OZ Filing Deadlines Approaching – Make sure to connect with your tax filer on who is doing what!

Friends and colleagues, a quick reminder which you are likely aware of, but in the “let’s be sure” category:

2021 QOFs – If you created a QOF (a Qualified Opportunity Zone fund) in 2021, your first tax return will be due in 2022, likely next month on March 15th .  Reminder that it is critical to file the Form 8996 with your filing or the IRS will NOT treat you as a fund and the OZ will not work for your project or your business.  IMPORTANT to review with your tax filer.

2018, 2019 and 2020 QOFs – for QOFs formed in 2018, 2019 and 2020, you will have your normal annual compliance filing with the IRS for the QOF; please again make sure you have clarity with your tax filer on who is filing this required piece of paper.

Personal Tax Filings for the Investor – if you have invested in a QOF in 2021, then you need to file with the IRS a Form 8997 that advises the IRS that you have invested in a QOF along with a deferral election form which will effectively defer your tax on your OZ eligible investment until 12-31-2026.  These forms should be filed with your personal tax return on April 15, 2022.

Note, if you are involved in deals with lower tiered QOZBs (Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses), the QOZB does not need to file anything with the IRS but (and a big BUT), they do need to do compliance testing on June 30th and December 31st of each year and report such testing to their QOF.  Please make sure this is occurring for your investments.

Apologies for being slightly over protective of you here but a few QOFs and investors in the past have missed these deadlines or their accountant was not aware that they were supposed to be filing the relevant form.  As such, we wanted to make sure you all get your signals straight and that we avoid any crossed OZ wires.

Duane Morris has an active Tax Credits and Opportunity Zone Team to help organizations and individuals plan, respond to, and invest in Opportunity Zones and low income areas throughout the USA, including the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico using tax credit equity and standard equity. We have closed over 173 OZ deals since their inception and are actively working on over 34 OZ projects for owner/developers, investors and business owners at the moment. We would be happy to discussion your proposed project with you.

Contact your Duane Morris attorney for more information. Prior Alerts on the topic are available on the team’s webpage.

If you have any questions about this post, please contact Brad A. Molotsky, Art Momjian, Scott Gluck, Lee Potter, Anastasios Kastrinakis, or the attorney in the firm with whom you are regularly in contact.

Take care and stay safe.

New Markets Tax Credits – Record Number of 2020 Applications; $5B in credits to be awarded

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced earlier this week that it received 208 applications under the calendar year (CY) 2020 round of the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program).

Per Treasury, the NMTC Program advances economic development in economically distressed communities by making tax credit allocations available to Community Development Entities (CDEs) for targeted investments in eligible areas.

The CDEs that applied under the CY 2020 round are headquartered in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These applicants requested an aggregate total of $15.1 billion in NMTC allocation authority, over 3x the $5.0 billion in authority available for the 2020 round.

Created by Congress in December of 2000, the NMTC Program permits individual and corporate taxpayers to receive a credit against federal income taxes for making qualified equity investments in CDEs. The investor is provided a tax credit that equals 39% of the cost of the investment and is claimed over a seven-year period. Substantially all of the taxpayer’s investment must be used by the CDE to make qualified investments in low-income communities.

According to Treasury statistics, through the first 16 rounds of the NMTC Program, the CDFI Fund has made 1,254 awards totaling $61 billion in tax credit allocation authority. This $61 billion includes $3 billion in Recovery Act Awards and $1 billion of special allocation authority to be used for the recovery and redevelopment of the Gulf Opportunity Zone.

Duane Morris has an active Tax Credits and Opportunity Zone Team to help CDCs and other organizations and individuals plan, respond to, and invest in typical deals as well as Opportunity Zones and low income areas throughout the USA, including the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. We have closed over 61 OZ deals since their inception and are actively working on over 38 OZ projects for owner/developers, investors and business owners.  We would be happy to discussion your proposed project with you.  Contact your Duane Morris attorney for more information. Prior Alerts on the topic are available on the team’s webpage.

If you have any questions about this post, please contact Brad A. Molotsky, Art Momjian, Scott Gluck, Lee Potter, Keli Isaacson Whitlock, AK Kastrinakis, or the attorney in the firm with whom you are regularly in contact.

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