Since the Opportunity Zones program was announcing in 2017, the buzz around investing in Opportunity Zones has grown significantly. However, many of the rules of the program have not been particularly clear, leaving many investors confused. In an attempt to clarify things, the IRS released a new set of Opportunity Zone regulations on April 17, 2019, which, ideally, will increase investor confidence in the program, making it much easier for business owners, investors and Opportunity Fund managers to know what types of investments do and do not qualify.
Ohio, as the seventh largest state in the U.S., contains many extremely promising areas for Opportunity Zones investing, and, as there are a substantial 320 Opportunity Zones distributed througout the state, investors have quite a few areas to chose from. Today, Ohio is known for industries including fuel cell and solar energy development, medical research, aerospace and defense, rubber and industrial products, and tech research and development, which are all contributing to the state’s healthy rate of economic development.
As the most populous state in the Union, California is ripe with Opportunity Zones— and opportunities to invest in them. While the largest Opportunity Zones in the state are located far inland, there are still Opportunity Zones in some of the state’s most densely populated areas, such as Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. For those who are unfamiliar, the Opportunity Zones Program is a federal tax incentive program created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
An Opportunity Fund is an investment vehicle specifically designed to facilitate into investment into designed low-income areas called Opportunity Zones. These funds allow investors to take advantage of a variety of tax incentives, including permitting them to defer their capital gains taxes until 2027. Opportunity Funds can be created by individual investors, who can place their own funds inside an Opportunity Fund, or by larger organizations, which can advertise these funds to private investors or to the general public.