South Carolina Conservation
& Angel Credit Exchange

SC is one of five states in the country that offers transferable conservation credits.

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The South Carolina Conservation Credit Exchange provides a simple, one-stop marketplace to connect buyers and sellers of conservation and angel credits, putting money in the hands of sellers and delivering profitable returns to buyers.

South Carolina offers tax credits to landowners to encourage the preservation of farms, landscapes, and other natural, cultural, and recreational resources. As a funding mechanism for conservation, tax credits benefit everyone — buyer, seller, and South Carolina citizens.

In 2013, SC started offering Angel Investor Tax Credits to investors in early-stage, high growth businesses.  The credits expand wealth-creating businesses and support the commercialization of technology developed in the state’s universities. 

BUYERS

You purchase credits at a discount to the face value that you claim on your state income tax return. Use credits in a year that you have high tax liability, or make it a habit and reduce the cost of your state income taxes annually.

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SELLERS

When you donate land or an easement, or sell your property for less than fair market value for conservation purposes, you may be eligible for a South Carolina income tax credit for 25% of the value of the donation up to $250 per acre.

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FINANCIAL ADVISORS

South Carolina Conservation tax credits have been around since 2001. The Exchange provides the expertise and service to make the buying of credits manageable and profitable for your clients.

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“Conservation is the harmony between man and nature.” ~ Aldo Leopold

“Conservation is the harmony between man and nature.” ~ Aldo Leopold

How does an exchange work?

In short, once a landowner agrees to donate a qualified conservation easement to a land trust and all the paper work is done – easements are signed and recorded, qualified appraisals are done, etc. – South Carolina law provides for credits against South Carolina taxes for the donor to either use against their own taxes, or gift or sell to others.

The Exchange will ensure that all necessary paper work and approvals are obtained as well as manage the transaction on behalf of the landowners (sellers) and buyers.

In short, once a landowner agrees to donate a qualified conservation easement to a land trust and all the paper work is done – easements are signed and recorded, qualified appraisals are done, etc. – South Carolina law provides for credits against South Carolina taxes for the donor to either use against their own taxes, or gift or sell to others.

The Exchange will ensure that all necessary paper work and approvals are obtained as well as manage the transaction on behalf of the landowners (sellers) and buyers.

What Our Clients Say

“I wanted you to know that we appreciate your professionalism and the perfect way you handle the paperwork for these transactions.  Not everyone is as meticulous!”

SB

“This was one of the easiest and smoothest transactions that I have ever been a part of – from start to finish, and consequently, I would highly recommend her company to anyone looking to take advantage of this market.” 

SH

“Actually it’s pretty amazing how simple the process is.”

DM
“Thanks Robin!  You are the best in the business!” 
BR