In case you missed it, check out our recent webinar with tax expert Nick Gibbons, CPA, a director at Armanino LLP, one of the top 25 largest independent accounting and business consulting firms in the U.S.
Speaking with Erik Hayden, Nick took a deep dive into the key tax benefits and regulations for investing in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (“QOZF”) in light of final federal amendments issued in December 2019.
Here are the three key takeaways:
1. Opportunity Zone tax benefits — “a once-in-a-generation opportunity”
For starters, an investment in a QOZF must come from a capital gains event – the sale of stock, sale of a business, or sale of real estate.
“The incredible federal tax benefits (that come with investing in an Opportunity Zone Fund),” said Nick “create a “once in a generation” opportunity for investors.”
How? Investors receive a six-year deferral of capital gains taxes. After six years, they get a 10% reduction of those taxes. Then, after the investment “seasons” in the QOZF for 10 years, all profits from the investment are tax free.
2. Final regulations — two big benefits
The U.S. Treasury and IRS released final OZ regulations in December, giving investors much more clarity and confidence, according to Nick.
Nick also pointed out how these revisions make OZ funds even more attractive by highlighting the following:Zero Depreciation Recapture
What does this mean for investors? When the OZ Fund projects they’ve invested in are sold in 10 years, they will not be required to pay any depreciation recapture.
180-day timing flexibility
The latest regulations allow more time for investors to move their capital gain from a sale of business to invest in an Opportunity Zone Fund by giving them three options: 180 days from the date of their capital gains event, 180 days from the end of the year, or 180 days from March 15.
This amendment gives investors 75 more days to make a move.
3. What tax forms investors need
In addition to discussing these final OZ regulations, Nick also covered three tax forms investors need to know which are: 8948, 8997 and K-1.
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