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Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

Help your community kids today.
Help yourself to a tax credit in April.

We appreciate your interest in helping young children in Boulder. Since monetary contributions to the City of Boulder - Family Services qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit, you may be able to decrease the after-tax cost of your gifts by more than 50 percent. And you don't even have to have children to take advantage of it.

The Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Program provides a state tax credit and a state and federal tax deduction for any contribution made to a qualifying child care organization or fund. The program, which was suspended effective Jan. 1, 2011, has returned in 2013 with some changes.  Tax credits earned through contributions made during 2011 and 2012 may be claimed in a graduated fashion beginning in 2013.

  • For contributions made in 2011, 2012 and 2013, no more than 50% of the total of the tax credits earned plus any carry forward credits may be claimed in 2013;
  • In 2014, no more than 75% of the total of the tax credits earned through contributions made in 2014 plus any accrued carry forward credits may be claimed;
  • In 2015, 100% of the total of the tax credits earned through contribution made in 2015 plus all remaining accrued carry forward credits may be claimed.

Your donation gives kids access to quality child care

This area has on average the fourth highest child care cost of any community in Colorado. As a result moderate- to low-income families face challenges in finding and paying for quality care. Quality care is so important for the critical development which happens in the early years. Your individual or business financial contribution helps make this care more accessible through child care subsidy, training and referral programs.

With funding from multiple agencies, the City of Boulder operates a variety of children’s services programs. These programs are the exclusive recipients of tax credit donations.

Child Care Subsidies and Referral Program: Provides financial assistance to help eligible, low-income families pay for quality child care, and referral services to assist parents in obtaining child care.

Child Care Recruitment and Training Program: Trains new family child care providers thus expanding the number of child care options available to families. This program also provides ongoing quality improvement training to existing child care providers.

How to donate

Making a donation is easy! Just fill out the donation form and send it in. Upon receipt of your donation we will send you the Child Care contribution Tax Credit Certification (DR 1317) certifying your child care contribution.

For more information please review Colorado Dept. of Revenue Publication FYI Income 35 and Colorado Dept. Of Revenue Publication 39-22-121. Full details of the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit rules can be found at the Colorado Department of Revenue website. ( - within the Tax Information Index find the Income Tax section and look under “C” for Child Care Contribution Tax Credit).  Consult your tax advisor as situations vary.

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