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As Income Tax Deadline Looms here's a way to Find Savings and Leave Legacy

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April 2nd, 2018

As people receive their T4 slips and other information for their income tax preparation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is giving suggestions on how people can reduce or eliminate their taxes. In doing so, they can also leave a legacy for their children and grand-children or in honor of loved ones.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a registered charity and issues tax receipts for donations of cash or stocks/securities and donations of ecologically significant lands.

NCC is bringing attention to incentives that can be accessed by contributing to conservation, through land, cash and stock donations. People and families with parcels of land that they wish to see protected, but are not sure of their options, are encouraged to contact NCC.

“Supporting the Nature Conservancy of Canada through land donations and monetary contributions is a great way for people and families to help protect important natural areas. In return, they may receive tax relief,” said John Lounds, president and chief executive officer, with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

For proposed gifts of land with nationally significant biodiversity values, NCC will issue a charitable tax receipt for the appraised value of the property.  The tax credits from the gift will reduce the amount of payable taxes for the year of the donation. If the credits amount is larger, it can be claimed  for the subsequent five years.

Lounds points out there is an additional financial incentive for donating ecologically sensitive lands. If the property meets the criteria of an ‘eco-gift’, the land donor will obtain an additional tax saving.

The Ecological Gifts Program offers the full elimination of the capital gains tax and an extension of the five-year carry-forward period for claiming the donation to 10 years.

An increasing number of conservation-minded Canadians are taking advantage of the Ecological Gifts Program each year. Since its inception in 1995, NCC has worked with private land owners on many gifts of land across Canada. Many of these donations involved a personal history, with families dedicating these sites in memory of parents and siblings.    

The Nature Conservancy of Canada recommends that people wishing to look into these types of charitable gifts and related tax incentives should consult with tax planning professionals. 

Learn more

To learn more about the Ecological Gifts Program, visit ec.gc.ca/pde-egp/ and for information on other types of gifts, please visit natureconservancy.ca/en/what-you-can-do.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast.

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