Employer-Provided Disaster Relief & COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are looking for tax-advantaged ways to help their employees with additional expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic. Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code provides the answer. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared COVID-19 a national disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency[ … ]

Industry Outlook 2019-2020: Real Estate

Level of Optimism: High Like construction, the real estate industry anticipates a healthy wave of activity in all sectors for 2019. Slowing is anticipated late in 2020, but more likely in 2021. This is good news after several years of relatively flat growth. Office and industrial vacancy rates, for example, are decreasing and leasing rates[ … ]

Benefits of Investing in Opportunity Zones, TCJA

The Opportunities Zones program enacted with the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 offers three tax incentives for investing in certain low-income communities through a qualified Opportunity Fund: temporary deferral, step-up in basis, and permanent exclusion of capital gains. Under this provision, gain from the sale of any type of property that produces capital[ … ]

Industry Outlook 2018: Real Estate

The 2018 CFO Spotlight Survey attracted respondents from a number of industries in Phoenix and Tucson. We will highlight the real estate segment here in terms of growth, risk factors, strengths and trends. Real estate investment and management groups primarily responded to the Survey — two-thirds based in Tucson and one-third based in Phoenix. Optimism[ … ]