Halperin talks about tax-policy concerns relating to the charitable deduction for conservation easement donations. The conflict of interest between charity and other owners raises a concern that the charitable deduction would not reflect the ultimate charitable benefit. The deduction for conservation easements is the principal exception to this rule despite the significant potential for abuse and the distinct possibility that the public benefit may be less than anticipated.
Incentives for Conservation Easements: The Charitable Deduction or a Better Way ,
74 Law and Contemporary Problems
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