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Investing in Opportunity Zone Funds for Business and Sustainable Construction

This piece originally appeared in the August 2023 edition of MortgagePoint magazine.

Opportunity Zones have gained recognition as a powerful investment tool for real estate development in economically distressed areas. However, the investment potential extends far beyond real estate. Businesses operating within these zones can also reap significant benefits, while investors have the opportunity to support their missions, especially firms that promote sustainable construction practices and contribute to addressing the global environmental crisis.

In this article, we will explore the advantages of investing in businesses within Opportunity Zones; how this strategy can generate higher returns for investors, while benefiting local communities and avoiding taxes; and highlight the benefits of sustainable construction. By understanding the potential of these investments, investors can maximize their returns, promote green building initiatives, and actively shape the future of the construction industry.

What Are Opportunity Zones Funds for Businesses
Opportunity Zones are designated economically distressed areas in the country where investors can enjoy preferential tax treatment on investments in businesses that meet specific criteria. To qualify, these businesses must be located within an Opportunity Zone, generate at least 50% of their gross income from active business conduct within the Zone, and have a substantial portion of their tangible property within the Zone.

Investing in businesses within Opportunity Zones offers significant tax benefits, such as deferring capital gains taxes, reducing the tax basis, and even eliminating capital gains taxes on new investments if held for a specific period. This makes investing in Opportunity Zone businesses an attractive option for investors seeking to maximize their returns, while contributing to the economic growth of underprivileged communities.

How the Local Community Can Reap the Benefits
Investing in businesses in Opportunity Zones can have a transformative impact on local communities. By injecting much-needed capital into these areas, investors can help create new job opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and improve the overall quality of life for residents. Additionally, successful businesses within Opportunity Zones can attract more investors and entrepreneurs, creating a positive cycle of development and revitalization.

Why Investors Should Pay Attention to These Opportunities
Investing in businesses within Opportunity Zones can offer several benefits for investors:

  • Tax advantages: Investors can defer their capital gains taxes by reinvesting them into an Opportunity Zone fund. Furthermore, the tax basis can be reduced by up to 15% if the investment is held for at least seven years, and any capital gains on the Opportunity Zone investment can be completely tax-free if held for at least 10 years.
  • Higher returns: While real estate investments in Opportunity Zones can generate attractive returns, investing in businesses has the potential for even higher returns. As these businesses grow and succeed, their value can appreciate significantly, offering substantial profits for investors.
  • Diversification: By investing in businesses within Opportunity Zones, investors can diversify their portfolios beyond traditional real estate investments, reducing their overall risk and exposure to market fluctuations.
  • Social impact: Investors have the opportunity to create a positive social impact by supporting businesses that contribute to the revitalization of economically distressed communities. Investing in sustainable and socially responsible companies can align their financial goals with their values, promoting a more equitable and sustainable future.

Maximizing Opportunity for Business Investments and Sustainable Construction
Investing in Opportunity Zone businesses that specialize in sustainable construction provides investors with financial advantages, while supporting green building practices, sustainability, and efforts to address the global environmental crisis. By allocating capital to companies that prioritize sustainable construction solutions, investors actively contribute to reducing waste, conserving resources, and promoting energy-efficient building practices.

By seizing this rare investment opportunity, investors align their financial goals with their commitment to creating a positive impact on the environment and promoting a greener and more sustainable environment.

Through Opportunity Zone funds, investors can maximize returns, support local communities, and actively shape the future of the construction industry. Together, we can harness the potential of Opportunity Zones, driving economic growth while addressing the pressing challenges of our time.

Although real estate investments within Opportunity Zones have garnered significant attention, business investments in these areas remain untapped potential for many investors and must be explored. By understanding the advantages of investing in businesses within Opportunity Zones, investors can unlock new opportunities for wealth creation and community development.

About Author: John Wolfington

John Wolfington is Principal of Exceler Building Solutions, a designer and manufacturer of exterior building panels with a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled facility and national delivery capabilities based in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. John began his career working for his father in the automotive and transportation industry, leasing commercial and personal vehicles before eventually pursuing his passion in real estate development.

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