Durham lies in the state of North Carolina which has decoupled itself from federal tax code provisions regarding Opportunity Zone tax deferral and treatment.
Out of the 64 census tracts that exist within, or partially within the city of Durham 7 have been designated eligible for Qualified Opportunity Fund investment. This represents approximately 10.94% of the census tracts in the city. Of the zones that are eligible, 7 qualify as a low-income community. This means the poverty rate was above 20%, or that the median household income was below 80% of the state or metropolitan area’s median household income.
The remaining zones qualified as contiguous, meaning they were located adjacent to an eligible tract, and the median household income did not exceed 125% of that eligible tract. Durham lies in the state of North Carolina which automatically conforms to the federal tax code as it is amended. Both the city and state have adopted the new Qualified Opportunity Zone provisions. North Carolina has 252 opportunity zones, which means Durham contains 2.78% of the Qualified Opportunity Zones that exist within the state.
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