Stephen J. Small is recognized as the nation's leading authority on private land protection options and strategies. Mr. Small is a tax attorney at his own firm, the Law Office of Stephen J. Small, Esq., P.C., in Newton, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Federal Tax Law of Conservation Easements (Land Trust Alliance, 1985); Preserving Family Lands: Book I (special updated fourth edition, Landowner Planning Center, 2009); Preserving Family Lands: Book II -- More Planning Strategies for the Future (Landowner Planning Center, 1997); Preserving Family Lands: Book III -- New Tax Rules and Strategies and a Checklist (Landowner Planning Center, 2002); and The Business of Open Space: What's Next?? (Landowner Planning Center, 2013). More than 150,000 copies of the Preserving Family Lands books have been sold. Before going into private practice, Mr. Small was an attorney-advisor in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., where he wrote the federal income tax regulations on conservation easements. Mr. Small has worked on matters that have resulted in the protection of more than 1.5 million acres around the country. He advises private landowners on private land protection options and federal income and estate tax planning to help preserve valued family land, including planning for the next generation of ownership. He has worked with landowners around the country to preserve a wide range of property, from small family parcels, timberland, and dairy farms to western and southwestern ranches, southern plantations, Atlantic coast barrier islands, farmland, and wildlife habitat. Mr. Small has given more than 400 speeches, seminars, and workshops around the country on tax planning for landowners, succession planning for family lands, and tax incentives for land conservation. He is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars.
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- SEM05: Steve Small’s Conservation Easement Document, Project Checklist and Tips SOLD OUT
- B09: Federal Tax Issues: The Latest and Greatest
October 26, 2017
8:00 AM - Noon
October 27, 2017
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM