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Opportunity Zones

Plante Moran

Opportunity knocks. We’ll help you answer.

Do you want to unleash the power of the Opportunity Zone Program, but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you concerned about the burden of compliance or the effort to decipher technical tax laws? What’s your strategy for attracting investors or finding funding sources for your community? With nearly 9,000 designated opportunity zones across the country, these areas represent significant untapped potential — for those who know how to leverage the program.

We can help. Our specialists bring diverse and deep perspectives with backgrounds that cover operating businesses, technical tax laws, real estate investments, the governmental sector, private equity, franchises, and numerous other industries. We’ve invested countless hours immersing ourselves in the program and know how it can benefit developers, operating businesses, funds, investors, municipalities, and mission-driven organizations. Our team has been on the forefront of this program, publicly commenting on guidance, presenting at national conferences, and developing articles and webinars to help you take advantage of this opportunity.

From complex transaction structuring and regulatory compliance to fund formation and assisting municipalities in promoting their zones, our team will work with you to power this new tax incentive to your advantage. Done right, opportunity zones will transform communities and the businesses and people that call them home, while providing substantial tax benefits to the investors funding such growth. Let us be a part of the change in your community.


Opportunity zones

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5 min read
The impact of COVID-19 on opportunity zones

The ongoing pandemic has resulted in additional relief for qualified opportunity funds, opportunity zone businesses, and investors. Here’s what you need to know.

Gordon Goldie
Article January 26, 2021 5 min read
Are opportunity zones for you? Five questions to ask
Valerie Grunduski
Article November 6, 2020 4 min read
Opportunity zones: Investment havens or taxation minefields?
Valerie Grunduski
Article April 15, 2020 5 min read

Opportunity Zones Thought Leadership

  • The impact of COVID-19 on opportunity zones

    The ongoing pandemic has resulted in additional relief for qualified opportunity funds, opportunity zone businesses, and investors. Here’s what you need to know.

    Gordon Goldie Valerie Grunduski Lucas Visser Zachary Youseff
    Article January 26, 2021 5 min read
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  • Are opportunity zones for you? Five questions to ask

    An increasing number of investors are considering opportunity zones because of their significant tax advantages. But are they the right alternative investment for you? Kurt Piwko and Valerie Grunduski discuss key points to consider via Kiplinger.

    Valerie Grunduski Kurt Piwko
    Article November 6, 2020 4 min read
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  • What developers need to know about economic development incentives

    Real estate developers, like many, are facing delays and increased costs associated with their development projects. Have you considered applying for economic development incentives to bolster your capital stack?

    Tori Manix Plante Moran REIA
    Article August 31, 2020 4 min read
    Low Angle View Of Scaffolding On Real Estate Building
  • What is the optimal Qualified Opportunity Fund structure?
    The IRS and Treasury have just released the final regulations for the Opportunity Zone program. Now that we know more details, here are questions you should be asking to assess the optimal fund structure to reach your goals.
    Valerie Grunduski Gordon Goldie
    Article February 20, 2020 10 min read
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Capital Gains Opportunity Fund

Working with Plante Moran on opportunity zones has been a truly enjoyable experience. Considering that opportunity zones are brand new, the knowledge and solutions our team at Plante Moran offers on a daily basis is remarkable. One of the biggest benefits we’ve received from working with them is that they don’t just understand the tax law and what it requires – they also have practical solutions and know how to apply the law and how to use it.

As a lawyer, I understand the law, but I can’t work it – that’s what our team at Plante Moran helps me do. When I ask a question, I appreciate that the answer is never just “No”. Even when I have a request that would be difficult (and maybe impossible) to pull off, the team starts working on the problem and thinking through our options and the numbers, then they tell me what’ll work and what won’t work. From a business perspective, this is crucial – the innovative and practical solutions the team offers are benefits I wouldn’t get from working with a law firm on opportunity zones.

Elliot Newman Managing director, Capital Gains Opportunity Fund

Reinvest. Redevelop. Revitalize.

Our opportunity zones leader, Valerie Grunduski knows how vital it is to connect strategic partners and communities with the resources and incentives of this valuable program. “We’ve been deeply entrenched in the regulations and application of them since day one,” she says. “It’s exciting to collaborate with stakeholders, unveil creative solutions, and watch communities rise.”