What is an Opportunity Fund?
Opportunity Funds were created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. They were designed to encourage investment in distressed communities called "Opportunity Zones" by shielding taxes on capital gains.
What are Opportunity Zones?
Opportunity Zones are census tracts that the 50 states have targeted for economic development. They include parts of Oakland, Detroit, LA, NYC, and Chicago. A zone also covers Puerto Rico. Here is a map of every zone.
Why invest in Opportunity Funds?
Opportunity Funds allow investors to defer federal taxes on any recent capital gains until December 31, 2026, reduce that tax by up to 15%, and pay as little as zero taxes on profits from an Opportunity Fund if held for 10 years.
At Wefunder, it's also part of our Charter to help more founders succeed at starting their businesses. We hope you'd like to help too.
How does the Opportunity Fund choose investments?
We combine our expertise with the wisdom of the crowd. Wefunder hires local community leaders, founders who have sold their companies, and experienced angel investors to help source and vet investments. The Opportunity Fund then matches the dollars contributed from the crowd. Wefunder makes the final decision after compliance and anti-fraud checks.