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Opportunity zones, a bundle of tax breaks dressed up as economic development, are the epitome of government largess the Trump way — sizzle, fizzle, a sleight of hand and abuse of good intentions.
Created with fanfare in the deeply regressive 2017 tax reform law, opportunity zones are the latest and slickest version of the longstanding conservative strategy of taking from the poor to help the rich. Trump’s twist makes these all the sweeter for conservatives because they pretend to address problems Democrats care about, like providing affordable housing and creating good jobs for the people who live in low-income communities. The results to date show that the outcomes are more likely to be luxury apartments and sparse jobs, not affordable housing and employment opportunities...
Most investors have focused on the real estate investment side of the federal opportunity zone program, but many are missing out on a part of the program that could generate far greater returns, experts said.
The returns on investing in a high potential company that sets up as a qualified opportunity zone business, or QOZB,
and starts or relocates in one of the designated 8,700 opportunity
zones could be 10 times more profitable than flipping commercial real
estate, The Pearl Fund founder and Managing Partner Brian Phillips said.
Even after having set up Silicon Valley`s only multi-asset fund dedicated to designated properties, he waited.
As Hayden recognizes, stories similar to his occurred in markets
across the country, with investors claiming a lack of clarity
stalling any kind of large-scale benefits opportunity zone, which proponents promised would come to distressed communities...
TODAY - TUESDAY 8/27/2019
This is our first in our weekly series of live-streaming shows, focused on Opportunity Zones. Neal Bawa will serve as our master or arms and talk about, “The Five Perils of Opportunity Zones”. To attend the live-stream, ask questions, leave comments and participate in the conversation, click the following links at 2:45, PM on August 27, 2019:
This show is for anyone who has sold or is thinking about selling property and is looking to reinvest their capital gains and minimize the taxes owed on capital Gains. It should also be of interest to real estate brokers, accountant, attorneys and business brokers and investors.
AT&T will sell 37 real estate properties this fall through Williams & Williams, a specialist in global live and interactive real estate auctions. The assets are located in nine states and are selling in a combination of on-site and online auctions organised between 16 and 25 October. Williams & Williams will conduct the auctions in conjunction with strategic broker partner JLL.
AT&T is offering each property separately for auction and most will come with leaseback deals in place. The properties include industrial and office, and several have potential for significant redevelopment. The properties are located in regional markets in AL, FL, IL, IN, LA, GA, OH, SC, TN and WI. Two properties in Opportunity Zones are in Marion, AL and Euclid, OH......Full Story
For the past couple of years, opportunity zones
have been a rolling thundercloud of interest, excitement and debate
hovering over the real estate industry. But the lightning it promised
has yet to strike.
Since the opportunity zone program was introduced, the flurry of investment activity that its architects foretold hasn’t materialized. In its place, an ecosystem of events, media, marketing and paid consultation has arisen and flourished — an industry based on talking about opportunity zones rather than investing in them......Full Story
Opportunity zones have generated nationwide excitement since they were introduced, but a maxim has been repeated ad nauseum to temper that enthusiasm: An opportunity zone doesn`t turn a bad deal into a good one.
While the capital gains tax benefits only apply to equity investments, a real estate deal done without debt is a rarity. For commercial real estate lenders, the maxim holds true — opportunity zones don`t change the fundamentals of a deal......Full Story
In a hearing of the Senate`s Appropriations Committee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "advised against" the use of qualified opportunity funds to invest in cannabis businesses, Bloomberg Tax reports. Mnuchin said the cannabis industry doesn`t align with the spirit of the legislation that created opportunity zones.
The law in question, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, banned the use of opportunity funds to invest in what the U.S. Tax Code defines as "sin businesses": liquor stores, casinos, racetracks, golf clubs, tanning salons and massage parlors, among others. Because cannabis is still illegal under federal law, there was no provision for its inclusion on the list....Full Story
Wisconsin has 120 designated opportunity zones, all of which are low-income communities. Wisconsin did not designate any eligible non-low-income contiguous tracts as opportunity zones.
Wisconsin’s opportunity zone urban-to-rural ratio is nearly identical to the statewide ratio. Among Wisconsin’s 120 opportunity zones, 71 percent are urban, and 29 percent are rural....Full Story
The hottest pitch in real estate is the opportunity zone, one of 8,700 geographic areas in the United States in need of economic investment.
Opportunity zones encompass three enticements that make real estate attractive to professional investors: the promise of change in underserved areas, the chance of an outsize investment return and the opportunity for a huge tax break......Full Story
I have been hitting #CRE pretty hard lately and have taken some serious shots at #CRE media, brokers, startups, old people, young people, their egos and practices, the process of, the general state of, and so on and so on. And there has been some pushback, with that there have also been those that are happy that I “call out” #CRE for all of its pains and ills. I have understood since day one the way to win or influence an audience is to entertain, inform, and educate. It’s easy to see why that works, it’s generally what we all want. How hard is it really to come up with a Top 10 listicle post and push it out once a month? You see them all the time, Top 10 Ways To Improve, Top 10 Mind Blowing, Top 10 People, Top 10 Most, Top 10 Greatest. And for some even doing that is too much time and effort......Full Story
With the unveiling of the highly anticipated second set of proposed regulations related to opportunity zones, 2019 is going to be a big year for investors wanting to take advantage of the much-hyped federal program.
By Wednesday afternoon, commercial real estate professionals, investors and others were poring over the 169-page regulations released by the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
"From what we’ve seen so far, this is a positive step,” EIG President and CEO John Lettieri said. “This removes a lot of the obvious impediments that have kept capital on the sidelines to date … I think it’s going to free up a lot of capital.".....Full Story
The opportunity zone tax benefit has received a lot of attention. The program, born out of the Trump administration’s tax overhaul, lets investors defer and reduce capital gains taxes in exchange for investing the money in designated low-income neighborhood development projects. No doubt some clients are asking advisors about it, and there has been a proliferation of investment funds launched to accommodate the demand.
But experts say while the incentives have the potential to be a great deal for all involved, clients need to be aware there is no guarantee their investment will work out as planned, nor any certainty they’ll help the distressed communities they are targeting....
For all the intrigue that opportunity zones have generated, they have also come with their fair share of concern. But as the delay in final regulations drags on, it may also solve one of the program`s problems by accident.
The most talked-about facet of opportunity zone investing so far has been the 15% discount on capital gains invested in the zones if held for seven years, but that only applies for investments made by the end of this year. Some movement is already happening, like Plymouth Group’s purchase of the former Budd Co. factory where Bisnow held its Philadelphia Opportunity Zones and Capital Markets event last week......Full Story
Let’s be honest: Real estate valuations are very high today. But worries of an impending housing crash are premature. There are many trends that could continue to drive real estate values. A millennial middle class hungry for the independence of owning a home and a reasonable economy outweigh housing indicators that might signal a downturn is imminent. That doesn’t mean U.S. real estate markets are not in a pivotal phase. In fact, 2019 is poised to create significant opportunity for those who understand the five significant economic and demographic trends driving the market. Let’s consider the following five trends:
1. Rise in Interest Rates...
2. Millennial Homebuyers Enter The Market...
3. Growth Of Secondary Cities...
4. Housing Affordability...
5. Impact of Opportunity Zone Funds......Full Story
While the tax benefits of Section 1031 exchanges in commercial real estate are well-known to most practitioners, the new qualified opportunity zone program now offers another approach to deferring or eliminating taxable gain. Qualified opportunity zone investments in commercial property can be similar to 1031 exchanges, to defer taxes, but the differences in tax implications can be significant when there is a disposition of the property. Plus, the lack of well-established case law, regulations, and other guidance for investments in qualified opportunity zones creates risks — risks that should be considered carefully before investing in opportunity zones. Join CCIM Institute and experts Dr. Mark Lee Levine, CCIM and Libbi Levine Segev, JD, LLM to hear how you can best leverage both options and tackle the unique challenges of each. Of course, there are other alternatives that will be examined, beyond undertaking the use of an Opportunity Fund or a 1031 transaction......Full Story
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 sent ripples through commercial real estate, thanks largely to the revelation of opportunity zones. But a few TCJA tax code changes could be even more influential. One that has tax professionals abuzz is bonus depreciation, which can save large amounts of money no matter the project.
