Qualified Opportunity Zone Developments: Proposed Regulations Move Closer to Release; Ohio Proposes Related Credit– September 13, 2018 by Adam Hill

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced Qualified Opportunity Zones (QO Zones) to encourage investment in low-income areas by offering investors federal tax benefits. Specifically, the program allows a taxpayer to reinvest gains from the sale of an asset into a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QO Fund) within 180 days, which temporarily defers and possibly reduces tax from the sale transaction. Additionally, the program allows investors to permanently exclude the appreciation on their original investment in the QO Fund if a certain holding period is achieved. 

>> Read more on how it all works in Tax Reform Watch: Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Recently, there have been two important developments surrounding the program — promising clarification for investors and a potential tax credit for those investing in QO Funds that invest in Ohio. 

Proposed QO Zone Regulations Under Review

On September 12, 2018, the IRS sent the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) draft regulations to clarify numerous areas of the program. The guidance is currently under review, and we expect it to fall under the expedited 10-business-day review available for guidance related to the TCJA.  

Potential Ohio Tax Credit for Investing in QO Funds

A bill also has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives that would allow taxpayers who invest at least $250,000 during a taxable year in a QO Fund investing in Ohio to earn a nonrefundable tax credit equal to 10% of the investment.
 
We will continue to monitor these areas for additional information as it becomes available.
 
Please contact a member of your service team, or contact Adam Hill at ahill@cohencpa.com or Angel Rice at arice@cohencpa.com for further discussion.
 
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