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South Carolina
Opportunity Zones

A new national community investment program connecting private capital
to low-income communites across America

What are Opportunity Zones?

Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress as a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, they are designed to encourage long-term private investments in low-income communities. This program provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into "Opportunity Funds," which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called "Opportunity Zones."

The zones themselves are to be comprised of low-income community census tracts and designated by governors in every state. South Carolina designated 25 percent of qualifying census tracts as an Opportunity Zone. Qualifying Zones are based on the 2011-2015 American Community Survey.

Join us for the Governor’s Opportunity Zones Summit on January 25, 2019

Governor Henry McMaster

Led by Governor McMaster and in partnership with the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), the state of South Carolina will present the Governor’s Opportunity Zones Summit on January 25, 2019 in Columbia, S.C.

Hosted at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the one-day Summit will feature industry experts, providing the most up-to-date, innovative thinking for business and community leaders to maximize the positive impact of Opportunity Zones.

We are excited about the upcoming Governor’s Opportunity Zones Summit on January 25, 2019. We look forward to a day filled with industry experts, providing the most up-to-date, innovative thinking for business and community leaders to maximize the positive impact of Opportunity Zones. Due to high interest and an overwhelming response, we have reached capacity and registration for the Summit is now closed.

If you would like to add your name to the wait list, please email the Council of Development Finance Agencies at info@cdfa.net to submit your request. Notices will be sent in mid-January of any potential openings.

If you’d like to receive further communication about future Opportunity Zones events in South Carolina, please email your contact information to OpportunityZones@sccommerce.com.

S.C. Governor’s Opportunity Zones Summit
January 25, 2019

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am
9:00 am
Welcome and Overview
9:15 am
Governor’s Address
9:30 am
Opportunity Zones Fundamentals
10:30 am
Networking Break
10:45 am
Investment Strategies in Opportunity Zones
(Real Estate, Business, Housing and Infrastructure)
Keynote Lunch and Discussion Tables
1:30 pm
Who are Opportunity Fund Investors?
2:15 pm
Networking Break
2:30 pm
Using Opportunity Fund Capital with Other Development Finance Tools
3:30 pm
Call to Action: South Carolina’s Opportunity Zones Strategy
4:00 pm
Adjourn for Refreshments
**Agenda Subject to Change
SC Opportunity Zone Data

Focus Areas:

  • Promoting economic vitality parts of the state that have not shared in the general prosperity over the past few years
  • Funding the development of workforce and affordable housing in areas with escalating prices and inventory shortages
  • Funding new infrastructure to support population and economic growth
  • Investing in startup businesses who have potential for rapid increases in scale
  • Upgrading the capability of existing underutilized assets through capital improvement investments

How to Use this Map

This is an interactive map.
Mapping and data tools are available to aid in identifying census tracts for Opportunity Zones - click on a tract below to find more.
Highlighted tracts were approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

*This address locator is provided as a service to help potential investors determine the likelihood that a particular address falls within an Opportunity Zone. It is not meant to provide a definitive judgement on the qualification of a particular address and should not be used as such. It is advised that all prospective participants in the Opportunity Zone program consult the County of record for a more detailed analysis of the parcel in question as well as evaluate the regulations put forth by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Click here to view the approved census tracts as a PDF

What are the incentives that
encourage long-term investment in low-income communities?

The Opportunity Zones program offers investors the following incentives for putting their capital to work in low-income communities:

  • Investors can roll existing capital gains into Opportunity Funds with no up-front tax bill.
  • A 5 year holding increases the rolled-over capital gains basis by 10%
  • A 7 year holding increases the rolled-over capital gain investment basis 5% for a total of 15%
  • Investors can defer their original tax bill until December 31, 2026 at the latest, or until they sell their Opportunity Fund investments, if earlier.
  • Opportunity fund investments held in the fund for at least 10 years are not taxed for capital gains.
  • Read the recently released Proposed Opportunity Zones Regulations to learn the parameters of the program, including what gains qualify for deferral, which taxpayers and investments are eligible and other guidance.


Federal Government Resources:

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