Enterprise Zone Tax Credits


A Platform for Community Development

The Colorado Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program is designed to promote a business-friendly environment in economically distressed areas by offering state income tax credits that incentivize businesses to locate and develop in—and non€profit organizations to assist with the needs of—these communities.

Private-sector business activity encouraged by these income tax incentives brings job opportunities and capital investment to economically distressed areas. The private investment results in tax revenue for school districts, cities, counties and the state, outweighing the costs of the tax credits granted.

List of Enterprise Tax Zone Credits
  • EZ – Job Training: Companies that implement a qualified job-training program for their enterprise zone employees may claim an income tax credit of 12 percent of their eligible training costs.
  • EZ – New Employee Credit: A tax credit offering businesses $1,100 per new job.
    • EZ – Agricultural Processing: A tax credit of $500 per new business facility employee may be claimed by business adding value to agricultural commodities through manufacturing or processing. 
    •  EZ- Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zone New Employee: Offers $2,000 total per new job for new businesses located within an enterprise zone.
    • EZ – New Employee Enhanced Ag Processor Credit: Businesses located in an enterprise zone may be eligible for a credit of $500 per new employee, if the business is an agricultural manufacturing or processing business. 
  • EZ – Health Insurance: Offers businesses $1,000 per insured job available for the first two years in state enterprise zones. 
  • EZ – Research and Development Tax Credit: A tax credit for businesses up to three percent, based on the increase of a company’s research and development expenditures within an enterprise zone during the previous two income tax years. 
  • EZ – Vacant Building Rehab: Allows owners or tenants of a building in an Enterprise Zone that is at least 20 years old and that has been completely vacant for at least two years to claim a tax credit of 25 percent of the cost of rehabilitating the building for commercial use, up to $50,000.
  • EZ – Commercial Vehicle Investment Tax Credit: Offers businesses a state income tax credit up to 1.5 percent on commercial trucks, truck tractors, tractors, or semitrailers, as well as associated parts. Learn more.
  • EZ – Contribution Projects: Enterprise Zone (EZ) Contribution Projects encourage community participation and public-private partnerships to revitalize EZs. EZ Administrators may propose projects for EZ Project status to implement the economic development plan of that specific EZ. EZ Administrators work with their communities to bring forward proposals that meet the economic development needs, result in job creation/retention and business expansion, and have the support of the community. Colorado taxpayers may earn Colorado income tax credits by contributing to targeted efforts. Learn more. 
Enterprise Zone Map

The areas in color on the map below represent EZ territory. Click on a selected area in color for the name of the Administrative Zone and a link to contact information.

Enterprise Zone Administrators

Speak with your local Enterprise Zone Administrator to learn more about the EZ Program, local conditions, and other local incentives. Contacts can be found here.

Apply for Enterprise Zone Business Tax Credits

Pre-Certification: Businesses wanting to claim any of the Colorado Enterprise Zone (EZ) income tax credits (excluding the Contribution Project credit for which pre-certification is not required), must annually pre-certify with their local EZ Administrator to be eligible to claim EZ tax credits. Pre-certification can be completed up to three months in advance of the business’ tax year start date. Pre-certification is approved by the Local EZ Administrator; a business with multiple locations in an EZ may include all locations within that EZ on a single pre-certification application. Businesses with multiple locations in various EZs must complete an application for each EZ.

Certification: A business having pre-certified, and then conducted activities that are eligible for EZ credits, must then complete a certification application and receive approval from the local EZ Administrator. Certification documents must be submitted with your Colorado income tax filing. The Certification document from our on-line application system takes the place of DOR forms DR0074, DR0076 and DR0077.

Apply Start and continue applications for Pre-Certifications and Certification of EZ tax credits. User Guide – Pre-certification and User Guide – Certification
Amend Request that a submitted Pre-Certification or Certification application be re-opened so that you can make changes.
Transfer Request a change in ownership of Pre-Certification or Certification record or add a new contract.

Special Notes about Applying:

  • Investment Tax Credits, Job Training, New Jobs, Health Insurance, Research and Development and Vacant Building Rehabilitation require pre-certification and certification to claim income tax credits.
  • Only taxpayers engaged in business that is legal under both state and federal law are eligible to claim EZ income tax credits – hemp and marijuana related businesses may not be legal at the federal level.
  • Businesses that completed activities normally eligible for EZ credits prior to 1/1/2012 may not file amended income tax returns to claim credits. Businesses with an approved Certification Form for EZ Credits earned prior to 1/1/2012 may request amendments to the form if amending their CO income tax filing.
  • There is no ability to pre-date a Pre-certification Application. For each business income tax year, the business’s eligibility to claim EZ credits is from the point of approved pre-certification or the start of the income tax year, whichever is later, through the end of the income tax year entered by the user.
  • Electronic filing of State Income Tax is generally required. The Certification form(s) andDR 1366 for EZ tax credits must be attached to the electronic filing. If one’s e-file software does not support these attachments, they may be submitted through Revenue Online using the E-Filer Attachment option. Failure to include form DR 1366 may result in the enterprise zone credits being denied. [39-30-111, C.R.S.] For an electronic filing hardship exception, call 303-238-7378.

