IRS has issued guidance easing deadlines for Opportunity Zones!

IRS Notice 2020-23 provides that if a taxpayer’s 180-day period to invest gain in an opportunity fund would have expired between April 1 and July 14, 2020, the taxpayer now has until July 15, 2020 to make the investment.

Qualified Opportunity Zone Offerings

Tax Advantaged, Community Impact Real Estate Projects

Overview of the Opportunity Zone Program

Mark Ein, founder and CEO of Capitol Investment, discusses the Opportunity Zone legislation that allows investors to defer taxes on capital gains if they invest in designated areas.

Temporary Deferral

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new section of the Tax Code (26 U.S. Code § 1400Z) providing tax incentives for investments in targeted areas in the United States through investment vehicles called Opportunity Funds.

Step-Up In Basis

The purpose of Opportunity Funds is to promote economic development in these select communities, known as Opportunity Zones, by offering investors substantial Federal tax advantages that are only available through the new program.

Permanent Exclusion

Investors in an Opportunity Fund not only defer and reduce their existing capital gains tax liability, they can also eliminate future capital gains tax on returns earned from the Opportunity Fund.

“Opportunity Zone investing provides a generational opportunity to compound wealth. Pinnacle Partners is an early first mover in opportunity zones, and has been able to close multiple projects and build a strong pipeline of future opportunities."

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Opportunity Zone Map

Opportunity Zones are census tracts designated by Federal and state governments based on their lower income demographics. The program was created to incentivize investment within these communities by providing material tax benefits to U.S. investors who re-invest any form of capital gains into opportunity funds.

Illustrative Opportunity Zone Timeline

Jan 1, 2020

Taxpayer generates a capital gain of $1M and is eligible for tax benefits if the gain is reinvested into an OZ-Fund within 180 days.

June 30, 2020
Investment + Deferral

Taxpayer invests the $1M gain into a qualified OZ-Fund and defers paying the $238k of tax liability until the earlier of (i)the investment sale date, or (ii)December 31, 2026.

June 30, 2026
Year 6 Tax Reduction

Deferred capital gains tax reduced by 10%. $238k tax liability is reduced to $214k.

Dec 31, 2026
Tax Recognition Date​

If the asset has not yet been sold, taxpayer must pay the $214k deferred capital gain tax liability.

June 30, 2030
​Tax Recognition Date

Taxpayer’s $1M OZ-Fund investment has appreciated 7%annually since 2020 and is sold for $2M. Since the asset has been held for 10 years, taxes on the$1M of OZ-Fund capital gains are eliminated, generating significantly higher after-tax profits than a similar investment that is exposed to capital gains taxation.

Pinnacle Opportunity Zone Projects

Strategic Approach

  • Pinnacle is a source of strategic capital for select best-in-class JV Partnerships that include developers, owners and users with actionable opportunities in target Opportunity Zone markets.
  • These relationships provide us with a unique sourcing advantage, as well as local market development and repositioning expertise.

Tax-efficient Investing

  • Targeted $100M in capital available for JV equity investment.
  • Our investor universe is sourced from low-basis capital asset holders, entrepreneurs, executives, business owners and real estate experts.
  • Board of advisors provides unique subject matter expertise.

Investment Parameters

  • Our investors have an opportunity to review projects on a deal-by-deal basis.
  • Target OZ markets: Washington, Oregon, and California.*
  • Experienced development partners in each target market.
  • Single fund for each investment.

*Other markets will be considered with developer/investor relationships.

About Us


Leo Backer

Managing Partner
30+ year real estate experience
Leads developer partnerships
Real estate due diligence oversight

Jeff Feinstein

Managing Partner
30+ year technology executive
Real estate fund investment experience
Leads investor relations and OZ compliance

Sandi Heffernan

Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for financial reporting
and accounting operations
Investor communications

Pinnacle Partners was established by local real estate professionals, entrepreneurs and finance experts to create a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF). Our team has decades of experience in real estate, public and private company operations, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds and tax incentives. Pinnacle Partners will create long-term tax advantaged opportunities.

Advisory Board

Peter Joers

Investment Advisor
SilverCreek Capital

Joe McCarthy

Real Estate Law & Stoel Rives LLP

Eric Jones

Foushee Construction

A-P Hurd

President SkipStone Instructor College of Built Environments at UW

David Eskenazy

Chairman of the Board
Cogir Management USA

Walt Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Avenue5 Residential

Professional Advisors

Cairncross & Hempelmann

Berntson Porter & Company PLLC