Letters Sent to Taxpayers Missing Qualified Opportunity Fund Information

Did you invest in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF) in 2021? If so, you may have received, or may still get, a letter from the IRS if you need to take additional actions related to that investment. These letters are sent to taxpayers to inform them that the annual certification of investment standard is missing, invalid or the calculation isn’t supported by the amounts reported. If you intend to maintain your certification as a QOF, you may need to take additional action to meet the annual self-certification of the investment standard requirement.

To correct the annual maintenance certification of the investment standard, taxpayers should file an amended return or an administrative adjustment request (AAR). If you receive the letter and fail to act, the IRS may refer the issue for further examination. Additionally, taxpayers may receive Letter 6502, Reporting Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) Investments, or Letter 6503, Annual Reporting Of Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) Investments. These letters notify taxpayers that they may not have properly followed the instructions for Form 8997, Initial and Annual Statement of Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) Investments. This may happen if it appears that you may not have properly followed the requirements to maintain your qualifying investment in a QOF with the filing of the form.

Finally, if you intend to maintain a qualifying investment in a QOF, you can file an amended return or an AAR with a properly completed Form 8997 attached. Failure to act will mean those who received the letter may not have a qualifying investment in a QOF and the IRS may refer their tax accounts for examination.

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