Enterprise Zone Tax Credits

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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 earn an income tax credit of 12% of their eligible training costs.
  • EZ – New Employee Credit: Businesses increasing their workforce may earn a state income tax credit $1,100 per net new employee.
    • EZ – Agricultural Processor: An additional tax credit of $500 per net new employee may be claimed by businesses adding value to agricultural commodities through manufacturing or processing. 
    •  EZ- Enhanced Rural EZ: An additional tax credit of $2,000 per net new employee may be claimed for businesses in Enhanced Rural EZs – these are re-established every 2 years. EREZ designated counties are highlighted on the map below.
    • EZ – Enhanced Rural Agricultural Processor: An additional tax credit of $500 per net new employee may be claimed if the business is an agricultural manufacturing or processing business in an Enhanced Rural EZ. 
  • EZ – Employer Sponsored Health Insurance: Offers businesses $1,000 per net new employee insured under a qualified health plan for which the employer pays at least 50% of the cost. This credit is available for the first two years the business is located in an enterprise zone. 
  • EZ – Research and Development Tax Credit: Businesses conducting research and development may earn a 3% tax credit on the increase in such expenditures as compared to that of the prior 2 years.  
  • EZ – Vacant Commercial Building Rehabilitation: Encourages redevelopment of vacant commercial property with a 25% credit for the cost of rehabilitation of a building that is at least 20 years old and has been completely vacant for at least 2 years. The credit is limited to $50,000 per building.
  • EZ – Commercial Vehicle Investment Tax Credit: Investment in commercial trucks, truck tractors, tractors, or semitrailers, and associated parts registered in CO and based and used in an EZ may earn the taxpayer a 1.5% credit. 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 support local economic improvements, result in job creation/retention and business expansion, and have the support of the community. Colorado taxpayers may earn a 25% state income tax credit by contributing to targeted efforts. Learn more. 
Enterprise Zone Map

The areas in color on the map below represent EZ territory. The cross-hatch pattern designates Enhanced Rural EZ status for the portions of the county designated enterprise zone.

 

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. Pre-certify each business location as credits are only available for business activity in an Enterprise Zone.

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.
The EZ Legacy Application System must be used for Pre-Certification and Certification applications formatted YY-XXXXXX
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 a 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) and DR 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.
Contribute to an Enterprise Zone Economic Development Project

Enterprise Zone Contribution Projects are managed by local Zone Administrators to encourage public private partnerships to improve the economy for the benefit of the broader Enterprise Zone. Contribution Projects aim to focus community engagement on an economic issue or opportunity to elicit a shift and accomplish a targeted economic development goal within a defined time period.
Enterprise Zone Administrators are focused on managing this program with a strong ethic and focus on job creation/retention and business expansion in the Enterprise Zone.

Please contact a local Enterprise Zone Administrator to learn more about their objectives and to discuss Project opportunities.

The Colorado Economic Development Commission sets policies and review/approves all Contribution Projects within their authority under Colorado statutes. View program policies here.

Colorado taxpayers may earn Colorado income tax credits by contributing to targeted efforts – certification of the contribution is required.
Find a list of active Projects here.

EZ Contributions follow Federal Charitable Contribution rules, learn more from IRS Publication 526.
A taxpayer (individual or business) must make a donation to an approved Enterprise Zone Contribution Project. Provide the charitable organization with your Colorado Account Number (learn how) or the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
The project will provide the taxpayer with a Certificate documenting their contribution. Contact the Project Organization or the Local Zone Administrator with questions.
The taxpayer may claim the tax credit when filing state income taxes for the year in which the donation was made – review the Colorado Department of Revenue Form DR1366.

Other State Incentives for Charitable Contributions

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 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) 913-1557 E: edward.fuerte@denvergov.org
Zone 3: Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone
Counties included: El Paso and Teller Counties
DeAnne McCann El Paso County 200 South Cascade, Suite 150. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 P: (719) 520-6481 E: deannemccann@elpasoco.com
Zone 4: Adams County Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Adams County
Angie Bedolla Adams County Economic Development 12200 Pecos St., Ste 100. Westminster, CO 80234 P: (303) 453-8518 E: abedolla@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 E: tbenson@gjincubator.org
Zone 6: Southwest Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Dolores, Montezuma, San Juan, and portions of Archuleta and La Plata Counties
Terry Blair-Burton Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado 295A Girard St. Durango, CO 81301 P: (970) 247-9621 E: terry@scan.org
Zone 7: Southeast Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, and Prowers Counties
Stephanie Gonzales Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development, Inc. 112 West Elm Street. Lamar, CO 81052 P: (719) 336-3850 E: ezadmin@sccog.net
Zone 8: Northwest Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Clear Creek, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt Counties
Tiffany Phel Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado PO Box 593, Grand Junction, CO 81502 P: (970) 665-1095 E: admin@agnc.org
Zone 9: Northeast Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties
H.J. Greenwood Northeast Colorado Association of Local Governments 231 Main St., #211 Fort Morgan, CO 80701 P: (970) 867-9409 x236 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 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 Darlene McCampbel (Parker Contact) Town of Parker, Economic Development Department 20120 E. Mainstreet Parker, CO 80134 P: (303) 805-3163 E: dmccampbel@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: South Central Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Huerfano, Las Animas and Otero Counties
Walt Boulden South Central Council of Governments 300 S Bonaventure Ave. Trinidad, CO 81082 P: (719) 845-1133 E: ezadmin@sccog.net Danelle Berg (Otero Contact) Otero County P: (719) 241-4992 E: dberg@oterogov.org
Zone 12: San Luis Valley Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties
Kevin Wilkins San Luis Valley Development Resources Group 626 4th St. Alamosa, CO 81101 P: (719) 589-6099 E: kwilkins@slvdrg.org
Zone 13: Region 10 Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties
Michelle Haynes Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning 300 N. Cascade, Suite 1 Montrose, CO 81401 P: (970) 249-2436 E: ezadmin@region10.net
Zone 14: Pueblo Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Pueblo County
Susan Fries Pueblo County Economic Development 215 W. 10th St. Pueblo, CO 81003 P: (719) 583-6321 E: fries@pueblocounty.us
Zone 15: North Metro Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Boulder and Broomfield Counties
Jessica Erickson Longmont Economic Development Partnership 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) 438-6220 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 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 E: lharper@jeffcoedc.org
Zone 18: EAST CENTRAL Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, and Elbert Counties
Candace Payne East Central Council of Governments P.O. Box 28 Stratton, CO 80836 P: (719) 348-5562 E: ecez@prairiedevelopment.com
Zone 19: Central Colorado Enterprise Zone
Counties included: Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Chaffee County North (from Nathrop/CR 162 North)
Jeff Ollinger Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments P: (719) 395-2602 E: jeff.ollinger@uaacog.com Andrew Spencer (Park County Contact) Park County Dept. of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development P.O. Box 1373 Fairplay, CO 80440 P: (719) 836-4298 E: aspencer@parkco.us
Sonya Guram Senior Manager, Enterprise Zone sonya.guram@state.co.us