How Can Giving an Easement Reduce Taxes?

To qualify for federal and state tax benefits, a conservation easement must be donated in perpetuity to a qualified conservation organization “exclusively for conservation purposes,” and satisfy the “conservation purposes test” described above.  The value of a qualifying conservation easement can be deducted from federal income and used as a credit against Colorado income tax. The easement can also result in an estate tax reduction and estate tax exclusion. Conservation easements can reduce property taxes as well.

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