In the Zone - A Qualified Opportunity Zone Overview

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

By Kent L. Schwarz, Esq. and Sarah L. Davis, Esq

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act added new Section 1400Z to the Internal Revenue Code, which provides a valuable incentive for investing in so-called “Qualified Opportunity Zones” (“QOZ”). Opportunity Zones are economically deprived areas designated by each state. Under Section 1400Z, any taxpayer realizing a capital gain can defer or eliminate tax on the capital gain by investing all or a portion of the gain in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (“QOF”). If the QOF investment is held for ten years, gain on the QOF investment is also eliminated, providing a powerful incentive to invest in a QOF. Read more


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