AKRON, Ohio – Gov. Mike DeWine today announced that his proposed budget for the 2020-2021 biennium will include a state tax incentive to attract more investment to Ohio’s “Opportunity Zones.” The Opportunity Zone program, which was created by federal legislation in 2017, provides federal tax incentives for investments in low-income census tracts that have been designated as Opportunity Zones. Across the state, Ohio has 320 Opportunity Zones, which were identified by local communities as having high potential for new investment, development, and job creation. The program allows taxpayers to defer any tax owed on capital gains by investing the realized gain in the Opportunity Zone, which are in low-income census tracts. Under the governor’s proposal, Ohio would provide a 10%, nonrefundable income tax credit to those who invest in the state’s Opportunity Zones. “Communities nationwide are competing for private investment in their Opportunity Zones, and we want to give Ohio communities the edge,” DeWine said. The proposal is “Budget-neutral,” using existing tax credit availability to create the new incentive, he noted.