Opportunity Zones

Created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones (OZ) are a federal tax incentive designed to incentivize investors to reinvest capital gains in economically distressed communities, thereby stimulating economic development and job creation. There are eight federally designated Opportunity Zones in the Pikes Peak region. Investors will be able to defer, reduce and potentially eliminate certain federal capital gains taxes by investing their capital gains into Qualified Opportunity Funds.

Tax Benefits:

  • Deferral– No up-front tax bill on the rolled-over capital gain and investors can defer their original tax bill until the earlier of a) December 31, 2026, or b) the sale of the Opportunity Zone investment.
  • Reduction of tax on the rolled-over capital gain investment for long-term holding. A 5-year holding increases the rolled-over capital gains basis by 10%, and a 7-year holding increases the rolled-over capital gain investment basis 5%, for a total of 15%.
  • Tax-free appreciation– If an Opportunity Fund investment is held for ten years, the taxpayer pays no capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Resources:

White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council: Opportunity Zones Best Practices Report to the President

IRS Opportunity Zones FAQS

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Pikes Peak Region Opportunity Zones Prospectus

El Paso County Assessor’s My Community Opportunity Zones Mapping Tool

Contact Us:

Crystal LaTier
Economic Development Executive Director
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-520-6484
crystallatier@elpasoco.com

Kayla Huthoefer Nelson
Economic Development Project Manager
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-520-6448
kaylahuthoefernelson@elpasoco.com