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Joel N. Crouch, Managing Partner, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P. to Speak at TKG's Conservation Easements Event

Joel N. Crouch, Managing Partner, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P. to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Structuring and Defending Conservation Easements under IRC Section 170(h).

New York, NY, March 01, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Joel N. Crouch, Managing Partner, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P. will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Structuring and Defending Conservation Easements under IRC Section 170(h).” This event is scheduled for June 6, 2016 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (ET).

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About Joel N. Crouch

Mr. Crouch is Managing Partner of Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P. He represents a broad range of clients, including individual taxpayers, closely-held business enterprises, estates, corporations and tax advisors in all stages of federal civil and criminal tax proceedings. In almost 30 years of practice, he has helped his clients resolve hundreds of civil and criminal tax matters, many of which involved sophisticated and complex legal and tax issues, both domestic and international. Mr. Crouch is board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized as one of the best in his field by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazines by being named a Texas Super Lawyer from 2003 through 2015. He has also been named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine for the year 2012-2015 and he has also been named to Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law in 2015. In October 2013, he was recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense Law by ALM as published in The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal. He is a frequent speaker on both substantive and procedural tax issues for both legal and accounting professionals. Topics include Tax Shelter Defense, IRS Examinations, Appeals, Litigation and Collection Strategies, IRS Criminal Investigations, IRS Offshore Activities, IRS Focus on Tax Professionals, Employment Classification, IRS Penalties, and Litigating Partnership Tax Cases. Mr. Crouch has published various articles re: the IRS & tax procedures.

About Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P.

Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P. is a Dallas based law firm that has provided business, tax and regulatory solutions to individuals and corporate clients since 1983. Meadows Collier’s litigation practice focuses on defending clients in investigations, litigation and other civil, criminal and administrative controversies with governmental agencies, including disputed individual, partnership, corporate, and estate tax issues, and regulatory and enforcement agency investigations. The firm also practices in the areas of Real Estate, Corporate and Securities, and Commercial Litigation.

Event Synopsis:

Section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code allows an income tax deduction to landowners of real estate who self-impose restrictions on the use and development of their land in order to achieve specified conservation purposes. This is accomplished by granting a conservation easement, permanently binding on the land, to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization or government agency. The IRS has been more closely scrutinizing and, in some instances, challenging conservation easements in recent years. Various issues in the creation and valuation of conservation easements have been litigated and more cases are pending. Nevertheless, Congress recently showed its support for the charitable donation of conservation easements by permanently approving enhanced income tax benefits. Conservation easements remain an important tax and estate planning tool and an effective, environmentally and socially valuable act of charity with substantial community benefits. In this Knowledge Group LIVE webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals will help you understand the most critical issues affecting the implementation and defense of conservation easements, which will include:

- Section 170(h) qualification fundamentals
- Pitfalls that can lead to disqualification of the deduction
- Hazards in drafting reservations of rights
- Assuring a qualified appraisal
- Avoiding quid pro quo problems of disallowance
- Selecting and developing good appraisal evidence
- Defending and trying conservation easement cases in audits and the U.S. Tax Court

The live webcast will provide tax and related professionals with a comprehensive overview of meeting the IRC Section 170(h) requirements along with the detailed regulatory rules. Attending this course will give you the tools you need to understand how to strengthen client’s conservation easements and minimize the risk of a negative result in the event of an IRS challenge.

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