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Food Tax Rebate Applications Available Online March 1, 2021

Each year, the City of Boulder provides rebates to help community members with lower incomes pay for food.

Since passage of a voter initiative in 1967, Boulder has operated the Food Tax Rebate program to help lessen the financial burden on lower income residents for city sales tax paid on food items. The program aims to expand financial support to enhance economic stability in our community.

Rebates for 2020 will be $89 for individuals and $270 for families. To be eligible, applicants must meet certain financial criteria, have been a resident of Boulder for the entire 2020 calendar year and be:

  • age 62 or over for the entire 2020 calendar year; or
  • a person with a disability; or
  • a family with children under 18 years of age in the household for the entire 2020 calendar year.

City residents who do not have permanent shelter are eligible for the refund and can meet the residency requirement by providing documentation that they are receiving services from a city-recognized homelessness services agency.

Those seeking a rebate must fill out an application documenting their eligibility. The application period begins March 1, 2021. Applications must be received in person or postmarked by June 30, 2021. Applicants from 2019 and 2020 will automatically receive an application in the mail. Boulder community members can visit to download and print an application or fill one out through the secure online portal. Printed applications are also available for pickup during business hours at the Main Boulder Public Library located at 1001 Arapahoe Avenue. If possible, applications should be returned by mail or completed online to limit gatherings and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Applications will be available online and at the library in Spanish and English starting March 1. More information on the program is available at or by calling Jay Allen, Program Administrator, at 720-693-3289.

Media Contacts:
Zach McGee, Media Relations, 303-868-6810
Jay Allen, Food Tax Rebate Administrator, 720-693-3289

Published: Feb. 12, 2021