Opportunity Zones

A new community investment tool designed to drive long-term capital to eligible low-income urban communities throughout the nation.

Under the Investing in Opportunities Act–which is included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017(PL-11597) passed into law on December 19, 2017–the Opportunity Zones Program (IRC1400Z) was created. This is a community development program devised to encourage long-term investments in low income communities designated by each state as Opportunity Zones. The program provides investors a tax incentive to re-invest their unrealized capital gains through Opportunity Funds into these areas .

A Qualified Opportunity Fund is an investment vehicle, set up as either a partnership or corporation, for investing in eligible property within an Opportunity Zone. It utilizes investor’s gains from a prior investment for funding the Opportunity Fund.

Investors can defer capital gains on earnings that are reinvested in “Qualified Opportunity Funds”–special purpose entities that exist to invest in businesses within Opportunity Zones. Long term investors receive an additional step-up in basis, cancelling out some of their original tax bill (10% after five years and rising to a total 15% increase in basis after seven years). Investments maintained for ten or more years are not subject to any additional capital gains tax on earnings from Opportunity Zone Investments.

The Economic Innovation Group has prepared a fact sheet outlining the benefits of Opportunity Zones for investors.

The IRS can answer all questions related to IRC 1400Z-2, Opportunity Funds, and Opportunity Zone Investments

Phone: (414) 231-2240
E-mail: CC.ITA.Section.1400@irscounsel.treas.gov



Promise Zones

In 2013, President Obama laid out an initiative to designate a number of urban, rural, and tribal communities as Promise Zones. Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health, and address other priorities identified by the community. The 22 urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones were selected through three rounds of national competition, in which applicants demonstrated a consensus vision for their community and its residents, the capacity to carry it out, and a shared commitment to specific, measurable results.

Opportunity Zones & Promise Zones Mapping Tool

This tool displays designated qualified Opportunity Zones as published by the CDFI Fund as of June 15, 2018, and designated Promise Zones as defined by the Promise Zones Initiative as of June 6, 2016.

Opportunity Zones and/or Promise Zones can be seen by searching for an address or zooming in on an area in the map.

More information about designated census tracts can be viewed by clicking on the area.

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