Opportunity Zones News

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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IRS Building

IRS releases second tranche of opportunity zones guidance

The long-awaited second tranche of regulations on Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds has been approved by OIRA and is now available for public comment. Click here to read the new regulations. The 169-page regulatory document is more than twice the size of the first tranche of guidance that was released last October and clarifies most

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Chris Paganelli

Chris Paganelli: How to Assess OZ Funds

What are some due diligence best practices that every investor should undertake before investing in a Qualified Opportunity Fund? Chris Paganelli is a San Francisco Bay Area-based financial advisor at wealth management firm Stifel. He advises high net worth clients on tax strategy, wealth preservation, and portfolio management — with a recent focus on qualified

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Daniel Kowalski

Daniel Kowalski: Upcoming IRS Regulations on QOFs

The long awaited second tranche of IRS regulatory guidance on Qualified Opportunity Funds will produce a set of principles and safe harbors that will give investors the ability to move forward. The best part? One senior Treasury official has said that they want qualified opportunity zone businesses “to sell to the world.” Daniel Kowalski is

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Jill Homan

Jill Homan: Community Development in Opportunity Zones

How has the Opportunity Zones program opened up community development to a different class of investors? And how will revitalization projects impact OZ communities? Jill Homan is founder and president of Javelin 19 Investments, a Washington DC-based commercial real estate investor, developer, and Opportunity Zones advisor. She testified at the IRS hearing on Qualified Opportunity

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Stefan Schimenes

Stefan Schimenes: Using AI to Improve OZ Investing

How can AI be used to improve Opportunity Zone investing? Former AirBNB executive Stefan Schimenes founded InvestReal last month with a mission to create the first data-driven real estate marketplace for Opportunity Zones, using AI to support investment decisions with data from numerous sources. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with

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