Nareit Submits Comments on Proposed Qualified Opportunity Zone Regulations

On Dec. 26, Nareit submitted comments to the IRS and Treasury Department commending them for the recently-issued proposed qualified opportunity zone (QOZ) regulations. The QOZ provision was enacted as part of 2017’s tax reform law and encourages long-term investment in low-income communities (opportunity zones) through deferral (and potential elimination) of “gains.”

Nareit recommended that the final regulations clearly define gain eligible for deferral as including any items of gross gain from depreciable real and personal property used in a trade or business (as defined in section 1231(b)). Nareit also recommended that the 180-day deferral period (within which gains may be deferred) for capital gain dividends of REIT shareholders begin 30 days after the close of the REIT’s taxable year. Similar recommendations were included in comments filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The Real Estate Roundtable.

For more information, see the IRS FAQs on qualified opportunity zones and Nareit’s qualified opportunity zone webpage.

(Contact: Dara Bernstein at dbernstein@nareit.com)

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