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Conservation Easements: Easement Deed Fails To Satisfy Perpetuity Requirement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In Palmolive Building Investors, LLC v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 18, the Tax Court denied a charitable contribution deduction of a donated façade easement because the easement deed failed to satisfy the perpetuity...more

Oregon Targets Renewable Heating Companies for Increased Assessments

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Biomass heating companies, which use renewable energy sources like wood, crop waste, or garbage to generate heat, will now come under central assessment in Oregon. Under central assessment, all of a company's property,...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress returned after Labor Day for a busy September and acted quickly to avoid a government shutdown by passing stop gap funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and raising the debt ceiling. The already crowded congressional...more

South Carolina Conservation Easements for Farm and Forestry Property

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

There are 12.9 million acres of commercial forestland in South Carolina. More than half of the forestland is family-owned, and 82% of private owners live on the land. The state also has about 25,000 farms, which encompass 4.9...more

Maine's energy legislation carryovers from 2017

by PretiFlaherty on

When the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine State Legislature adjourned earlier this year, its committees reserved a list of bills for further debate in 2018. A list of these carryover bills published by the legislative...more

Courts Issue Victories To Conservation Easement Donors

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

August brought three wins for taxpayers who donated conservation easements that were challenged by the IRS. In all of the cases, terms of the conservation easement deed document carried the day....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Interior Department identifies 'a handful' of national monuments to shrink in its report to Trump - San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug 24 - The White House is getting ready to move on...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Republicans Challenge Wording of Medicaid Expansion Question on Fall Ballot - Question 2 on...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Denial of Charitable Tax Deduction For Conservation Easements

On August 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided the case of BC Ranch II, LP, et al., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, which involved charitable tax deductions based on the creation of conservation...more

New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

by Clark Hill PLC on

US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

Another Court Upholds a State Generation Program and Dismisses Challenges to Illinois’ Nuclear Subsidies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 14, 2017, and several weeks after the Second Circuit rejected challenges to Connecticut’s renewable energy procurement process and renewable energy credit program (see Allco Fin. Ltd. v. Robert J. Klee (Docket Nos....more

Texas Third Court of Appeals Overturns TCEQ Action and Confirms that Statutory Provisions Mean What They Say

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 11, 2017, the Third Court of Appeals at Austin (Texas) issued a decision in Freestone Power Generation, LLC et al. v. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Cause Nos. 03-16-00693-CV et al. (“Freestone Power”),...more

NBB Meets With Congress On Biodiesel Tax Incentive

On June 20, 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that nearly 100 biodiesel advocates from across the country visited Capitol Hill to urge Congress to bring back the biodiesel tax incentive as proposed in both...more

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court - BB&K Wins Major Victory for Local Agencies...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a major win affecting counties and local taxing entities throughout California, Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Roderick E. Walston and Steven G. Martin helped secure a federal court ruling that possessory interests held...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Today marks just one week until the June 30 budget deadline. Seven days. A mere 168 hours to finish hashing out an over $30 billion state spending plan to carry us through the next fiscal year. While we still...more

Is It a Dividend? Is It a Tax? Could President Trump Care Less?

In February, I posted about the formation of the Climate Leadership Council and its push for what it calls its “Carbon Dividend” plan. In essence, it’s a gradually increasing carbon tax. The plan would be revenue neutral,...more

Is the wind of change blowing for energy investors in Poland?

by DLA Piper on

The Polish Ministry of Energy (ME) has been working on a set of changes to the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other acts including the Wind Energy Investments Act. The wording of the proposed changes is to be...more

Maryland New Tax Credit for Energy Storage Systems

by Williams Mullen on

Maryland’s Governor Hogan has signed into law a state income tax credit for specific costs related to energy storage systems installed between January 1, 2018 and December 1, 2022. Systems eligible for the credit are systems...more

Transformational Brownfield Projects Eligible for Substantial Tax Incentives Under Recently Enacted Legislation

by Miller Canfield on

Brownfield redevelopment authorities and developers and owners of transformational brownfield redevelopment projects are eligible for substantial tax incentives under legislation signed by Governor Snyder on June 8,...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 12

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget - Freedom Caucus Proposed to Cancel August Recess: The House Freedom Caucus has called on Republican leadership to cancel the August recess to continue work on the budget, tax reform and other GOP priorities...more

Analysis of Energy and Tax Proposals in the 2018 Budget Proposal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Trump released his budget proposal for the 2018 FY on May 23, 2017, expanding on the budget blueprint he released in March. The budget proposal and blueprint reiterate the President’s tax reform proposals to lower...more

Conservation Easement Opportunities: Protecting Natural Resources While Receiving Tax Savings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good." They help conserve fish and wildlife, clean water, natural habitats, historic properties, farmland, and timberland. They also provide other public...more

Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program. Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality...more

Energy Update - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please see...more

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