1. Overview — The federal Opportunity Zone (QOZ) program was introduced effective January 1, 2018, as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017 Act). The QOZ program is a highly flexible tax deferral and permanent savings program available to individuals and business entities that are holding appreciated assets. It offers taxpayers a unique opportunity to divest out of concentrated appreciated asset positions and allow taxpayers to tax efficiently
move the associated Deferred Tax Gain into one or more asset classes.
2. Which Gains are Eligible — The Deferred Tax Gain can be related to a wide variety of capital assets sold by the investor, ranging from: the sale or disposition of land, developed real estate, stock or bond portfolios, artwork, collectibles, Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, as well as other tangible and intangible assets. The Deferred Tax Gain must be reinvested into a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) within 180 days of recognizing the tax gain on sale (note there are beneficial timing rules for gains reportable from a partnership). Timely reinvestment will generally allow deferred gain reporting
until the earlier of December 31, 2026, or the date the QOF is sold.