By now investors have likely heard of Opportunity Zones, the economic development program offered through the Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017. But a large number of investors are unaware of the special flexibility afforded to those who have earned capital gains through a partnership. In fact, several of Cadre’s investors didn’t realize they had eligible capital gains to deploy until exploring this specific angle in more detail with us.
In October 2018, King & Spalding outlined this opportunity in a memo on the Proposed Regulations:
In the case of a partnership…the 180-day period begins on the last day of the partnership’s taxable year, as that is the day on which the partner would be required to recognize the capital gain if it were not deferred.
In other words, the 180-day clock for redeployment still applies, but when the gain is generated through a partnership, there is more flexibility on when that 180-day period begins.
(Learn more in our Guide to Opportunity Zones.)
Consider the following hypothetical example:
Christine is invested in a private equity fund that sold a portfolio company and made a large distribution at the end of January 2018. That distribution is now classified as a capital gain on Christine’s Schedule K-1 from the private equity fund. Applying the standard 180-day rule, Christine’s 180-day window would have expired in July 2018. However, given the gain was generated through a partnership, she can choose to start her 180-day clock at the end of the partnership’s taxable year. This election would give Christine until June 29th, 2019 to re-invest her capital gain.
Investors who reinvest capital gains through a Qualified Opportunity Fund can capture significant tax benefits. Opportunity Zones offer the potential for capital gains tax breaks on any recently sold investment — including stocks, bonds, a private business, or real estate — so long as the gains are rolled into a Qualified Opportunity Fund within 180 days of the gains being realized.
To learn more about our Opportunity Zones Program or to view our current Opportunity Zone offerings, please request access to the Cadre platform.
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Opportunity Zones Disclosure: This discussion regarding “Opportunity Zones” is based on provisions of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Jobs Act”) and relevant guidances, including, among other things, two sets of proposed regulations issued by the IRS and Treasury Department. A number of unanswered questions still exist and various uncertainties remain as to the interpretation of the Jobs Act and the rules related to Opportunity Zones investments. As such, we cannot predict what impact, if any, additional guidance, including future legislation, administrative rulings or court decisions will have on such unanswered questions and uncertainties and there is risk that any investment marketed as an Opportunity Zone investment will not qualify for, and investors will not realize the benefits they expect from, an Opportunity Zone investment.
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1 Where the gain is earned through a partnership or joint venture that does not roll the gain into an O-Fund, an individual partner can choose to start their 180 day clock at the end of the tax year of that partnership. For more information, please refer to the Cadre FAQ.
2 Potentially double your after-tax profits compared to a typical portfolio refers to the calculated after-tax outcomes for a traditional portfolio and qualified opportunity fund portfolio using the After-Tax Returns Calculator above. Not a prediction or projection of investment performance.
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