December 7, 2010
ABA Hosts Webcast Today on Conservation Easement DonationsThe ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section offers a teleconference and webcast today on Pleasing Mother Earth and the IRS: Conservation Easement Donations in the New Age of IRS Oversight Lessons from Recent Court Developments and Practical Drafting Advice from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST:
The IRS has been aggressively auditing taxpayers who have donated conservation easements and claimed federal tax benefits, with a reported 1,459 landowners having been audited during 2005 to 2009. In addition, since 2006, the Tax Court, District Courts, and Circuit Courts have collectively issued fifteen court decisions addressing various issues relating to compliance with the federal tax law requirements applicable to conservation easement donations.
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