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What Kind of Capital Gains Can You Invest in an Opportunity Zone?

The Opportunity Zone Program was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to redirect capital to lower-income neighborhoods.

May 23, 2023

Can You Depreciate an Opportunity Zone?

An opportunity zone is a real estate investment with potential special tax advantages. Depreciation is one of the biggest tax benefits for any real estate investor. Since an opportunity zone already has tax benefits, how does it treat depreciation?

May 20, 2023

How Does a Step Up in Basis Work with a Qualified Opportunity Zone?

The purpose of the Qualified Opportunity Zone program is to direct some of the trillions in investors’ capital gains toward economic revitalization in federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones. In response, those investors receive a bevy of potential tax deferral benefits. One of these benefits was the step-up in basis. We say “was” because the final basis step-up benefit came to an end on Dec. 31, 2021.

May 18, 2023

Can a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) Offset Short-Term Capital Gains?

The idea behind the Opportunity Zone program is that individuals and entities are encouraged to direct their capital gains from the sale of capital assets toward a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF). In return, the individuals and entities can receive certain tax benefits. One benefit involves the possible deferral of capital gains taxes.

May 16, 2023

Can Individuals Invest in Opportunity Zones?

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017 created the Qualified Opportunity Zone program. The program was designed to encourage investment in economically disadvantaged communities. When the legislation passed, each state and territorial governor had the opportunity to nominate specific census tracts as QOZ-eligible. The Treasury Department completed the final evaluation and determination; currently, over 8700 areas are eligible. The selection process considered median income and the pervasiveness of poverty.

May 10, 2023

Do Opportunity Zones Defer State Taxes?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) allowed some taxpayers to defer and even eliminate the obligation to pay capital gains tax in some circumstances. Here’s how it works:

May 7, 2023

Can Opportunity Zones Be Expanded?

There were two parts to setting up the Opportunity Zones Program when it was introduced through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The first was initiating guidance from both the IRS and U.S. Department of the Treasury. And the second was determining what would constitute appropriate Qualified Opportunity Zones for investment.

May 4, 2023

Can You Roll Short-Term Capital Gains into an Opportunity Zone?

One goal of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was to encourage investors to reinvest capital gains into economically disadvantaged communities. To that end, the legislation created Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs), which taxpayers can invest in through QOFs (Qualified Opportunity Funds). While some of the TCJA provisions are no longer available (including the reduction of some capital gains tax obligations), there are still both deferral and exemption opportunities.

May 2, 2023

Investing in Opportunity Zones - What you Need to Know

Realized Chief Investment Officer Drew Reynolds recently shared details of the QOZ program created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and how investors may be able to defer and eliminate some capital gains tax obligations. We share a recap below, and you can read the complete article at

Apr 27, 2023

Can Anyone Invest in Opportunity Zones?

The Opportunity Zones Program has provided a way to direct billions of dollars of capital toward urban renewal and revitalization projects in designated Qualified Opportunity Zones. Those investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) can also benefit from certain tax advantages.

Apr 25, 2023

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