Editorial

Idaho property owners are asked to shoulder the burden of taxes in this state. It was once pointed out to me that there were a lot of tax exemptions in this state. I went to a legal web site to look up all the exemptions in our state. It was shocking what I found. All exemptions are codified in Idaho Statutes 63-601 through 63-606A. There are 44 entities that enjoy an exemption from taxes.
Listed below are the tax exemptions. I published them because I didn’t think people would believe me.

2016 Idaho Statutes
Title 63 – REVENUE AND TAXATION
Chapter 6 – EXEMPTIONS FROM TAXATION

Section 63-601 – ALL PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION.
Section 63-602 – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION.
Section 63-602A – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.
Section 63-602B – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — RELIGIOUS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES, CORPORATIONS OR SOCIETIES.
Section 63-602C – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — FRATERNAL, BENEVOLENT, OR CHARITABLE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES, CORPORATIONS OR SOCIETIES.
Section 63-602D – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CERTAIN HOSPITALS.
Section 63-602E – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — PROPERTY USED FOR SCHOOL OR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.
Section 63-602F – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION.
Section 63-602G – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — HOMESTEAD.
Section 63-602H – VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN CERTAIN ZONED AREAS.
Section 63-602I – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — HOUSEHOLD GOODS, WEARING APPAREL AND OTHER PERSONAL EFFECTS IN CERTAIN CASES.
Section 63-602J – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — MOTOR VEHICLES AND VESSELS PROPERLY REGISTERED.
Section 63-602K – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — SPECULATIVE PORTION OF VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND.
Section 63-602L – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — INTANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY.
Section 63-602M – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CERTAIN SECURED DUES AND CREDITS.
Section 63-602N – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — IRRIGATION WATER AND STRUCTURES — CERTAIN PROPERTY OF IRRIGATION DISTRICTS OR CANAL COMPANIES.
Section 63-602O – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — PROPERTY USED FOR GENERATING AND DELIVERING ELECTRICAL POWER FOR IRRIGATION OR DRAINAGE PURPOSES AND PROPERTY USED FOR TRANSMITTING AND DELIVERING NATURAL GAS ENERGY FOR IRRIGATION OR DRAINAGE PURPOSES.
Section 63-602P – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — FACILITIES FOR WATER OR AIR POLLUTION CONTROL.
Section 63-602Q – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CERTAIN COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE LINES.
Section 63-602R – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — AGRICULTURAL CROPS.
Section 63-602S – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — FRUITS AND VEGETABLES HELD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, AND SEEDS, SHIPPED OUT OF THE STATE.
Section 63-602T – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — PERSONAL PROPERTY MANUFACTURED OR PROCESSED IN THIS STATE AND ACTUALLY SOLD AND SHIPPED OUT OF STATE.
Section 63-602U – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — PERSONAL PROPERTY SHIPPED INTO THE STATE AND STORED IN A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE WAREHOUSE STRUCTURE, AND DESIGNATED FOR SHIPMENT OUT OF THE STATE TO BE CONSIDERED IN TRANSIT.
Section 63-602V – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — PERSONAL PROPERTY SHIPPED INTO THE STATE AND STORED IN THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE.
Section 63-602W – BUSINESS INVENTORY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — BUSINESS INVENTORY THAT IS A COMPONENT OF REAL PROPERTY THAT IS A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING.
Section 63-602X – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CASUALTY LOSS.
Section 63-602Y – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — EFFECT OF CHANGE OF STATUS.
Section 63-602Z – EXEMPTION FROM OCCUPANCY TAX.
Section 63-602AA – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — EXCEPTIONAL SITUATIONS.
Section 63-602BB – PARTIAL EXEMPTION FOR REMEDIATED LAND.
Section 63-602CC – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — QUALIFIED EQUIPMENT UTILIZING POSTCONSUMER WASTE OR POSTINDUSTRIAL WASTE.
Section 63-602DD – MANUFACTURED HOMES USED UNDER A DEALER’S PLATE OR AS A SHEEP AND COW CAMP.
Section 63-602EE – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CERTAIN TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY.
Section 63-602GG – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — LOW-INCOME HOUSING OWNED BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
Section 63-602HH – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — SIGNIFICANT CAPITAL INVESTMENTS.
Section 63-602II – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — UNUSED INFRASTRUCTURE.
Section 63-602JJ – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CERTAIN PROPERTY OF PRODUCER OF ELECTRICITY BY MEANS OF WIND, SOLAR OR GEOTHERMAL ENERGY.
Section 63-602KK – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CERTAIN PERSONAL PROPERTY.
Section 63-602NN – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — CERTAIN BUSINESS PROPERTY.
Section 63-602OO – PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM TAXATION — OIL OR GAS RELATED WELLS.
Section 63-603 – ELECTRIC, OR GAS, PUBLIC UTILITIES PUMPING WATER FOR IRRIGATION OR DRAINAGE — REDUCTION OF ASSESSMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXEMPTION — CREDIT ON CUSTOMERS’ BILLS OR PAYMENT TO CONSUMERS.
Section 63-604 – LAND ACTIVELY DEVOTED TO AGRICULTURE DEFINED.
Section 63-605 – LAND USED TO PROTECT WILDLIFE AND WILDLIFE HABITAT.
Section 63-606A – SMALL EMPLOYER GROWTH INCENTIVE EXEMPTION.

When are we going to put a stop to this travesty?
David Estes – Editor

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FREE TRANSLATION

The Ten Cannots

1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3. You cannot help small men up by tearing big men down.
4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
5. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down.
6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money.
9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Written by: The Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian clergyman and pamphlet writer in 1916.

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