Conservation Easements (Individual)
Land owners can receive a charitable contribution tax deduction by entering into a voluntary, legal agreement that permanently limits uses of the land.
Commonly referred to as syndicated conservation easement, conservation restriction, conservation agreement, land conservation easement and conservation easement deduction.
Do I Qualify for the Conservation Easements (Individual)?
If you own land, you can enter into a voluntary conservation easement agreement to permanently limit the uses of the land and receive a charitable contribution tax deduction.
2022 Conservation Easements (Individual) Details
To encourage preservation of natural land, Congress added a charitable deduction for individuals who choose to enter into a legally binding, permanent agreement to restrict the use and development of their land.
What is a Conservation Easement?
A conservation easement is a voluntary, legal agreement that limits use of the property owner’s land in order to protect its conservation values. Also known as a conservation restriction or conservation agreement, a conservation easement is one way to protect a property for future generations. In general, the agreement dictates that the land cannot be developed and is typically permanent, though in some cases it may be for a term of years.
What are the tax benefits of a Conservation Easement?
By designating the land or a section of the land into the conservation agreement, the property owner can take a charitable deduction for the value of the land, creating a valuable tax benefit. COVID relief acts increased the charitable contribution limits to 50% of income (note, it was temporarily increased during 2020 and 2021). For farmers, the limitation is always 100% of AGI.
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• Reduces taxable income.
• Provides a perpetual buffer around the property.
• Third-party financial advisor will need to be involved in the transaction.
• Potentially high risk of being audited.
• Appraisal will be required.
Assumptions When Taking the Conservation Easements (Individual)
• None noted.
• None noted.
Requirements to Claim the Conservation Easements (Individual)
• Appraisal of the property is required.
Business Entities That Can Claim the Conservation Easements (Individual)
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