Federal Qualified Opportunity Zones: Proposed Regulations Under Review

    The second round of proposed regulations under Section 1400Z-2 of the Internal Revenue Code are now under review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”).

    The OIRA website stated that this round of regulations will address:

    • Which types of property qualify as qualified opportunity zone business property; and steps a qualified opportunity zone business must take to be qualified.  
    • Guidance on the penalty imposed for failure to meet the investment standard required by Section 1400Z-2(d).
    • How qualified opportunity funds will invest deferred gains into qualified opportunity zone property and qualified opportunity zone businesses.

    OIRA has a mandated 10-day minimum review period, although the first set of proposed regulations were in review for over a month. According to a treasury official, there likely will be a third set of proposed regulations issued to address anti-abuse and the decertification process.

    What Does CohnReznick Think?

    This second set of proposed regulations will continue to provide much-needed guidance to taxpayers who are eager to invest capital gain dollars into qualified opportunity zones funds. Upon release of the second set of proposed regulations, CohnReznick will provide a summary of what they contain, including our analysis.


    For more information on Opportunity Zones, please contact:

    Steve Friedman, CRE, FRICS, Tax Director, (301) 280-1849

    David Kessler, Chief Executive Officer, (301) 657-7755

    Beth Mullen, CPA, Partner - Affordable Housing Industry Leader, (916) 930-5750

    Brian Newman, CPA, Partner, Practice Leader - Federal Tax Services, (959) 200-7009

    Thomas Nice, CPA, Partner, (301) 961-5542

    Ira Weinstein, Managing Principal - Baltimore, (410) 783-8328 

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