Ga. Taking Applications for New Agriculture Tax Exemption

The state’s Department of Agriculture is now taking applications for the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption.

The Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, or GATE, is a new program created by Georgia House Bill 386, which offers qualified agriculture producers a sales tax exemption on agricultural equipment and production inputs.

House Bill 386 specifically broadens the sales tax exemptions for agricultural inputs by including equipment parts, energy used in production of an agricultural product and other inputs which were previously not exempt. The bill also includes a phased-in, broad-based sales tax exemption on all energy used in manufacturing.

State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black called this an important piece of legislation, stating that the bill updates and modernizes tax codes and allows Georgia’s agribusiness community to become more competitive with surrounding states.

This program will replace the Agricultural Certificate of Exemption form effective January 1.

Applications are available online at beginning November 15.

There is a $20 fee for online applicants and a $25 fee for all applications mailed in.

Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said he encourages farmers to apply for the GATE certificate immediately so they can receive the tax exemptions when they go into effect the first of the year.