Bonus depreciation allows taxpayers to write off a portion of an asset in the year it was acquired as long as that asset has a sufficiently short life span. Personal property like plumbing systems, for instance, have a shorter life span than a building structure itself, and can be written off. The TCJA doubled bonus depreciation on eligible assets, from 50% all the way to 100%......Full Story
Zale Tabakman has developed a concept for an indoor farm that grows greens, herbs and vegetables using modular construction, called Local Grown Salads. One LGS farm would be 15K SF and fabricated off-site almost entirely — even the HVAC system, often one of the costliest elements of construction. All the site needs is for the walls, floor and ceiling to be sealed and the water and power to be connected to the grid......Full Story
According to the 2017 Distressed Communities Index by the Economic Innovation Group, one in six Americans, approximately 17 percent of the population, live in economically-distressed communities, and the average state has 15.2 percent of its population living in these struggling areas.
The new Opportunity Zone (OZ) tax incentive was created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to encourage investment in low- to moderate-income communities across the country through tax benefits, such as deferring tax on capital gains by making an investment in any of the designated zones. So far, 8,761 communities covering all 50 states, including the five U.S. territories, have been designated as opportunity zones, and they will keep this status for 10 years.......Full Story
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new investment vehicle intended to stimulate economic growth in distressed communities. Qualified opportunity zones (QOZs) are pre-selected areas around the United States where investors can hold capital gains for preferential tax treatment while struggling communities can benefit from an influx of development and funding....Full Story
OpportunityDb’s Jimmy Atkinson interviewed Tony Nitti, real estate tax law expert, CPA, and partner at Withum. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for The Tax Adviser. And he’s a contributor at Forbes.com, where he recently published a thorough primer on the opportunity zones tax incentive.
Click here to listen as Tony and Jimmy dissect the basics of the opportunity zones tax code, explore some unintended consequences and loopholes introduced by the proposed IRS regulations, and discuss who the actual drivers behind most opportunity zone investments will be...
Aside from Amazon HQ2 (which all began last year anyway) and opportunity zones, 2018 felt a bit like a redux of 2017. Overall, the industry was incredibly strong. Natural disasters ravaged the coasts. Rising construction costs caused pain for development. WeWork was all over the place. There was a crazy robot story.
But all the same, what a year it was. So take a break from worrying about when it is all going to fall apart, and look back at the trends and deals that defined commercial real estate in 2018.
— Catie Dixon, Managing Editor
There was more to 2018 than Amazon ... sort of.
A big chunk of Bisnow`s most-clicked stories of 2018 were related to HQ2, but our readers were also particularly interested in open offices, housing affordability, Chick-fil-A and lawsuits. Check out the 20 stories that most resonated with Bisnow readers this year.
It goes without saying that not all opportunity zones are created equal or present the same investment opportunities.
As the Qualified Opportunity Zone tax program gains national attention from investors looking to deploy billions in capital gains into those areas, sources tell Bisnow the designated areas stand to benefit greatly from opportunity zone-friendly policies enacted at the federal, state and municipal level to further lure investment where it is most needed......Full Story
Opportunity zones have become the darling of real estate investors since their adoption last year, but the still-under-the-radar program is poised to receive a lot more attention, and possibly scrutiny, after it was promoted in the Oval Office last week.
President Donald Trump`s signing of an executive order to push more federal resources into the Opportunity Zone program is a step in the right direction and could bolster the little known tax incentive program and the distressed communities that benefit from investments, experts said. ...
Goodbye 2018, hello 2019! As the new year approaches, Bisnow spoke with several industry execs, researchers and economists to uncover the major trends expected to dominate the commercial real estate industry in the coming year. From the rise of opportunity zones to a slowdown in industrial absorption, these are 18 trends experts forecast for 2019.
1. Opportunity Zones Craze To Persist...
2. Industrial Boom To Continue Thanks To High Demand From E-Commerce Players, Though A Few Headwinds May Surface...
3. Federal Reserve To Gradually Boost Interest Rates Due To The Strength Of The Economy...
4. Online Retailers Will Continue To Open Brick-And-Mortar Stores, Further Validating That Physical Retail Is Far From Dead...
5. Industry To Continue Reading The Tea Leaves To Predict The Next Downturn......Full Story
There`s a lot of talk about Opportunity Zones. Can anyone invest in them?
