Mark Your Calendars for December 31
As the end of the year is approaching, December 31 is marked as an important day for investors. This is the last day to invest in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) and receive the full 15% discount on the tax from the invested gain, recognized on Dec. 31, 2026, and paid in 2027. It also is the first testing date for many QOFs.
Capture Opportunity Zones Full Benefits
December 31, 2019 is the last date to receive the full benefits of the Opportunity Zones program. Starting January 1, there is an additional 5% step up in basis meaning that investments of capital gains made after the end of the calendar year will miss out on the benefit of receiving 100% deferral of that capital gain for as long as the QOF is active, up to a period of seven years. If you have gains and are considering investing in an Opportunity Zone, time is limited to get your money into a QOF and take advantage of the maximum benefit offered by Opportunity Zones.
December 31, 2019 is also the first day that 1231 gains can be invested in a QOF. Starting on this day, calendar year taxpayers are allowed to invest net Section 1231 gain in QOFs during the 180-day period beginning on December 31 of the taxable year during which the gain is realized. This provides for an investment window of net Section 1231 gains from December 31, 2019 through June 28, 2020. However, December 31, 2019 is the only day that 1231 gains can be invested into a QOF while receiving the maximum benefit.
Additionally, for investors holding convertible debt and would like to invest in a QOF, there is still time to convert the debt into equity. QOFs are typically limited to equity investments.
We are only a few weeks away from the testing date for all QOFs. Whether your election to be a fund was in 2018 or 2019, all QOFs will be required to meet the annual testing requirements by December 31, 2019.