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In 2004, the Internal Revenue Service began a serious reassessment of how it policed the nonprofit sector and how it handled charitable donations of property -- including conservation easements. That effort continues today and is resulting in increased audits of conservation easement donations and of land trusts. The Land Trust Alliance is working to educate the IRS about the land trust community and helping land trusts, donors and their attorneys challenge audits of legitimate conservation projects.

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February 12: The House successfully voted 279-137, demonstrating a supermajority (67%) of support, on H.R. 644, a package of charitable incentives including the conservation tax incentive.Now we need your help in the Senate to secure co-sponsors! Sens. Heller and Stabenow have requested land trusts’ assistance in asking senators to cosponsor S. 330, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act. Learn more »

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