March 21, 2019

SB 13-281: Expediting the Resolution of Disputes Related to Tax Credits for Donation of a Perpetual Conservation Easement

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Sen. Larry Crowder introduced SB 13-281 – Concerning the Expeditious Resolution of Disputed Claims for State Income Tax Credits Allowed for the Donation of a Perpetual Conservation Easement. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Taxpayers may claim a state income tax credit for a portion of the value of a perpetual conservation easement that the taxpayer donates. If the executive director of the department of revenue disputes the claim of the credit, current law sets forth procedures for resolving the claim administratively or through an appeal process in the courts. In the past, a significant number of claims have been disputed and are in the process of being resolved.

The bill requires all disputes for tax credits claimed prior to July 1, 2008, to be resolved by July 1, 2014, and prohibits the state from using any funds, resources, or personnel to continue to litigate these disputed claims after that date.

The bill was introduced on April 18 and assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. The bill is scheduled for committee review on May 1 at 1:30 p.m.

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