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Will Your Rep and Senators Save the Easement Incentive?

Tax Update: September 11, 2013

Our top legislative priority this year is to prevent the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations from expiring on December 31! That’s scarcely 100 days to save an incentive that has increased the pace of conservation by a third nationwide.

Please ask your representative and both senators to co-sponsor new legislation in the 113th Congress to make the easement incentive permanent:

  • Urge Representatives to co-sponsor the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, H.R. 2807, introduced by Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), and 135 of their colleagues. Your Rep. can sign on by contacting Lori Prater in Rep. Gerlach's office at 5-4315 or Carla McNeill in Rep. Thompson's office at 5-3311.
  • Urge Senators to co-sponsor the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act, S. 526, introduced by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). They can sign on by contacting Tiffany Smith or Preston Rutledge of the Finance Committee at 4-4515.

We encourage you to call first (switchboard: 202-224-3121), speak with your legislators’ tax staffers, then ask for their email addresses to follow-up with additional materials and local anecdotes. Click here for fact sheets and talking points, including new House and Senate coalition letters signed by 64 agriculture, conservation and sporting organizations.

Check to see if your legislators are on the co-sponsor list for identical legislation the 112th Congress. If so, be sure to thank them when asking for their support this year, but past co-sponsors do need to sign-on again in the new Congress. We’ll keep the list of current co-sponsors updated here.

While you’re on the line, please consider inviting the staffer and/or their boss to come see your work in action the next time they are in the district, or ask to schedule a meeting in their district offices – that’s how real relationships get off the ground. See our toolkit.

Please do keep us apprised of how your calls are going and let me know if you need any additional information. Many thanks.

Russ Shay
Director of Public Policy | Land Trust Alliance
1660 L St NW, Suite 1100 | Washington, DC 20036
202-800-2230 | rshay@lta.org

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