FORESTRY, FOREST PRODUCTS AND STUMPAGE DISTRICTS
IDAHO FOREST PRODUCTS COMMISSION
38-1515. Imposition of assessments and provision for late fees. (1) From and after the first day of July, 1995, the commission is hereby authorized to levy the following assessments:
(a) For all forest products manufacturers, an amount no greater than fifty cents (50¢) per thousand board feet or the equivalent thereof for all logs either harvested in Idaho or measured or processed by a manufacturing entity located in the state of Idaho, regardless of the state in which the logs might have been cut. For purposes of this chapter, "forest products manufacturers" shall include those business entities which buy timber in Idaho and then sell it to other persons outside the state for manufacture into finished products. Such business entities shall be liable for the assessments described in this paragraph for all timber cut within Idaho and then distributed to other persons outside the state.
(b) For all business entities engaged in the harvest or transport of timber, logs, unfinished lumber, chips, sawdust, shavings or hog fuel in Idaho, a sum no greater than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per employee, including single, self-employers and the individuals involved in partnerships, as measured by the records of the department of labor during the month of July of the preceding year, or as provided in subsection (2) of this section, provided, however, those business entities engaged solely in the harvest or transport of those exclusions to forest products manufacturers as set forth in subsection (7)(a), (b), (c) and (d) of section 38-1502, Idaho Code, shall owe no duty or assessment under this chapter, nor shall any assessment be levied upon forest products transported by railroad.
(c) For business entities or persons owning more than ten thousand (10,000) acres of private forest land within the state of Idaho, a sum no greater than ten cents (10¢) per each acre of forest land.
(d) No firm or business entity shall be liable for assessments under this chapter in more than one (1) of the categories described in this section. In the event that a person, firm or business entity qualifies to pay more than one (1) assessment as described herein, then the greater of the assessments shall be assessed, due and payable.
(2) In collecting assessments due the commission, the commission is authorized to cooperate with and coordinate its actions to collect assessments with the various efforts of the Idaho board of scaling practices, the state tax commission, the department of labor, the transportation department and the department of lands to either collect assessments or taxes due under the provisions of this chapter or to identify those who may owe assessments under the provisions of this chapter.
(3) Any person or firm who makes payment to the commission at a date later than that prescribed in rules set forth by the commission under this section may be subject to a late payment penalty as set forth by the commission by rule. Such penalty shall not exceed fifteen percent (15%) per annum on the amount due. In addition to the above penalty, the commission shall be entitled to recover all costs, fees, and reasonable attorney’s fees incurred in the collection of the tax and penalty provided for in this section.
(4) An assessment levied under this chapter shall be based upon data compiled from the base year. Assessments shall be paid to the commission according to such rules as may be adopted by the commission.
[38-1515, added 1992, ch. 163, sec. 1, p. 522; am. 1995, ch. 255, sec. 3, p. 836; am. 1997, ch. 260, sec. 2, p. 743; am. 2003, ch. 101, sec. 2, p. 320; am. 2014, ch. 102, sec. 3, p. 302.]