Opportunity Zone News

John Lettieri

Philanthropic Investment in Opportunity Zones Is Lacking, with John Lettieri

Philanthropic capital will be crucial to achieving large-scale success in Opportunity Zones nationwide. So why has the philanthropic community’s response been tepid thus far? John Lettieri is co-founder, president, and CEO of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a Washington DC-based policy group that helped create the Opportunity Zone tax policy. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with John. Episode Highlights A

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Alex Flachsbart

OZ Lessons from Opportunity Alabama, with Alex Flachsbart

How can Opportunity Zones ignite a place-based economic development revolution in one of the nation’s poorest states? Alex Flachsbart is president and CEO of Opportunity Alabama, the nation’s first nonprofit organization to create a marketplace for Opportunity Zone investment in a particular state. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Alex. Episode Highlights Alabama’s capital gap and how Opportunity Zones can

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Brian Phillips

The First Venture Capital Opportunity Zone Fund

It’s been nearly six months since the IRS issued its second tranche of regulatory guidance on Qualified Opportunity Funds. How are business Opportunity Zone funds proceeding? Brian Phillips is managing partner of The Pearl Fund, the first Opportunity Zone fund to focus exclusively on business, using a venture capital model. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Brian. Episode Highlights Advantages

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Opportunity Zones Tools & Resources

OZ Podcast

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Guide to OZ Investing

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QOZ Fund Database

Our complete list of qualified opportunity zone funds

Opportunity Zone Map

Find out if your property lies in one of over 8,700 opportunity zones.

Tax Calculator

Use our OZ fund tax calculator to determine potential savings.

How the Opportunity Zone program works...

Step 1:
Defer Capital Gains

When you invest your capital gains in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, you can defer those gains until December 31, 2026.

Step 2:
Reduce Capital Gains

When you invest your capital gains in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, you can reduce your capital gains by up to 15% after a 7-year holding period.

Step 3:
Pay Zero Capital Gains Tax

You pay zero capital gains taxes on your investment growth within a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund after a 10-year holding period.

Opportunity Zones

By The Numbers

1
Census Tracts

The total number of census tracts certified as Opportunity Zones by the U.S. Treasury. (Full List)

$ 1
Trillion

Unrealized capital gains eligible for Opportunity Zones investment and tax treatment. (Source)

$ 1
Billion

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s estimate of private capital that will flow into Opportunity Zones. (Source)

What the experts say...

I think there's going to be over $100 billion of private capital that will be invested in opportunity zones. ... This will unlock lots of capital that was tied up that never would have been sold to reinvest in these communities.
This will be the biggest economic development program in U.S. history. It will move 30 times as much capital as the next biggest economic development program that exists right now.

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