most of it is dedicated to people who are in the "timber business". In doing a little quick research, it appears you can take a little less than 50% of the basis of the land where the timber is located.

Quick example: Let's say you bought a house and 30 acres for \$600,000.

If house structure is worth \$300,000 that leaves \$300,000 for the land and any other structures.

If you have 10 acres of pasture, fencing, and barn, maybe that's worth another \$200,000.

That leaves you with 20 acres of logging land at \$100,000. If you use 60% for the land and 40% for the timber, that would be \$40,000 for the timber.

I found this timber basis calculator from the Timber Tax Institute. Look over the example and then you click "Determine your basis now".

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## We had our property logged this year and I claimed the income from the sale but how do I fill out the cost basis for logs?

There's not a lot of information out there on timber basis. Most of it is dedicated to people who are in the "timber business". In doing a little quick research, it appears you can take a little less than 50% of the basis of the land where the timber is located.

Quick example: Let's say you bought a house and 30 acres for \$600,000.

If house structure is worth \$300,000 that leaves \$300,000 for the land and any other structures.

If you have 10 acres of pasture, fencing, and barn, maybe that's worth another \$200,000.

That leaves you with 20 acres of logging land at \$100,000. If you use 60% for the land and 40% for the timber, that would be \$40,000 for the timber.

I found this timber basis calculator from the Timber Tax Institute. Look over the example and then you click "Determine your basis now".

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