Opportunity Zones vs. 1031 Exchanges: Weighing the Options

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While the tax benefits of Section 1031 exchanges in commercial real estate are well-known to most practitioners, the new qualified opportunity zone program now offers another approach to deferring or eliminating taxable gain. Qualified opportunity zone investments in commercial property can be similar to 1031 exchanges, to defer taxes, but the differences in tax implications can be significant when there is a disposition of the property. Plus, the lack of well-established case law, regulations, and other guidance for investments in qualified opportunity zones creates risks - risks that should be considered carefully before investing in opportunity zones. Join CCIM Institute and experts Dr. Mark Lee Levine, CCIM and Libbi Levine Segev, JD, LLM to hear how you can best leverage both options and tackle the unique challenges of each. Of course, there are other alternatives that will be examined, beyond undertaking the use of an Opportunity Fund or a 1031 transaction.

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