Part 5 – Structuring an Opportunity Zone Compliant Investment Once your qualified opportunity fund has been seeded with eligible capital gains, the focus turns to the investment phase. As noted earlier in this series, the “do’s and don’ts” of effectuating an opportunity zone compliant investment are the most complicated and least understood aspect of this…

Part 4 – Forming a Qualified Opportunity Fund: The Opportunity Zone Compliant Investment Vehicle In order to gain the tax advantages of investing in opportunity zones, investors/taxpayers must first timely invest capital gains proceeds into a qualified opportunity fund. A qualified opportunity fund, or “QOF”, can be any investment vehicle that is taxed as a…

Part 3 – The Opportunity Zone Tax Benefits Explained If you’ve made it to Part 3 of this Series, then you already know that the economic upside of the opportunity zone program lies in the following three categories of tax benefits: (1) the deferral of tax on capital gains that are timely invested in qualifying…

Part 2 – What Do We Know, And What Is Yet To Come? In December 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued its final regulations governing the Opportunity Zone program. These 544 pages of regulations, including commentary and examples, sought to address both the initial lack of guidance in the prior proposed…

Part 1 – Getting Started The talk of real estate (and to a lesser extent business and infrastructure) investing in 2019 was the Opportunity Zones tax incentive program promulgated under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Simply put, the opportunity zone program provides generous incentives to taxpayers that invest capital gains proceeds in…

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