Colorado Enterprise Zone Program

The Colorado Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program is designed to promote a business-friendly environment by offering state income tax credits. Taxpayers investing in Enterprise Zones can earn a credit on their Colorado income tax by planning and executing specific economic development activities. Some of these credits can be carried over for up to 5 years in certain cases.

Enterprise Tax Credits May Include:

Thornton Enterprise Zone
  • Investment Tax Credit: Providing businesses a tax credit of 3% for equipment purchases.
  • New Employee Credit: A tax credit offering businesses $1,100 per new job created.
  • Health Insurance: Offers businesses $1,000 per insured job. Available for the first two years in a State Enterprise Zone.
  • Job Training: Companies implementing a qualified job-training program for their employees may claim an income tax credit of 12% of their eligible training costs.
  • Research and Development Tax Credit: A tax credit of up to 3% for businesses, depending on the increase of a company’s research and development expenditures within an Enterprise Zone during the previous two income tax years.
  • Commercial Vehicle Investment Tax Credit: Offers businesses a state income tax credit of up to 1.5% on commercial trucks, truck tractors, tractors, or semitrailers, as well as associated parts.
  • Vacant Building Rehab: Allows owners or tenants of a building that is located in an Enterprise Zone, is at least 20 years old, and has been completely vacant for at least two years to claim a tax credit of 25% of the cost (up to $50,000) for rehabilitating the building for commercial use.
  • Manufacturing/Mining Sales and Use Tax Exemption: A tax credit that expands on the Sales and Use Tax exemption offered by the State.

To take advantage of these credits you must be located in a State Enterprise Zone. Confirm your location in an Enterprise Zone, pre-certify, and begin receiving tax credits by going to https://choosecolorado.com/doing-business/incentives-financing/ez/. Pre-certification takes less than 10 minutes!

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For more information contact:
Thornton Economic Development Office
303-538-7605 · [email protected]