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Enhanced Tax Incentive for Easement Donations

The enhanced federal tax deduction for conservation easement donations was recently extended, but expired at the end of 2013! Now more than ever, we need your help persuading Congress to make this powerful conservation tool permanent.


Estate Tax Incentives for Conservation

Estate taxes can lead to the break-up, sale and development of family-owned farm, ranch and forest lands, even when landowners would prefer to keep these lands intact. Congress will almost certainly enact estate tax reform this year, and we have a unique opportunity to improve incentives for conservation.

 

Other Incentive Proposals

Beyond the Enhanced Tax Incentive and the Estate Tax, there are several other federal tax provisions that support land conservation in ways large and small.

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Advocates Alerts

July 17: The House just voted 277-130 to pass the charities package! 56 Democrats joined their Republican colleagues to support charitable giving incentives, including the enhanced easement incentive - the second-highest number of defections after the research and development tax credit. Several others spoke on the floor in support of the conservation easement incentive, and other favorable charitable incentives. Thank you to organizations like Ducks Unlimited, CSF and others that reached out to Congressional offices over the last few days or alerted their membership of this important vote. Now, we pivot to the Senate.
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Congress wrestles with tax breaks for open space

July 29, 2014 | Poughkeepsie Journal | NY

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House passes Gerlach conservation tax break bill, now up to Senate

July 18, 2014 | The Mercury News | Pottstown, PA

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The Time is Now for Congress to Act on Conservation

July 15, 2014 | Politico | Washington, D.C.

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