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IRS Chief Pushes Congress for Law Change on Land-Rights Tax Deals

Rettig says abusive syndicated conservation easement transactions persist despite stepped-up enforcement

The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C.Photo: Ting Shen for The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig sought congressional help Tuesday in stopping land-rights deals that the government views as abusive transactions.

Mr. Rettig said so-called syndicated conservation easements have continued despite years of stepped-up IRS enforcement that now includes guaranteed audits, attempts to assert civil fraud penalties, litigation and criminal investigations.

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