As high-net-worth (HNW) investors zone in on commercial real estate opportunities for 2019, Opportunity Zones, multifamily, marijuana, retail and industrial are emerging as some of the key areas to watch.
Real estate investments made next year by HNW investors should be weighed against rising interest rates and the prolonged economic expansion, according to Doug Brien, co-founder and CEO of Oakland, Calif.-based Mynd Property Management, which specializes in multifamily assets.
“For deals to make sense, investors will need to make sure cap rates remain high enough to balance out rising interest rates,” Brien says. “In my opinion, a long-time horizon should be incorporated into any investor’s strategy if they’re acquiring properties at such a late stage in this rising interest rate environment.”......Full Story
Congress created the federal Qualified Opportunity Zone (“QOZ”) program in the 2017 “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” to encourage economic growth in underserved communities through tax benefits to investors. U.S. states and territories, including Washington, DC, nominated areas (by census tract) to be designated as QOZs in 2018, and the IRS and Treasury finalized the designations that year. This program presents opportunities for real estate investment and development in distressed communities.
Commercial real estate owners, developers, brokers and investment managers have a variety of concerns about the new Opportunity Zone program that gives a tax break to investors who invest through an opportunity fund into a designated opportunity zone. More than 200 of them shared those concerns in Bisnow`s recent survey about the program.
One survey participant called the program “gentrification on steroids.”
Another respondent said the nuances of the program — even with a new round of guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury — are still confusing and may turn off investors......Full Story
Thanks to a new economic development tool created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Greater Madison could soon see some changes to some of the region’s most economically challenged areas.
The Opportunity Zones program is designed to spur private investment in distressed communities by allowing private investment through tax incentives that are designed to accelerate economic growth and job creation.In March 2018, 120 areas of Wisconsin were deemed eligible for the program based in part on the number of low-income households in each area, including 11 in Dane County.
The program, part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act President Donald Trump
signed into law in December, gives large tax breaks to investors who
place capital gains into funds that invest in opportunity zones, a set
of largely low-income areas across the country. Local governments nominated their
opportunity zone census tracts in April, and in recent months, several
funds have been set up specifically targeting opportunity zones...
The basic premise behind the Opportunity Zones initiative was to offer incentives in the form of deferred and reduced taxes on capital gains to attract private capital for investment in low-income urban, suburban and rural areas of the country. “The simple thought was that if capital was invested in those zones, it would have an appreciable and beneficial effect on those communities,” says John W. Gahan III, an attorney in the real estate department at Sullivan & Worcester in Boston.
What is stirring excitement among both sponsors and investors is that, unlike 1031 tax deferred exchanges, this tax incentive is not just for “like-kind” assets. It allows investors who are selling a variety of assets, such as stocks, art or a business, to reinvest capital gains in Opportunity Zone funds. Some industry estimates put the value of total unrealized gains in the U.S. in the trillions. So, even if a fraction of those dollars finds their way into Opportunity Zone property funds, it has the potential to create a sizable new sector within the real estate investment market....
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) includes a new tax incentive designed to steer long-term capital investments into economically distressed communities. Investments in these areas, called Opportunity Zones, are eligible for the temporary deferral and potential exclusion of capital gains.
The TCJA authorizes each state to nominate up to 25 percent of its low-income communities as qualified Opportunity Zones. The final list of designated census tracts was released by the U.S. Department of Treasury on June 14, 2018.
Federal initiatives designed to incentivize private investment in low-income communities have been around for years, often with mixed results.
Today, “Opportunity Zones,” a program inserted into the new tax law, holds a lot of promise but represents a dramatic departure—with considerably more risk—from New Markets Tax Credits, a time-tested tool favored by real estate developers since the early 2000s...
...Similar to the like-kind 1031 exchange, Opportunity Zones are designed to reward long-term investment by deferring or abating capital gains taxes. Initially, investors defer their unrealized capital gains by reinvesting into an Opportunity Fund. They’re taxed on just 85 percent of that original investment, as well as proceeds, if they stay in the fund for seven years. If an investment is held beyond 10 years, investors are only responsible for paying taxes on the original investment, making it the more cost-effective option...