The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created Opportunity Zones to spur economic development and job growth in distressed communities by attracting private capital investment to those communities. Federal income tax benefits are available to taxpayers who reinvest their capital gains in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (“QOF”) – an investment vehicle organized as a corporation or partnership.
More than 8,000 Opportunity Zones throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico) have been designated for investment by the IRS. Opportunity Zones keep their designation for 10 years. After the Opportunity Zone designation expires, however, taxpayers may elect to step-up their basis in an QOF investment that they have held for 10 years. The deadline to make the election extends through 2047. Investors do not need to live, work or conduct business in an Opportunity Zone to take advantage of the tax benefits – they only need to invest in a QOF. The QOF is capitalized with investors’ capital gains realized from other investments, such as proceeds from the sale of a business or stock.
Our services include advising investors and developing fund products to meet client needs and objectives; real estate acquisitions; securities law issues, including registering the fund sponsor as an investment adviser or qualifying for an exemption; applicability of the opportunity zone program to start-up businesses and real estate projects; complying with tax and reporting requirements for investments in Opportunity Funds; and determining and meeting the eligibility requirements for qualified opportunity zone businesses and property.