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U.S. Treasury Department OKs Opportunity Zones For Arkansas, Governor Hutchinson Announces

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May 18, 2018

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Governor’s Office | State Capitol | 500 Woodlane Street, Suite 250 | Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 18, 2018
U.S. Treasury Department OKs Opportunity Zones For Arkansas, Governor Hutchinson Announces  Federal program encourages long-term investment in low-income areas
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson received word today that the U.S. Treasury Department has approved his nominations for Arkansas’s 85 Opportunity Zones, a program that Congress established in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 
“Treasury’s approval means that some of our communities that are struggling economically will have the chance to enjoy the new opportunities that come with fresh thinking and new investment,” Governor Hutchinson said. “This money is a down-payment on a better quality of life for many Arkansans.”
Opportunity Zones is an incentive program that allows private investors to defer payment of taxes on capital gains on profits they earn on investments in the certified zones. They must invest the money through a corporation or partnership that was organized for the specific purpose of investing in Opportunity Zones.
The investor’s fund must hold at least 90 percent of its assets in qualifying property. The eligible zones are based on U.S. Census tracts, and governors of each state were allowed to nominate up to 25 percent of eligible tracts.
Arkansas has 337 qualified tracts, and Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) officials said the nominations were based on the potential to attract investment and the likelihood of economic success.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission will work closely with communities to find the right investment opportunities, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston said. 
The next step in the process is for the IRS to issue the rules and regulations.
A list of nominated zones can be found HERE (t.e2ma.net/click/ds6jyd/l6umiab/5lk00ac), and a map of nominated zones can be found HERE (t.e2ma.net/click/ds6jyd/l6umiab/lel00ac). For more information on Opportunity Zones, visit HERE (t.e2ma.net/click/ds6jyd/l6umiab/16l00ac). 
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