Will New Opportunity Zones Rules Propel an Office Boom?

The new regs could make it easier for businesses to qualify for tax breaks.

The April rules clarified a number of developers’ most pressing concerns about how a property could be refinanced, and how much time real estate funds had to buy and reinvest in Opportunity Zone properties.

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Opportunity Zones: What Your Chamber Needs to Know to Leverage Them

Local government chambers are well positioned to be OZ champions.

Opportunity Zones, if handled correctly, could help the chamber become an even larger part of local economic development.

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New Opportunity Zones Regulations Present Estate and Gift Tax Implications

Under the new proposed regulations, a gift to a taxpayer’s grantor trust is treated differently.

The new proposed regulations clarify the treatment of gifts of interests in a qualified opportunity fund to grantor trusts — giving away your QOF interest outright would generally subject the interest to immediate taxation under the new regs.

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How Philanthropies Leverage Opportunity Zones

Philanthropies have a critical role in helping cities realize the full economic and social impact of Opportunity Zones.

With their community legitimacy, patient capital and respect for evidence-driven decision making, philanthropies are prime OZ investors and advocates. This paper identifies seven distinct and complimentary roles for foundations to play.