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2024 Food Tax Rebate from Boulder: Deadline Just Days Away

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Boulder, Colorado residents who haven’t yet applied for the food tax rebate program need to hurry up as the deadline is fast approaching. Eligible residents could get $318 from a food tax rebate from Boulder. The rebate is available to seniors, people with disabilities, families with children under 18 and those who don’t have permanent shelter.

Food tax rebate from Boulder: how to apply

Applications for the food tax rebate from Boulder opened in March, while the deadline to apply is June 30. The rebate is available to residents aged 62 or over, a person with a disability, or a family with children under 18 years. Eligible individuals will get a rebate of $104, while families could get $318.

To qualify for the food tax rebate from Boulder, a person must have lived in the city for the full 2023 calendar year and meet income requirements. Those without a permanent shelter need to provide documentation to show that they are receiving services from a city-recognized homelessness services agency.

The income requirement varies with family size. For instance, the income limit for an individual is $46,500, while for a family of two, it is $53,150. Visit this link to learn more about the income limit.

The application for the food tax rebate from Boulder is available online (in English and Spanish) and can also be downloaded to fill out physically. Those who applied for the food rebate last year will automatically receive an application in the mail.

Applicants can call 303-441-4261 or email [email protected] to get more information on the food tax rebate program.

Not a new program

Boulder’s food tax rebate program was first approved in 1967 through a voter initiative to ease the financial burden on lower-income residents.

“The program aims to expand financial support to help enhance economic stability in our community,” the program’s press release said.

In 2023, the city distributed about 1,100 food rebates totaling around $162,000, including some 679 to seniors, 267 to families with children and the remaining to people with disabilities.

Boulder has distributed 8000 food tax rebates worth over $900,000 since 2014, with 53% of the funds going to older adults, 38% to families and 9% to those with a disability. In 2015, the average rebate amount for older adults and persons with disability was $77, while for families with at least one child under 18 years was $236.

Further, in 2015, 827 people applied for the rebate and all applications were approved, while in 2023, 1093 applications were approved and 148 applications were rejected.  

Separately, Boulder is also seeking volunteers to help with the Food Tax Rebate program. The volunteer will work 5 hours per week, and help authorities process applications and offer administrative support.

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