Tax Court: Historical Easement Denied, Cash Contributions Allowed

The Tax Court, in a memorandum opinion by Judge Goeke, found that the donation of a facade easement of a Tribeca condo building for historical preservation purposes did not meet the requirements of IRC Section 170(h) as a qualifying charitable contribution. The court found that the petitioners failed to establish a value in the easement sufficient to support the claimed deduction.

The court did allow cash contributions made by some condo owners to the National Architectural Trust, the beneficiary of the easement, as deductible charitable contributions. The court also declined to assess accuracy-related penalties against the condo owners, finding that they established reasonable cause for their positions under IRC Section 6664(c).

Read the entire opinion here:
Dunlap v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-126.

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