Tax Incentive

While Conservancy volunteers are unable to give tax advice, we are happy to guide interested landowners to information that may be helpful in determining if a conservation easement would be a good fit.  The following is from the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) website:

For landowners, donating a conservation easement is a way to protect places they love. It’s also a major financial decision. When landowners donate a conservation easement, they give up part of the value of their property — often their family’s biggest asset. Tax incentives offset some of that loss in property value, making conservation a viable option for more landowners.

How to Use the Federal Conservation Tax Deduction

In 2015 Congress enacted one of the most powerful conservation measures in decades: the enhanced federal tax incentive for conservation easement donations.

The permanent conservation easement tax incentive is a powerful tool that helps Americans conserve their land voluntarily.

For land trusts across the country, the permanent incentive represents vastly increased opportunities to protect the special places in their widely varied communities.

If you own land with important natural, agricultural or historic resources, donating a conservation easement can be a prudent way to both save the land you love forever and to realize significant federal tax savings.

For more information, click on the link below.

     Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Brochure