Created by Colorado House Bill 2022 - 1083 (HB22-1083), the Colorado Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit provides a tax credit to Colorado taxpayers that contribute to eligible homelessness related projects within Colorado. When taxpayers make a certified contribution, they can claim:
- 25% of their donation (monetary or value of in-kind) as a state income tax credit if contributed to a qualified project located in a non-rural community.
- 30% of their donation (monetary or value of in-kind) as a state income tax credit if contributed to a qualified project located in a rural community.
This new tax credit replaces a portion of an existing income tax credit available to taxpayers who make contributions to Enterprise Zone Administrators in Enterprise Zones to promote homelessness related projects to persons experiencing homelessness. This is a new Homeless Contribution Tax Credit that is available in the entire state for a broader range of homelessness response related activities.
The Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit is administered by the Division of Housing in the Department of Local Affairs. A taxpayer may claim the Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit when permissible contributions are made to an approved organization that has at least one qualifying activity.
The amount of the Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit is 25% for each contribution made to nonprofit organizations based in urban areas, and 30% for contributions made in an underserved, rural county.
The Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit is capped at $750,000 for the value of tax credits that may be issued per income tax year by a nonprofit organization for one approved project that includes either (1) approved, qualifying services, or (2) an approved, qualifying capital campaign. There is an additional $750,000 cap for contributions toward all additional approved, qualifying projects. Individual taxpayers may receive up to $100,000 in credit per year. The Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit's availability is limited to four years, and any credit in excess of a taxpayer's liability for the income tax year for which the credit is claimed may be carried forward for up to five years.
Donor Communication Resources:
- Donor Communication Guide
- Donor-Submitted Contribution Letter Guide Template
- Taxpayer Handbook
- Contact email@example.com for the link to the online contribution form for donors
Both new and existing entities may qualify for the credit.
Nonprofit organizations need to be legal under both state and federal law and in good standing.
- Submit eligibility verification form by registering on the HCTC Salesforce platform.
- For security purposes, you will need to download the Salesforce Authenticator app in order to register and log in. See our step-by-step Multi-factor Authentication Guide for setting up this app.
- Resources for submission:
Eligible Taxpayer Contributors
Any Colorado taxpayer can support a Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit project located anywhere in the State of Colorado. A taxpayer is an individual resident or an eligible domestic or foreign corporation, a partnership, S corporation, or other similar pass-through entity, and a partner, member, and subchapter S shareholder of such a pass-through entity.
The taxpayer cannot directly benefit from the contribution. Cash contributions must be a minimum of $100. The total value of tax credits allowed per taxpayer per year may not exceed $100,000.