Tax Court Denies $7.9M in Conservation Deductions For NC Golf Course

On December 9, 2015, the U.S. Tax Court denied $7.9 million in conservation deductions for a North Carolina golf course — finding that members of the course’s residential community could not recover deductions for setting aside land for the golf course as it did not meet any conservation purpose as defined by the government. In 2003 and 2005, members of St. James Plantation — a gated residential community near Myrtle Beach, North Carolina — granted easements on land in their neighborhood for the benefit of…
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