Qualified Opportunity Zones

Qualified Opportunity Zones

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Elishiba Hunter

Timothy Baptist Church, Inc.

OVERVIEW

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced IRC §1400Z-2 Special Rules for Capital Gains Invested in Opportunity Zones. This section allows a taxpayer to elect to defer or exclude from gross income gain on the sale or exchange of any property to an unrelated party in the tax year of the sale or exchange if the gain is reinvested in a qualified opportunity zone ("QOZ") within 180 days of the sale or exchange. The amount of gain that can be deferred or excluded is equal to the amount of gain invested in the QOZ.

Qualified Opportunity Zones are nominated as such by the chief executive officer of a state, and certified by the Secretary of Treasury. A "state" includes any U.S. possession and a "chief executive officer" generally refers to a state's governor. The designation as a QOZ remains in effect for 10 years beginning on the date of designation.

  • For a list of all designated Qualified Opportunity Zones,click here.
  • For a map of all designated Qualified Opportunity Zones,click here.

DEFERRAL/EXCLUSION OF GAIN

The election allows the gain to be deferred until:

  • The investment is sold or exchanged, or
  • December 31, 2026, whichever is earlier

When the taxpayer reinvests in a QOZ property, the basis in the investment is initially zero. However, basis can be increased by holding onto the investment for the following periods of time.

  • 5 years - basis is increased by 10% of the gain originally deferred.
  • 7 years - basis is increased by 15% of the gain originally deferred.
  • 10 years - basis is increased to be equal to the FMV of such investment on the date it is sold. There are some complications with this adjustment because of the sunset date mentioned above.

DEFINITIONS

Qualified Opportunity Fund - Any investment vehicle which is organized as a corporation or a partnership for the purpose of investing in QOZ property that holds at least 90% of its assets in QOZ property.

Qualified Opportunity Zone Property - Includes property which is:

  • QOZ Stock
  • QOZ Partnership Interest
  • QOZ Business Property

For additional information, please contact your tax advisor at HLB Gross Collins, P.C.

Packard has been a client of HLB Gross Collins for 33 years, through the tough years and the growth years. They have been a loyal and trusted advisor to us for everything from Audited financials to our recent transition to 100% ESOP, we could not have completed this transaction without their expertise. The firm has grown with us over these years and we look forward to trusting them for all our accounting and tax needs for many years to come. I don’t know how to say enough about how I trust the advisors and friends I have a HLB Gross Collins.

Susan Kirkland, President

Packard, Inc.

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Rick Hamilton EVP & CFO

MIRASCO Inc.

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