November 15, 2016: Election reflections, easement amendment updates, and more


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COLT’s weekly land trust news

Tuesday November 15th, 2016

Hi everyone,

With apologies for sending this “Monday” news out a day late, please find below the latest news and more related to our collective work around voluntary and permanent conservation in Oregon.

Before this, however: one thing I neglected to include in last week’s news was a recent email sent out to land trusts by the Land Trust Alliance’s new Executive Vice President Wendy Jackson on some expected guidance from the IRS on tax shelters and easement amendments. You can read a version of the Alliance’s email here.

On a related topic, the Alliance has updated their book, Amending Conservation Easements, partly in light of the increased attention the IRS is giving to easement amendments. In advance of its official release in the coming weeks, the Alliance have a draft version available, which you can download here. In addition, the slides of the Alliance’s presentation at Rally this year, which includes more about this amendment book update, recent case law around amendments, and more about the IRS’s expected guidance on the subject can be read here as well.

Other than this to pass along, the latest news and more can be found below.

Hope this finds you well,

Mike Running
Communication and Outreach Manager

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