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Webinar: Clean Hands, Clean Planet: Avoiding Tax Shelters
by Tim Lindstrom
Year published:2017
Publisher:Land Trust Alliance
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Clean Hands, Clean Planet: Avoiding Tax Shelters

93 minutes
Recorded 4/4/2017
Instructors: Tim Lindstrom
Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Last year Congress made permanent the enhanced incentive for conservation easements, but this achievement is now under threat from tax shelter scenarios, many times coordinated by a small group of “promoters” and often with overinflated appraisals. While land trusts often would rather focus on the land than the paperwork, it’s important to take time to make sure we’re doing the right thing. These types of financially-motivated scenarios can be fraught with tax peril for participants, erode public confidence in land trusts, harm land trusts’ reputations individually and collectively and cause much time and expense. Land trusts and tax advisers need to be aware of tax shelters and their characteristics to discourage them and protect the integrity of voluntary land conservation. Join tax attorney Timothy Lindstrom and Katherine Eddins, executive director of the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, as they discuss how to spot a potential tax shelter and what to do if you are confronted with a project that just seems too good to be true.

Access to this recording will expire on June 30, 2018, and is subject to availability of the AdobeConnect service.

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