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Pietra G. Zaffram, Member, Harris Beach PLLC to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Qualified Opportunity Funds: Navigating Implications for Real Estate and Investors

New York, NY, January 09, 2019 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Pietra G. Zaffram, Member, Harris Beach PLLC will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Qualified Opportunity Funds: Navigating the Currents Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for February 6, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET.

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About Pietra G. Zaffram
Ms. Zaffram negotiates and drafts a broad range of corporate and transactional documents, including business contracts, software license agreements, consulting agreements and nondisclosure agreements.

Ms. Zaffram represents clients in federal and New York state tax disputes from the audit level through the appellate process with respect to controversies involving taxes such as business tax, personal income tax, and sales and use tax. She assists companies in obtaining tax savings through transactions with industrial development agencies, and consults with clients to obtain tax savings through the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program. In connection with her economic development practice, Pietra provides counsel to clients regarding the federal Opportunity Zones program.

Additionally, Ms. Zaffram conducts corporate investigations, including those involving financial components and compliance issues arising across numerous states. Her investigative experience involves not only internal investigations, but also investigations conducted in the light of external components, such as government compliance and enforcement, which involves a detailed understanding and application of complex accounting principles, and the intersection of such principles with corporate financial statements.

About Harris Beach PLLC
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms according to The National Law Journal and ranks as a BTI Elite law firm based on in-depth interviews of more than 600 corporate counsel at the world’s largest and most influential companies. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, science and technology, veterinary medicine, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 220 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.


The Tax Cut and Jobs Act authorized each governor to designate certain census tracts as “Qualified Opportunity Zones” (“QOZs”). Taxpayers realizing capital gains after December 31, 2018 can invest the cash realized from those events in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (“QOF”) for investment in a QOZ and take advantage of tax benefits, including deferral and partial reduction of their initial capital gain and complete avoidance of capital gain upon sale of the qualified asset. These benefits are subject to a myriad of rules, and companies must still be wary of the evolving tax regulations and other guidance.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group as they provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the implications of QO Fund for real estates and investors. Speakers will also discuss best practices to overcome challenges while maximizing opportunities.

Key topics include:
· Qualified Opportunity Funds: An Overview
· Requirements and Tax Considerations
· Leveraging Opportunities
· Legal and Economic Risk Issues and Challenges
· 2019 Outlook

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
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