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Many factors determine the type and amount of tax benefits you can qualify for, including your income, the value of your donation, and how long you have owned the land. Greenbelt recommends that all landowners consult with an experienced attorney and qualified tax advisor before conserving your land.
Under IRS regulations, the full fair market value of donated land or a conservation restriction is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution on your federal income taxes. Conservation Restriction donors can deduct up to 50% of their Adjusted Gross Income per year (100% if they are qualifying ranchers and farmers) and have a total of 16 years to use up the entire deduction. Donors of land can qualify for an up to 30% deduction of their AGI and have a total of 6 years to use up the deduction. A gift may also help reduce capital gains taxes.
Massachusetts offers a refundable state income tax credit of up to 50% of the fair market value of donated property, up to $75,000 – even if you live out of state or don’t have to pay state income tax. If your state income tax liability is less than $75,000, the credit is paid out to you in cash. Please contact us for more information and to see if your land qualifies for the tax credit.
Any property transferred from your estate (at or before the time of death) to Greenbelt exempts the value of that property from state and federal estate taxes. In addition, a CR granted within a certain time frame by your heirs can also reduce estate taxes. By reducing your estate’s value, estate taxes will be lower, potentially enabling other property to remain in the family instead of being sold to pay estate taxes.
If your conservation restriction substantially reduces the development potential of your property, your local assessor should revalue your property to take the restriction into account, thus lowering your property’s assessment.
Your charitable donation or sale may help you offset capital gains taxes.
Director of Land Conservation
(978) 768-7241 ext. 18
Assistant Director of Land
(978) 768-7241 ext. 16
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex,
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