Empowerment Zone Designations Automatically Extended Through 2025

The termination date for an empowerment zone designation under Code Sec. 1391 is generally deemed to extend until December 31, 2025. However, the state or local government that nominated the zone may decline the deemed extension.

Empowerment Zone Designation Termination Dates
Empowerment zone designations generally continue until the termination date selected by the government that nominated the zone (the designated termination date), or the termination date established by legislation (the statutory termination date).

The statutory termination date has been extended multiple times, with each extension deemed to extend the designated termination date as well. Most recently, the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 ( P.L. 116-260) extended the statutory termination date to December 31, 2025. Thus, the designated termination dates for all empowerment zones are also deemed to be extended to December 31 2025.

A state or local government may decline the extension via a written notification to the IRS by May 25, 2021. The notification must be faxed to Bruce Chang, CC:ITA:B07, at (855) 576-2341.

Rev. Proc. 2020-16, I.R.B. 2020-27, 10, is obsoleted for tax years beginning after 2020.

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