Friday, December 18, 2015

Congress poised to make tax incentive permanent

December 16 2015

From the Land Trust Alliance - Congressional leaders have announced a broad, year-end deal that will make permanent the enhanced incentive for donations of conservation easements, which has been in place off and on since 2006, but never long enough or predictably enough to ensure that landowners were able to plan to use it. 

House leaders publicly unveiled the deal near midnight Eastern time Tuesday, starting a countdown clock that positions the chamber for a vote today, and for the bill to come to the Senate floor on Friday. Additionally, the deal includes a brief but welcome reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund - setting the stage for important legislative action next year.

Please pick up your phone and express your support for this land conservation issue. While the provision of our concern represents a small part of this major tax package, it is important that we show that the tax incentive is necessary to enable land trusts and landowners to do vital conservation work in their communities. Your representative must consider the entirety of the bill. Your local voice will add important weight to the decision.

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 to be connected to your representative's and/or senator's office. Alternatively, click here to locate contact information for your representative, or click here to locate contact information for your senator. Ask for the tax staffer, identify yourself, and tell him/her that the tax bill includes an important tax incentive for land conservation and your community, and request a "yes" vote for the package.

Once again, Equine Land Conservation Resource thanks you for your unwavering support.

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