EZ State Income Tax Credit Summary

Colorado’s EZ program provides state income tax credits to encourage businesses to locate/expand in economically distressed areas of the state. Select Weld communities/locations have state EZ designation. Pre-certified companies that locate/expand within the physical boundaries of the EZ are eligible to earn a variety of state income tax credits, as summarized below and detailed in the EZ Income Tax Credit Guide in the download center.

Annual Pre-Certification Required – Businesses MUST obtain pre-certification each year prior to engaging in an activity they intend to claim a credit on. The Colorado online EZ pre-certification and certification process can be accessed at www.choosecolorado.com/ez. Companies can pre-certify up to 3 months prior to the start of the upcoming tax year and pre-certification is not retro-active to the beginning of the tax year. See Pre-Certification and Certification User Guides in the Download Center.

Weld County Contribution Projects – Upstate also certifies tax credits for individual/business contributions to approved, non-profit projects that help to improve conditions within the distressed EZ boundaries, helping to implement the economic development plan for the zone. See current list of approved Weld County Contribution Projects in the download center.

EZ State Income Tax Summary
Investment Tax Credits
     Equipment Credit 3% of eligible equipment purchases
     Commercial Vehicle Credit 1.5% of eligible commercial vehicle purchases
Business Facility New Employee Credits
     New Employee Credit $1,100 per eligible new employee hired
     Ag Processing Credit $500 add’l per eligible employee hired
     Health Insurance Credit $1,000 add’l per eligible employee hired first 2 years in EZ
Job Training Investment Tax Credit 12% of qualified training expenses
R&D Activities Tax Credit 3% of increased R&D expenditures
Vacant Building Rehab Tax Credit 25% of eligible rehab expenditures (hard costs)
Approved Contribution Project Credit 25% of cash contribution/12.5% of in-kind contribution

Enterprise Zone Interactive Map

Click link below to search the address, latitude/longitude, Section/Township/Range, API number and more. Under the Layers tab, click Enterprise zone overlay

EZ Interactive Map

Colorado Interactive EZ Map

Click link below for state-wide EZ map and more program information.

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For program questions or assistance, contact:


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