Bloomberg Tax
Feb. 25, 2021, 11:00 AM

A Trump Tax Break Kicked Off a Rush to Redraw U.S. Census Maps

Lydia O'Neal
Lydia O'Neal

In hockey, it’s the equivalent of moving the red line.

Two years ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Pennsylvania officials and a union leader, lobbied Donald Trump’s administration to expand an area earmarked for tax incentives so it would include the site where the hockey team is embarking on a $1 billion development project.

The effort paid off. When the U.S. Census Bureau released updated maps this year, the site had been merged into a tract designated an “opportunity zone” under the 2017 tax law. That sets up investors to score generous federal economic development incentives.

Similar maneuvers played out ...

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