Office of the Secretary, USDA.
Notice of determination.
The Secretary of Agriculture has determined that cost-share payments made to individuals under the Forest Land Recovery Program (FLRP) are made primarily for the purpose of conserving soil and water resources, restoring the environment, restoring and improving forests, or restoring and providing a habitat for wildlife. This determination permits recipients to exclude certain payments under the FLRP from gross income for Federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Secretary's determination was signed on June 21, 2006.
Questions may be addressed to Karl R. Dalla Rosa, Cooperative Forestry Staff, Forest Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Mail Stop 1123, Washington, DC 20250-1123. A copy of the determination is available upon request.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Karl R. Dalla Rosa, Cooperative Forestry Staff, USDA Forest Service, 202-205-6206.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 126 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 126, as amended) provides that all or part of payments made to persons under certain cost-sharing programs in 26 U.S.C. (a)(1) through (10) may be excluded from the recipient's gross income for Federal income tax purposes under two conditions: (1) If the Secretary of Agriculture determines that the payments are made primarily for the purpose of conserving soil and water resources, protecting or restoring the environment, improving forests, or providing a habitat for wildlife (the criteria for making such a determination are set forth in 7 CFR part 14, Determining the Primary Purpose of Certain Payments for Federal Tax Purposes), and (2) If the payments are determined by the Secretary of the Treasury as not increasing substantially the annual income derived from the property.
To make such a determination, the Secretary of Agriculture evaluates a cost-share conservation program based on the criteria set out in 7 CFR part 14. Following a primary purpose determination by the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of the Treasury must determine that payments made under the cost-share conservation program do not substantially increase the annual income derived from the property benefited by the payments.
Therefore, having carefully examined the authorizing legislation for the Forest Land Recovery Program (FLRP) (Section 110 of the The Military Construction Appropriations and Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2005; Pub. L. 108-324) and the planned operating procedures, the Secretary of Agriculture has determined, according to the criteria set forth in 7 CFR part 14, that the cost-share payments for implementing approved practices under the FLRP are made primarily for the purpose of conserving soil and water resources, improving forests, protecting and restoring the environment, and providing a habitat for wildlife.
Subject to further determination by the Secretary of the Treasury that payments made under the FLRP do not substantially increase the annual income derived from the property benefited by these payments, this determination by the Secretary of Agriculture permits payment recipients to exclude from gross income for Federal income tax purposes, all or part of the cost-share payments made under this program to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.Start Signature
Dated: June 21, 2006.
[FR Doc. E6-10420 Filed 7-3-06; 8:45 am]
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