Find your local zone representative

Click on the map to find your zone representative.
Zone 1: Weld County Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Weld County
Cathy Schulte Upstate Colorado Economic Development 822 7th Street, #550 Greeley, CO 80631 P: (970) 356-4565 F: (970) 352-2436 E: cschulte@upstatecolorado.org
Zone 2: DENVER Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Denver County
Edward Fuerte Denver Office of Economic Development 201 W Colfax, Dept. 1005 Denver, CO 80202 P: (720) 913-1999 F: (720) 913-1800 E: Edward.Fuerte@denvergov.org
Zone 3: PIKES PEAK Enterprise Zone
Counties included: El Paso and Teller Counties
DeAnne McCann 200 South Cascade, Suite 150. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 P: (719) 520-6480 F: (719) 520-6486 E: deannemccann@elpasoco.com
Zone 4: Adams County Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Adams County
Mel Yarber Adams County Economic Development 12200 Pecos St., Ste 100. Westminster, CO 80234 P: (303) 453-8518 F: (303) 453-8505 E: myarber@adamscountyed.com
Zone 5: Mesa County Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Mesa County
Terri Benson The Business Incubator Center 2591 Legacy Way Grand Junction, CO 81503 P: (970) 243-5242 F: (970) 241-0771 E: tbenson@gjincubator.org
Zone 6: SOUTHWEST Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Dolores, San Juan, and portions of Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma Counties
Laura Lewis Region 9 Economic Development District 295A Girard St. Durango, CO 81301 P: (970) 247-9621 F: (970) 247-9513 E: laura@scan.org
Zone 7: SOUTHEAST Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Huerfano, Las Animas and Otero Counties
Walt Boulden South Central COG 300 S Bonaventure Ave. Trinidad, CO 81082 P: (719) 845-1133 F: (719) 845-1130 E: ezadmin@sccog.net Danelle Berg (Otero Contact) Otero County P: (719) 384-6977 E: dberg@oterogov.org
Zone 8: NORTHWEST Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Clear Creek, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt Counties
Bonnie Petersen Assoc. Govts. Of Northwest Colorado P.O. Box 100 Parachute, CO 81635 P: (970) 285-7630 x109 F: (970) 285-0292 E: admin@agnc.org
Zone 9: NORTHEAST Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties
H.J. Greenwood Northeast CALG 231 Main St., #211 Fort Morgan, CO 80701 P: (970) 867-9409 x236 F: (970) 867-9053 E: hgrnwood@necalg.com
Zone 10: SOUTH METRO Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
Nancy Fenton 1000 Englewood Pkwy Englewood, CO 80110 P: (303) 762-2347 F: (303) 783-6895 E: ez@englewoodgov.org Eric Ervin (Littleton Contact) City of Littleton 2255 W. Berry Ave. Littleton, CO 80120 P: (303) 795-3886 E: edee@littletongov.org Weldy Feazell (Parker Contact) Town of Parker, Economic Development Department 19801 Mainstreet Parker, CO 80138 P: (303) 805-6260 E: wfeazell@parkeronline.org Jennifer Henninger (Sheridan Contact) City of Sheridan 4101 S. Federal Blvd. Sheridan, CO 80110 P: (303) 438-3307 E: jhenninger@ci.sheridan.co.us
Zone 11: SOUTHEAST CENTRAL Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Huerfano, Las Animas and Otero Counties
Walt Boulden South Central COG 300 S Bonaventure Ave. Trinidad, CO 81082 P: (719) 845-1133 F: (719) 845-1130 E: ezadmin@sccog.net Danelle Berg (Otero Contact) Otero County P: (719) 384-6977 E: dberg@oterogov.org
Zone 12: SAN LUIS VALLEY Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties
Michael Wisdom San Luis Valley Develop. Resources Group 626 4th St. Alamosa, CO 81101 P: (719) 589-6099 F: (719) 589-6299 E: wisdom@slvdrg.org
Zone 13: REGION 10 Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties
Michelle Haynes Region 10 LEAP 300 N. Cascade, Suite 1 Montrose, CO 81401 P: (970) 249-2436 F: (970) 249-2488 E: ezadmin@region10.net
Zone 14: Pueblo Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Pueblo County
Chris Markuson Pueblo County Economic Development 215 W. 10th St. Pueblo, CO 81003 P: (719) 583-6240 F: (719) 583-6249 E: chris.markuson@co.pueblo.co.us
Zone 15: North Metro Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Boulder and Broomfield Counties
Jessica Erickson Longmont Area Economic Council 630 15th Avenue, Suite 100A Longmont, CO 80501 P: (303) 651-0128 E: ezadmin@longmont.org Roger Caruso (Lafayette Contact) City of Lafayette 1290 S. Public Road Lafayette, CO 80026 P: (303) 661-1262 E: rogerc@cityoflafayette.com Mike Van Den Bosch (Broomfield Contact) City and County of Broomfield One Descombes Drive Broomfield, CO 80020 P: (303) 464-5579 E: mvandenbosch@broomfield.org
Zone 16: Larimer County Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Larimer County
Jacob Castillo Larimer County Workforce Center 200 W Oak St, #5000 Fort Collins, CO 80522 P: (970) 498-6605 F: (970) 498-6673 E: castilja@co.larimer.co.us
Zone 17: Jefferson County Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Jefferson County
Lisa Harper Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation 1667 Cole Blvd., #400 Golden, CO 80401 P: (720) 544-5502 F: (303) 202-2967 E: lharper@jeffcoedc.org
Zone 18: EAST CENTRAL Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, and Elbert Counties
Maryjo Downey East Central COG P.O. Box 28 Stratton, CO 80836 P: (719) 348-5562 F: (719) 348-5887 E: jdowney@prairiedevelopment.com
Zone 19: CENTRAL & SOUTHERN Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Chaffee County North (from Nathrop/CR 162 North)
Cathy Schulte Upstate Colorado Economic Development 822 7th Street, #550 Greeley, CO 80631 P: (970) 356-4565 F: (970) 352-2436 E: cschulte@upstatecolorado.org Linda Balough (Park County Contact) Park County Dept. of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development P.O. Box 1373 Fairplay, CO 80440 P: (719) 836-4298 E: lbalough@parkco.us
Sonya Guram Headshot Sonya Guram Senior Manager, Enterprise Zone sonya.guram@state.co.us