Posts from August 2012.

The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Kaufman v. Shulman, Docket No. 11-2017P-01A (1st Cir., July 19, 2012), reversed a Tax Court decision siding with the IRS which had disallowed a couple's conservation easement deduction.  The Tax Court had disallowed the deduction because a provision in a subordination agreement with the couple's lender violated the Treasury Regulations' "extinguishment provision".  The Court of Appeals reversed the Tax Court, finding that the Tax Court and IRS interpretation of this regulation was unreasonably restrictive and inconsistent with ...

Landowners may be allowed a federal income tax deduction for the contribution of a conservation easement restricting donated property. A qualified conservation contribution is a donation of a qualified real property interest to a qualified organization which is exclusively used for conservation purposes. The conservation easement must also be protected and the restrictions on the use of the property must be granted in perpetuity. The contribution must be made to governmental units, churches, schools, hospitals, or Section 501(c)(3) public charities and supporting ...

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