Ample acreage. Built-in opportunity.
Strategic Site Selection
The Opportunity Zones incentive is a new community investment tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Opportunity Zones provide a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into dedicated Opportunity Funds.
There is no statutory cap on the amount of capital that can flow to Opportunity Zones in any given year. As such, Opportunity Zones have the potential to help fuel economic renewal in distressed communities on an unprecedented scale.
Complexity has often been the Achilles heel of policies aimed at unlocking private capital in low-income areas. Complexity adds cost, time, and risk to business transactions, biasing programs towards a narrower set of stakeholders and more risk-averse outcomes, often precluding the very types of business investments that are most likely to have transformative benefits for communities.
A temporary tax deferral for capital gains reinvested in an Opportunity Fund. The deferred gain must be recognized on the earlier of the date on which the opportunity zone investment is sold or December 31, 2026.
A step-up in basis for capital gains reinvested in an Opportunity Fund. The basis of the original investment is increased by 10% if the investment in the qualified opportunity zone fund is held by the taxpayer for at least 5 years, and by an additional 5% if held for at least 7 years, excluding up to 15% of the original gain from taxation.
A permanent exclusion from taxable income of capital gains from the sale or exchange of an investment in a qualified opportunity zone fund, if the investment is held for at least 10 years.
*Note: this exclusion applies to the gains accrued from an investment in an Opportunity Fund, not the original gains