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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT OPPORTUNITY ZONES?

If you just landed here from Mars, it may be your first hearing of an Opportunity Zone.

But if you have driven down Ellerbe Road in the Spring Lake area (and south), you should have noticed an expansion of commercial construction. All this is in an Opportunity Zone.

Downtown Shreveport and a huge area in Bossier are in Opportunity Zones.

So what’s the deal? What’s the opportunity? What’s the zone?

It’s really pretty simple. There are big tax breaks available that make a good investment an even better one.

Yes, there are rules that must be followed. But what else is new with the IRS??

Opportunity Zones offer investors incentives for putting their capital to work in designated low-income areas. Many include desirable commercial locations.

Investing in Opportunity Zones defers and lowers federal taxes on capital gains. Tax savings start after five years. The maximum advantage is to hold the business and or property for 10 years.

Example: a developer buys and renovates a building in downtown Shreveport at a cost of $2.5 million. Then he holds the business and property for 10 years and decides to sell at $4 million. The capital gains of 1.5 million is exempt from capital gains tax!

In Shreveport there are 5 designated Opportunity Zones: Downtown/Cross Bayou, Cedar Grove, Hollywood/Mooretown, West Shreveport, and MLK area. These areas are larger than the zone designations may imply.

The Bossier City Opportunity Zone is just south of I-20 and Airline. It runs north along Airline to I-220 and east to Swan Lake and I-220 and along I-20 at Industrial and north to I-220…its huge!

There are many more details that are part of the Opportunity Zone program. Quite frankly they are beyond the scope---and yes, understanding, of this writer.

But guess what?

A free, comprehensive and well staffed seminar is being presented on Friday, May 30 by Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAS in conjunction with Caddo Parish Commission. There will be speakers on the ins and outs of Opportunity Zones.

Breakfast at 7:30 am | Speakers start at 8:15 am | 1000 East Preston Avenue, Shreveport, La | BHP BILLITON Building | Contact # 318-401-9246 | jkane@cricpa.com or eventbrite to register

Opportunity Zone Conference in Shreveport  Stacking construction/tax incentives and Opportunity Zones to power economic development!  We invite you to join us as Carr, Riggs & Ingram partners with the following sponsors to share insights on evolving Opportunity Zone tax strategies:  · Blancard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts  · BRF-EAP  · Caddo Parish Commission  · City of Shreveport  · Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway  · Downtown Development Authority  · Every Man a King Distillery/Revenir Restaurant  · Housing and Urban Development    The Opportunity Zones program offers federal tax incentives for investing realized gains in Qualified Opportunity Funds by offering the deferral, reduction, and potential exclusion of tax on future capital gains.

Opportunity Zone Conference in Shreveport

Stacking construction/tax incentives and Opportunity Zones to power economic development!

We invite you to join us as Carr, Riggs & Ingram partners with the following sponsors to share insights on evolving Opportunity Zone tax strategies:

· Blancard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts

· BRF-EAP

· Caddo Parish Commission

· City of Shreveport

· Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway

· Downtown Development Authority

· Every Man a King Distillery/Revenir Restaurant

· Housing and Urban Development

The Opportunity Zones program offers federal tax incentives for investing realized gains in Qualified Opportunity Funds by offering the deferral, reduction, and potential exclusion of tax on future capital gains.

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