Opportunity Zones: Part 2–Structure of Qualified Opportunity Funds (Completed)

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Instructor: James R. Hamill
Begin Time:  9:00am Pacific Time
10:00am Mountain Time
11:00am Central Time
12:00pm Eastern Time
CPE Credit:  2 hours for CPAs
2 hours Federal Tax Related for EAs and OTRPs
2 hours Federal Tax Law for CTEC

The 2017 TCJA added a new deferral mechanism for capital gains realized from any source. The taxpayer can realize a capital gain and then reinvest only the amount of the gain in a qualified opportunity fund (QOF) within 180 days of the realization event. This allows the gain to be deferred until 2026, when it is recognized without regard to whether the QOF interest is sold. If the interest is held for at least 5 years before 2026 a basis adjustment allows 10% of the deferred gain to be eliminated. If held for 7 years another 5% of the deferred gain goes away. This means it is possible that only 85% of the deferred gain is recognized in 2026. In addition, if the investment is held for 10 years any appreciation on the investment can be realized without paying any tax.

Professional tax advisers will need to understand this provision in two situations. First, they may have a client who wants to establish their own QOF and needs help with the structure. Second, they may have a client who wants to invest in a QOF and needs an advisor to analyze the structure of the investment to ensure the opportunity zone investment benefits will be realized.

In this two-hour CPE webinar nationally recognized tax expert and instructor James Hamill, CPA, Ph.D., will explain the different types of QOF structures that professional advisers will either see or will want to recommend to their clients. Dr. Hamill will also discuss how to exit the investment in the most tax-efficient manner.

This is Part II of a two-part series in opportunity zone investments. This part will focus on the structure of a QOF and exit strategies for the investment. It will not address the basic qualification and computational issue for deferred gains– that will be addressed in Part I.

Who Should Attend
CPAs, EAs, tax preparers and other tax professionals with responsibility for assisting clients with tax-planning strategies.

Topics Covered

  • Qualified Opportunity Fund Structures
  • Qualified Opportunity Zone Business Requirements
  • Common tiered structure of investments
  • Debt-financed acquisition structures
  • Debt-financed distributions
  • Investment timing and self-certification issues
  • Use of working capital as a qualified investment
  • Inside-outside basis issues
  • Exit strategies and their effect

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the key issues in structure of a qualified investment
  • Determine how distributions impact the investor's tax situation
  • Identify optimal structures for exiting the investment


Instructional Method
Group: Internet-based

NASBA Field of Study
Taxes (2 hours)

Program Prerequisites
Basic understanding of opportunity zones.

Advance Preparation

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