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What is an Opportunity Zone?

An Opportunity Zone is a specially designated area in the United States that was created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The purpose of an Opportunity Zone is to encourage investment in economically distressed communities by offering tax benefits to investors who put their money into businesses and real estate located in these areas.

Investors who invest in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF), which is a partnership or corporation set up to invest in designated Opportunity Zones, can receive significant tax benefits, including deferring capital gains taxes, reducing the amount of capital gains taxes owed, and eliminating capital gains taxes on the appreciation of the investment if it is held for at least ten years.

The idea behind Opportunity Zones is to spur economic development in areas that have historically been overlooked and to provide opportunities for investors to earn a return on their investment while also contributing to the betterment of society.

At 1031 Exchange Place, we specialize in helping investors take advantage of tax-deferred exchanges, which are another way to minimize taxes when buying and selling real estate. While Opportunity Zones are a relatively new concept, we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest tax laws and regulations so that we can help our clients make informed decisions about their investments.