Massachusetts Limits Alternative Zone Advantages


By Joshua Caswell

The Massachusetts Division of Income (DOR) issued a Technical Info Launch on June 17, 2019 (TIR 19-7) meant to tell taxpayers and practitioners of the DOR’s official place on the therapy of Certified Alternative Fund investments. 

The TIR gives that as a result of the Massachusetts private earnings tax guidelines (together with partnership tax guidelines) are based mostly on the IRC as amended on Jan. 1, 2005 and never on the present IRC, people and partnerships that spend money on QOFs received’t have the ability to benefit from the tax advantages enumerated beneath Subchapter Z.  For private earnings tax functions, a taxpayer who elects to defer features beneath Subchapter Z should acknowledge such features for Massachusetts earnings tax functions within the 12 months of the sale or alternate giving rise to such features.  Moreover, the idea adjustment guidelines beneath Subchapter Z don’t apply in calculating the quantity of capital features that have to be acknowledged (for Massachusetts earnings tax functions) on the sale or alternate of a QOF funding.

The TIR additionally gives that as a result of Massachusetts typically conforms to the IRC as at the moment in impact for companies, for company excise tax functions taxpayers who elect to defer capital features beneath Subchapter Z can even defer such features for Massachusetts functions.  Equally, the federal foundation adjustment guidelines beneath Subchapter Z will apply to firms for Massachusetts functions.

Funding By way of Company

Usually, an organization topic to taxation in Massachusetts is topic to a tax based mostly on its web earnings (as outlined in M.G.L c. 63, Part 30) and on both the worth of its tangible property or its web value.  Collectively, these two measures of tax represent the Massachusetts company excise tax.  The efficient tax charge on an organization’s web earnings is eight%, and the tangible private property or web value is taxed at $2.60 per $1,000 of the worth.  The minimal tax is $456.

As with all planning choices, there are a myriad of things to think about when evaluating an funding in a QOF.  Based mostly on TIR 19-7,  people and partnerships topic to taxation in Massachusetts ought to think about as to whether such an funding ought to be made by an organization.


Joshua Caswell is an legal professional with Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg LLP.


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