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Republican Tax Plan Includes Major Tax Break For Golf Course Owners: Report

The House version of the Republican tax bill reportedly contains a break allowing golf course owners to obtain millions of dollars in relief, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Under a provision known as “conservation easement,” golf course owners can write off a proportion of their income for tax purposes, in return for a promise not to build on the land.

It is used more often by farmers and others whose land is of conservation value. According to the Wall Street Journal, however, Donald Trump has made use of such easements in the past to benefit himself.

An Obama-era proposal for discontinuing the deduction for golf courses alone suggested it could save the US tens of millions of dollars a year.

The Obama administration wanted to cut the easement in respect of golf clubs “because it viewed the policy’s costs in total as far exceeding the conservation benefits,” former US Treasury tax lawyer Ruth Madrigal told Bloomberg.

However, for some “inexplicable” reason. The House version of the bill passed through the Ways and Means committee on 9 November. It must be reconciled with the Senate’s version before it makes its way to president Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

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