Recap of Feb 14 IRS public hearing on Opportunity Zones

This past Thursday, February 14, the IRS Auditorium in Washington DC was packed to capacity with over 200 attendees as stakeholders spoke during the public hearing on proposed regulations: “Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds” [REG-115420-18]. Hearing participants requested additional guidance on a wide variety of proposed regulations, with many suggesting improvements to the regulations that … Read more

These 18 NFL stadium neighborhoods are eligible for the Opportunity Zones tax break

Introduced in December 2017 as part of President Trump’s Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, the Opportunity Zones program incentivizes real estate and business investments in certain low-income communities throughout the country by providing investors with major tax breaks, so long as certain requirements are met.

There are 15 NFL stadiums (out of 30 total) that are located in such Opportunity Zone communities, plus an additional 3 stadiums that are located adjacent to opportunity zones. NFL teams and stadium owners who invest in these communities could be eligible for tax breaks.

Read moreThese 18 NFL stadium neighborhoods are eligible for the Opportunity Zones tax break

Senators and Congressmen send OZ letter to Treasury, soliciting clarification

Last week, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) — along with 15 other Senators and Congressmen — sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, seeking clarification on several matters related to the Opportunity Zones tax policy, specifically in regards to investments in operating businesses, certain timing requirements, and community impact. The letter calls attention to five … Read more

Who’s investing in OZs? So far, mostly wealthy individuals

Manager interest in launching qualified opportunity zone funds is sky high, but most are still waiting to hear more regulatory clarity from the IRS. Thus far, most of the managers that have launched OZ funds are relatively small private wealth management firms and family offices oriented toward wealthy individual investors, according to P&I. Of course, … Read more

Trump creates opportunity zones council with executive order

Today, President Trump signed an executive order, promoting public commitment to the opportunity zones program enacted last December as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The executive order establishes the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, led by HUD Secretary Ben Carson. The council is tasked with streamlining, coordinating, and targeting … Read more

Accountants: Taxpayer uncertainty is hindering investment in opportunity zones

A working group of accountants formed by Novogradac sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury last month, requesting further clarification in the wake of the proposed regulations (IRS REG-115420-18) published in October. In part, the letter states, “Taxpayer uncertainty around these issues is hindering investment in opportunity zones.” Taxpayers must invest capital gains into opportunity … Read more