When an individual profits from selling an asset, such as stock in a company, commercial real estate, or other investments, a capital gain has occurred. Instead of paying ordinary income tax, an individual generally must pay a special tax rate on these gains, known as the capital gains tax. However, this depends on how long the asset has been held. If you’re a commercial real estate investor, understanding the impact of capital gains taxes-- and how to minimize that impact, is essential if you want to maximize the profitability of your investment.
Opportunity Zones are economically disadvantaged census tracts across the United States in which investors can gain tax benefits by investing in eligible properties and businesses. Right now, there are 8,700 Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) across the country. To gain the tax benefits of the Opportunity Zones program, an investor must invest in an Opportunity Fund, a special investment vehicle which needs to hold at least 90% of its assets in eligible property or businesses located inside an Opportunity Zone.