WHAT IS OPPORUNITY ZONES?
The Opportunity Zone (OZ) program was created to revitalize an economically-distressed community where new private investment, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Simply put, OZs are an economic development tool designed to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities. OZs were added to the tax code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017. The OZs are created through the process of nomination and designation. To qualify as OZs, localities must be nominated by the state and that nomination must be certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his delegation of authority to the Internal Revenue Service. The first set of OZs, covering parts of 18 states, was designated on April 9, 2018. There are more than 8700 OZs covering parts of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
Opportunity Zones offers three tax incentives for investing in distressed communities via an Opportunity Fund.
Metro Atlanta Opportunity Zone Prospectus
Tax Credit Program
DRAFT Released 10/30/19
IRS Proposed Regulations