Conservation Easement Tax Consultation

Conservation easements are agreements between landowners and a land trust or a government agency that permanently limits the use of the property and protects its conservation value for generations. Landowners who grant conservation easements may also qualify for tax benefits. Myers Law Group consults and advises landowners through the conservation easement process. Our experienced team is well-versed in environmental, zoning, and real estate tax law and can offer valuable guidance to help you find the best solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of conservation easements?

Conservation easements are excellent tools for landowners to ensure their private property is protected for future generations. Conservation easements are flexible, making it an option for a variety of types of properties.

What are the tax benefits of conservation easements?

Conservation easements bring a number of federal, state, and property tax benefits. The extent of the tax deduction depends on a number of factors including the type of conservation easement and the conservation easement’s value. It is also a useful tool in estate planning by reducing the value of the property and diminishing the taxes incurred when passed to your heirs.

What kind of easements qualify for tax benefits?

Conservation easements can be used to protect farms, ranches, scenic areas, wetlands, forests, and other habitats along waterways. To qualify for tax benefits, conservation easements must be permanent and held by a land trust.

Who ensures the protection of the conservation easement?

Conservation easements are granted to the care of a land trust to protect the property from development or other uses that contradict the landowner’s conservation wishes. The land trust is responsible for monitoring the property and ensuring the easement is not violated.