Colorado sales tax guide Colorado sales tax guide

Colorado

Standard rate: 

2.9% – 11.2%

 

Reduced rate:

0-2.9%

 

Sales tax-free products and services:

  

 

Who is obliged to register sales tax:

When you sell in Colorado, even with no physical location in the state, you need to register to collect and pay sales tax in Colorado.

 

Threshold:

Remote dealers without sufficient physical but with economic presence for establishing nexus in Colorado must register to collect sales tax if they have $100,000  in retail sales. If retail sales are less than $100,000 you don’t need registration.

Merchant thresholds by state

Marketplace thresholds by state

The special rules are applicable to the SAAS business.

Software as Service Tax Thresholds by state

 

Online Marketplaces:

If all your sales in Colorado come from the marketplace reseller platform, in this case you can’t register for paying sales tax in Virginia. Your marketplace promoter pays the sales tax itself.

If you are selling through your own website, then you will need to register for paying sales tax if you meet the $100,000.

The marketplace facilitator should apply to obtain a sales tax license within 90 days after this threshold is exceeded ($100,000 as remote sellers) and begin collecting tax on the first day of the month following the getting of the license.

Marketplace facilitators are responsible for all duties related to the collection of taxes, including:

 Calculating the taxable price;

 Fix the sale and determine the applicable tax rates;

 Determining whether items and services are subject to tax; and

 Determining whether a sale is tax-exempt.

Marketplace facilitators must keep any books, accounts, and records necessary to determine the correct amount of tax for a minimum of 3 years.

 

Registration procedure:

You can be registered online on the Colorado Department of Revenue website.

 

Sales tax payment and filing date: 

Depending on your tax liability, determine your filing frequency – either monthly, quarterly, or Annual:

Annual – $0 – $14.99
Quarterly – $15.00 – $300.00
Monthly – $300.01 and up

Sales tax returns are always due to the 20th day of the month following the reporting period.  If the filing due date falls on a weekend or holiday, sales tax is due the next day. Quarterly filing periods end on the last days of March, June, September, and December.

 

Penalty and interest: 

If you fail to file a return by the due date; pay the tax due by the due date; or pay the correct account, within their return, for all state and state-administered local sales tax due – 10% of the unpaid tax, plus an additional 0.5% for each month the tax remains unpaid, not to exceed a total of 18%.

 

Discounted:

Discounted rate is allowed if: the retailer pays the tax in full prior to the issuance of a notice of deficiency; the retailer pays the tax in full within 30 days of the issuance of a notice of deficiency; or within 30 days of the issuance of a notice of deficiency, the retailer enters into an agreement to pay the tax in monthly installments.

 

Exemption:

You may use an exemption certificate.