Give OZ A Chance
by Erik Hayden, on Sep 22, 2021 10:16:00 AM
The federal Opportunity Zone Program is working out well for San Jose, with investors carving out potential tax savings for themselves by putting their capital gains into development projects in distressed tracts downtown.
At Urban Catalyst, we beat our target for Fund I by raising $131 million, and we’re on track for hitting our goal for Fund II. The result will be hundreds of thousands of square feet of new office, retail and residential space over the coming years.
But on the national level, the numbers have been disappointing for program boosters like myself. Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin predicted a few years ago that $100 billion would be invested into Opportunity Zone Funds, but the general consensus is that less than half that figure has gone into OZ projects.
Why aren’t more people taking advantage of a program that can significantly lower their tax burden? The answer can likely be traced back to the law’s origins.
Tax law can be incredibly complicated, and, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details. When Congress created the OZ program in 2017, there was widespread confusion about specific provisions. And, as we know, confusion translates to risk in the investment community.
Recognizing this problem, the government began issuing clarifications, with the final one coming in December 2019. This finally brought clarity and cemented how the program would work moving forward.
With the uncertainty behind us, it’s now possible to clearly articulate the requirements for potential tax benefits investors can get from putting their capital gains into Opportunity Zone projects. Investors may be able to:
- Defer taxes on capital gains
- Reduce taxes on capital gains
- Avoid taxes on capital gains
The Opportunity Zone Program is now fully baked. Our mission now is to get the word out about the potential benefits investors may realize by taking advantage of the program. So spread the word.
If you are thinking about investing, don’t wait too long. The potential 10% reduction of capital gains taxes disappears on Jan. 1, 2022. Contact us to learn more.
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