Land, sweet land – Preserve it (and reap tax benefits) with a conservation easement
Abstract: Those who have the opportunity to buy or inherit a pristine piece of land sometimes want future generations to have the opportunity to enjoy it. They can accomplish this through a conservation easement, which is an agreement to permanently restrict some or all of the development rights associated with the land. One grants the easement to a qualified conservation organization and records it so it’s binding on future owners. Not only does a conservation easement preserve the land, but it offers the donor important income and estate tax savings.