Conservation tax incentives renewed

As you may know, Mirr Ranch Group specializes in conservation properties and consulting. Our owner and one of our brokers, Ken Mirr, is a former public lands attorney, and is currently President of the Board for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT). Few in the ranch broker industry are more qualified to help you buy or sell your ranch when conservation values are involved.

To that end, we want to update you on the latest in conservation legislation. At the end of 2010, Congress passed H.R. 4853, which renews tax incentives for conservation easements. According to CCLT, once signed into law, this legislation will:

The incentive, which now applies to donations in 2010 and 2011:

  • Raises the income tax deduction a landowner can take for donating a conservation easement from 30% of their income in any year to 50%;
  • Allows farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of their income; and
  • Increases the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years.

This package also extends the S Corporation donation incentive and the IRA Charitable Rollover through 2011.

If you have any questions about these tax incentives, want help determining if a conservation easement is right for you, or simply need assistance in buying or selling ranch land with conservation values, please contact us.

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