April 20, 2019

HB 13-1142: Modifying Four Tax Credit Programs Under the Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act

On January 18, 2013, Rep. Dickey Hullinghorst and Sen. Rollie Heath introduced HB 13-1142 – Concerning Reforms to the “Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill:

  • Commencing Jan. 1, 2014, requires the director of the Colorado office of economic development and the Colorado economic development commission (commission) to review the enterprise zone designations at least once every 10 years to ensure that the existing zones continue to meet the statutory criteria to qualify as an enterprise zone.
  • For credits certified on or after Jan. 1, 2014, limits the amount of an income tax credit that may be claimed in an income tax year for qualified investments in an enterprise zone to the sum of the taxpayer’s actual tax liability for the income tax year up to $5,000, plus 50 percent of any portion of the tax liability for the income tax year that exceeds $5,000 up to a maximum of $1 million.
  • Allows a taxpayer to appeal to the commission for a credit in excess of the $1 million limit.
  • Requires the commission to annually post information regarding certified investment tax credits on its web site or the Colorado office of economic development’s web site.
  • Increases the income tax credit for investments made in a qualified job training program in an enterprise zone for income tax years commencing on and after Jan. 1, 2014, from 10 percent of the total investment to 12 percent.
  • Increases the income tax credit for establishing a new business facility in an enterprise zone for income tax years commencing on and after Jan. 1, 2014, from $500 for each new business facility employee to $1,100.
  • Increases the income tax credit for each new business facility employee in an enterprise zone who is insured under a health insurance plan or program provided through his or her employer for income tax years commencing on and after Jan. 1, 2014, from $200 per such employee to $1,000.
  • On Feb. 28, the Finance Committee took testimony and delayed action on the bill to a future date.

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