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Bessemer Historical Society

Preserve the historic records of Colorado's steel working and coal mining communities. The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) touched the lives of tens of thousands of people all over the west. Preserve your past, invest in the future of the next generation. Enterprise Zone tax credits available.

Important note regarding Bessemer Historical Society's Additional Colorado State Tax Credit(s): ENTERPRISE ZONE CONTRIBUTION PROJECTS Enterprise Zone (EZ) Contribution Projects encourage community participation and public-private partnerships to revitalize EZs. EZ Administrators may propose projects for EZ Project status to implement the economic development plan of that specific EZ. EZ Administrators work with their communities to bring forward proposals that meet the economic development needs, result in job creation/retention and business expansion, and have the support of the community. Colorado taxpayers may earn Colorado income tax credits by contributing to targeted efforts. EZ Contributions follow Federal Charitable Contribution rules. A 2018 proposed Federal Rule could reduce one's eligible federal charitable contribution value by the amount of a related state income tax credit. Cash donations to any of Pueblo's approved Enterprise Zone Contribution projects of $250 or more make donors eligible to claim up to a 25% Colorado State income tax credit in addition to other available federal tax incentives. These projects in Pueblo County encourage community participation and public private partnerships to revitalize the Pueblo Enterprise Zone. To donate to one of the Pueblo County Contribution projects, contact one or more of the organizations below for their information. Send your donation of $250 or more directly to the selected organizations with Enterprise Zone Donation listed in the memo line. The organization must request the last four digits of your social security number or your Colorado Account Number to process your donation through the program. Donors having made a certified contribution to an Enterprise Zone Contribution Project may claim 25% of a cash donation as an income tax credit, and half of that amount (12.5%) for an in-kind donation. Donors will receive confirmation of their tax credit from the Enterprise Zone administrator. The actual credit earned is figured based on all eligible contributions during the tax year, and capped at $100,000 per tax-payer with the balance carried forward up to 5 years. For advise on individual tax payer's eligibility contact an accountant.

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Receipts and Tax Credits

You will automatically receive an on-screen acknowledgement letter and an e-mailed copy for your donation. Every donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the full extent permitted by law. If you make a donation to a charity that offers Child Care or Enterprise Zone credits (additional Colorado state tax credits), Community First Foundation will acknowledge that your donation was processed successfully, but the charity will issue you an additional receipt pursuant to that. To learn more about these tax credits, contact the specific nonprofits.

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