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Lennox Jackson

Lennox Jackson: Developing in Chicago’s Opportunity Zones

Chicago is home to 133 opportunity zones. But which neighborhoods on Chicago’s West and South Sides have the greatest levels of redevelopment need? And what are some of the challenges of acquiring capital for building in low-income communities? Lennox Jackson is founder and CEO of Urban Equities, a Chicago-based real estate developer and advisor that

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Lennox Jackson

Lennox Jackson: Why Gentrification Is a Good Thing

Is gentrification a good thing? And why might affordable rate housing not be the best solution in certain low-income neighborhoods? Lennox Jackson is founder and CEO of Urban Equities, a Chicago-based real estate developer and advisor that specializes in residential, retail, and commercial projects. Note: this is Part 1 of my conversation with Lennox. Click

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD announces new FHA incentives for multifamily OZ properties

Last Thursday, May 9 at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced two new Federal Housing Administration incentives for multifamily properties located in Opportunity Zones. Firstly, FHA has designated a team of senior underwriters who will ensure expedited review of applications for properties located in opportunity

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U.S. Capitol

New Senate bill would require Treasury to publish OZ data annually

Senate Bill 1344 would require the Treasury Department to collect data and issue a report on the effectiveness of the Opportunity Zones tax policy. The bill is sponsored by Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), Todd Young (R-IN), and Margaret Hassan (D-NH). The original Opportunity Zones legislation that was first introduced to Congress in February

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Steve Schneider

Steve Schneider: Common OZ Legal Questions

What are some of the most common Opportunity Zones legal questions and issues when it comes to starting or investing in a Qualified Opportunity Fund? Washington, DC-based attorney and accountant Steve Schneider is the head of the passthroughs law group at Baker McKenzie, the largest tax law firm in the United States. Click the play

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Beth Van Duyne

Beth Van Duyne: HUD’s Role in Opportunity Zones

What can the public sector do to magnify the impact of private investment in Opportunity Zones? And specifically, what policy levers is the Department of Housing and Urban Development able to pull? Beth Van Duyne is a former mayor of Irving, TX and currently serves as the regional administrator of HUD Region VI, which encompasses

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IRS Building

The best OZ regs recaps from around the Web

It’s been one week since the IRS released the second tranche of regulatory guidance on Qualified Opportunity Funds. This guidance is a huge step in the right direction in terms of clarifying the biggest questions that OZ participants had following the first tranche of proposed rules. And it goes a long way toward finally clearing

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María de los Angeles Rivera

María de los Angeles Rivera: OZ Investing in Puerto Rico

Nearly the entire island of Puerto Rico lies in an opportunity zone. But what are some additional taxpayer benefits to investing in Puerto Rico, now a year and a half removed from the destruction of Hurricane Maria? María de los Angeles Rivera is head of tax and international business center director at Kevane Grant Thornton

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Tony Nitti

Tony Nitti: Takeaways from the New OZ Regulations

The long-awaited second tranche of IRS regulatory guidance on Qualified Opportunity Funds has finally arrived. What are the biggest takeaways? Tony Nitti is an Aspen-based real estate tax law expert, CPA, and tax services partner at RubinBrown. Additionally, he serves on the editorial advisory board for The Tax Adviser. And he’s also a regular contributor

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