California Issues Guidance on Lumber Assessment

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

An image of lumber.

The California Board of Equalization recently published guidance on the state assessment (or tax) on lumber products.

California taxes purchases of lumber products and engineered wood products for use in California. The tax rate is 1% of the selling price of the products. The new publication provides instructions for retailers on how to collect and report this tax, including which products are subject to tax and which are not.

Generally, the products subject to tax are building products that are used in construction and that are comprised of at least 10% wood. They include all dimensions and grades of lumber, roofing, siding, lath, plywood, particle board, fiberboard, oriented strand board, laminated veneer lumber, veneer-based sheeting material, and inorganic bonded and wood thermoplastic composites such as plastic lumber and decking. This tax does not, however, apply to products where labor has added significant value to the products, such as furniture, doors, windows, or decorative products. The publication provides lists of specific products that are subject or not subject to tax.

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