State income tax credits to encourage businesses to locate or expand in designated, economically distressed areas of the state, including select Weld County communities and locations.

Pre-Certified companies that locate or expand within the physical boundaries of the Enterprise Zone (EZ) are eligible to earn a variety of state income tax credits based on each company’s specific activities primarily related to equipment investment, job creation/training, research, and development activities.

An in-depth boundary recertification process was completed in 2015, and new state-approved EZ boundaries went into effect January 1, 2016.

To determine if a specific location is within the Weld County EZ, see the Weld/Community maps in the Download Center to the right, or click on the link below to the interactive EZ map.

EZ State Income Tax Credit Summary

Investment Tax Credit 3% of Eligible Equipment Purchases
Commercial Vehicle Investment Tax Credit 1.5% of Eligible Commercial Vehicle Purchases
Jobs Tax Credit $1,100 per Eligible New Job Created
Job Training Tax Credit 12% of Qualified Training Expenses
Ag Processing Jobs Credit $500 add’l per Eligible New Job Created
Health Insurance Credit $1,000 add’l per Eligible New Job created first two years
R&D Increase Tax Credit 3% of Increased R&D Expenditures
Vacant Building Rehabilitation Tax Credit 25% of Rehab Expenditures (hard costs)
Manufacturing & Mining Sales/Use Tax Expanded S&U Tax Exemption in EZ
Approved Contribution Projects 25% of cash contribution /12.5% of approved in-kind contribution

See the EZ Brochure in the Download Center for details on the available tax credits.

Upstate also certifies EZ tax credits for individual/business contributions to approved non-profit agencies and/or projects that play a role in implementing the economic development plan for the zone. See the Download Center for a list of the Approved Weld County Contribution Projects.

Download Center

For program questions or assistance, contact:


Cathy Schulte
Senior Vice President & EZ Administrator
970-356-4565
cschulte@upstatecolorado.org

Annual Pre-Certification Required


Colorado has an online EZ pre-certification and certification process at www.choosecolorado.com/ez. Businesses MUST obtain pre-certification each year prior to engaging in an activity for which they intend to earn a credit. Companies can pre-certify up to 3 months prior to the start of the upcoming tax year.

See Pre-Certification & Certification User Guide in the Download Center.

Enterprise Zone Interactive Map

Not sure if the location is in the Enterprise Zone or not? Click on the link below to check the address, latitude & longitude, Section/Township/Range, API number, and more. Under the Layers tab, click Enterprise Zone overlay.

EZ Interactive Map

Colorado Enterprise Zones Information

For more information regarding Enterprise Zones in the State of Colorado, Click Link Below .

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