When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed, a new tax deferral vehicle was created where taxpayers could defer paying tax on capital gains income by reinvesting these gains into Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ’s) through an investment into a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF). This new provision in the Internal Revenue Code has many taxpayers curious as to how they may be able to benefit from QOZ’s. With this curiosity, the question of whether QOZ incentives are better than Section 1031 exchanges for real estate reinvestments is often asked. The answer to this question is “it depends” on the specific facts and circumstances of your particular tax situation. This article will focus on the positives and negatives when comparing these types of tax deferred reinvestments to assist in drawing some conclusions.
It’s been very well publicized that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted a new opportunity to incentivize real estate investment and development in low-income communities across the country. In October of 2018, the IRS published proposed regulations on this program that provided direction to taxpayers, although many questions were left unanswered. In April of 2019, the IRS sought to address many of those questions by publishing a second set of proposed regulations which provided needed clarity on conducting an operating business within a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QO Zone) and structuring a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QO Fund).
Several bills affecting the long-term tax exemption statute are slowly making their way through the New Jersey Legislature. While each bill addresses different provisions of the statute, the common theme among them is one of restrictiveness.
Some experts say there is a good chance an economic downturn or recession will happen within the next two years, making it logical to begin bolstering protections. What steps can real estate professionals take now that will help them get through a recession and come out the other end even stronger?
Over the past two decades, property management has evolved into a science requiring expertise in a variety of disciplines — from capital allocation to engineering and business development. Success requires a strong team of professionals and a thorough understanding of each and every asset under management.
Comprehensive updates to New Jersey’s 2009 Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), signed into law on August 23, will impact how thousands of properties in the state are remediated and redeveloped.
At first glance, one might assume that new, luxury apartments are receiving the most interest from investors. While a steady pace of construction can be seen in Northern New Jersey with an average of 5,900 apartments delivered annually, this product is trading infrequently. The majority of investors focused on new construction are institutions that prefer a “build-to-core” strategy over asset acquisition and non-institutional players are unwilling to pay the premium for new development. Thus, the majority of new luxury construction is being held long term.
Within the Real Estate world, by now we know that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted a new opportunity to incentivize real estate investment and development in low-income communities across the country through Qualified Opportunity Zones (“QO Zones”). These designated low-income housing income tracts in the United States (and Puerto Rico) allow investors who previously recognized a taxable gain to defer it by investing the gain proceeds into a Qualified Opportunity Fund (“QO Fund”).
On May 1, 2019, the City of Newark Municipal Council adopted Ordinance 18-1970 by a 7-0 vote amending several sections of the City’s Zoning Ordinance. This new ordinance permits medical marijuana alternative treatment centers, medical marijuana cultivation facilities, medical marijuana manufacturing facilities, and medical marijuana safety compliance facilities (collectively, the “Medical Marijuana Uses”) as conditional uses in specified zoning districts within the City.