Defer capital gains tax with Opportunity Zones under the Tax Reform Act
The recently passed Tax Reform Act included a potential tax break for investors. An investor may defer capital gains taxes on the sale of any opportunity zones asset. These taxes can potentially be deferred until December 31, 2026, or the date of a sale (whichever is earlier). As discussed below, this original capital gains tax is reduced over time, and if held long enough, new appreciation on the investment can be realized tax free.
How does the opportunity zones program work?
An investor sells an asset and generates a capital gain. The capital gains from that investment must be reinvested within 180 days into a designated Opportunity Zone (OZ). An OZ is a specially designated census tract. Large parts of the U.S. are eligible for designation, including many commercial, industrial and residential areas.
If the investment is held, the capital gains liability on the original investment will be reduced by 10% after five years and by 15% after seven years. After 10 years, the new capital gains taxes generated from the opportunity fund investment are reduced to zero.
We believe this is one of the most beneficial tax reforms in decades. Learn how Rocco Forino Capital can help you potentially take advantage of this opportunity.