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New England Forestry Foundation v. Appellate Tax Board: Charitable Land Trusts' Real Estate Tax Exemption at Stake

Monday, November 25, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

 

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The Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear arguments in the case of New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. ("NEFF") v. Board of Assessors of Hawley . The issue before the Court is whether certain forest land owned by NEFF, a land conservation group, qualifies for the charitable tax exemption under G. L. c. 59, s. 5, cl. 3.  The Appellate Tax Board decided that while NEFF's purposes and activities might have constituted traditional charitable activities, the property was not sufficiently open to and accessible by the public to qualify for the tax benefit. The Court's decision could have enormous impact on the financial health of the many land trusts in Massachusetts. Join the Real Estate Legislation and Public Policy committee for a discussion on this case and it's implications.

 

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Contact:

Jennifer Jones
jjones@bostonbar.org

 

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