What is an Enterprise Zone?
An enterprise zone is a geographical area (often a few blocks or miles in a town) with a 0% tax onfrom the of assets and property sold in an enterprise zone.
How Does an Enterprise Zone Work?
For example, let's say that downtown ABCTown has decayed over the last 10 years. There are many vacant storefronts, a
The state wants people to gentrify the area so that business , jobs come to the area, people invest in improving the area, and the resulting higher property taxes improvements such as roadwork and new landscaping. This, the state believes, will turn downtown ABCTown around. So, it creates an enterprise zone in which all on property are taxed at 0%.
John and Jane Doe hear about this and start looking at houses. They form an LLC and buy a house in the enterprise zone for $55,000. They $15,000 into improving the property. Soon they have a nice house worth $95,000 that they can rent to a college student for $450 a month. They do this for a few years, and over that time more small businesses purchase and fix up homes in the area. This increases the value of the Doe home more—to $100,000. After five years, John and Jane decide to sell the house and travel around the world. Through their business, they sell the house for a $45,000 and don't pay gains on the to the state, them, say, $3,000.
Why Does an Enterprise Zone Matter?
Governments implement enterprise zones when they want to encourage property tax later for the municipality. Thus, from a government perspective, the idea is to forgo a little tax revenue now in order to a of tax revenue later.in certain areas. The D.C. Enterprise Zone is one example. The idea isn't just to make an ugly neighborhood pretty again; when portions of a city are revitalized, the value of the properties in the area increases, which generates more