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Taxes, Charities, Conservation Land, Biodiversity, and Climate Change Unite in New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley

Monday, June 23, 2014 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

 

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This program will discuss the Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision in New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley, a case with implications for thousands of acres of conservation land and municipal tax revenue. 

In its decision, the SJC reversed the opinion of the board of assessors and held that a nonprofit corporation was entitled to receive the benefit of the charitable tax exemption for an 120-acre of forest land located in Hawley.  In reaching that holding, the Court elucidated the circumstances in which land held for conservation purposes may qualify for the charitable tax exemption and espoused the interrelatedness of land conservation and environmental protection.

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Contact:

Elizabeth Vincensi
evincensi@bostonbar.org

 

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