Qualified Opportunity Zones

Guiding clients into new frontiers

In December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, among many other wide-ranging tax reforms, established a new program promoting long-term investments in low-income areas, with the goal of stimulating development in these economically distressed communities.

This program enables taxpayers to postpone and potentially decrease the tax on federal capital gains by re-investing the capital gains in “Qualified Opportunity Funds” that invest 90% of their assets in certain low-income communities designated as “Qualified Opportunity Zones.” In addition, gains on investments in these funds can be tax-free if the investment is held for more than 10 years.

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin has a multidisciplinary team consisting of lawyers from our Tax, Real Estate and Corporate practice groups to assist fund sponsors, developers, innovators and investors determine the right approach, implementation and realization of the full investment potential of the opportunity zones program into their business strategy while ensuring compliance with the program’s legal requirements.

We assist clients in structuring deals to maximize the tax benefits of investing in qualified zones, offering insights that optimize the full extent of the Opportunity Zones program, including:

  • Identifying unique deal structures
  • Meeting the eligibility tests for Qualified Opportunity Funds and qualified zone property
  • Utilizing our broad experience in fund formations
  • Advising on securities regulatory considerations
  • Structuring real estate and operating business investments
  • Tax planning, advice and compliance
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Ben-Ami, Andrew R. Partner and Chair of Tax Practice Partner and Chair of Tax Practice 212.216.8025 VCard
Molinari, Guy N. Partner Partner 212.216.1188 VCard
Smith, James G. Partner Partner 212.216.8060 VCard
Weisner, William W. Partner and Chair of Real Estate Practice Partner and Chair of Real Estate Practice 212.216.8095 VCard
  • Proposed Regulations Put the Opportunity in Qualified Opportunity Zones
    January 9, 2019

    One of the positive developments resulting from the 2017 tax legislation has been offering taxpayers a limited-time opportunity to defer gain on the sale of assets, reduce the gain when finally recognized and even eliminate gain on certain new investments. This is all made possible under the 2017 Tax Act by investing in "Qualified Opportunity Zones," a new provision that allows taxpayers to free up capital gains and reinvest those gains in economically distressed census tracts.

  • There's a Tax-Savings Opportunity in Qualified Opportunity Zones
    August 2, 2018

    The 2017 Tax Act is offering a limited-time opportunity for taxpayers to defer gain on the sale of assets, reduce the gain when finally recognized and even eliminate gain on certain new investments. This is all made possible under the 2017 Tax Act by investing in "Qualified Opportunity Zones," a new provision that allows taxpayers to free up capital gains and reinvest those gains in economically distressed communities. Learn more about the intricacies of these tax benefits.


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