The assessor can request additional documentation for further analysis of parcels; failure of the taxpayer to supply information requested may disqualify the property for “agricultural land" classification. Additional documentation that may prove helpful in establishing a claim for "agricultural land" classification includes:
- IRS Form Schedule F , Profit and Loss Statement (or equivalent)
- Receipts for services rendered and items purchased relevant to the agricultural operation
- Brand inspection certificates
- Sales invoices of agricultural products or livestock sold
- Grazing Plan
- Business Plan (for new operations)
Providing documentation that shows the grazing animals satisfy the majority of the below criteria provides documentation for qualifying the land as a ranch.
- The animals can be bought and sold, e.g. a brand inspection certificate or a bill of sale is provided when transferring ownership of the animal.
- Veterinary and other services are provided for the health of the animals.
- The animals are confined to the property and shelter may be provided.
- The animals are identifiable by brands, tags, or tattoos and graze on the land.
Physical inspections may be conducted to substantiate the use as agricultural. The following are examples of things that may be considered:
- Grazing livestock or recent evidence of grazing activity
- Preparation/planting/harvesting/selling crops
- Topography and physical geology of the land
- Farm/ranch outbuildings
- Agricultural machinery and equipment
- Fence, livestock water, irrigation ditches and canals
- Evidence of soil conservation practices