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Aspen Colorado Food Sales Tax Refunds On The Rise


Aspen, Colorado has a food sales tax refund program that was initiated “[a]s an incentive to encourage voters to support a sales tax referendum…[of the]… imposition of a 1% City sales tax.”

The Aspen Daily News reports that the “…city has seen a steady increase in the amount of money it gives back to residents through the food sales tax refund.” The food sales tax refund is only for eligible, full-time residents of the city. An applicant must prove that they have lived in the city year-round in order to qualify.

In 2009, that amount totaled $143,150 in refunds. In 2010, the amount was $147,335, and 2011, $155,466. This year, the city representatives indicate they are on track as far as numbers go with a continued steady increase.

The refund provides $50 for each individual “…who lives in the city of Aspen…and if a person is blind, they receive an additional $50. People over the age of 65 qualify for an additional $50, along with a $50 senior citizen allowance. If a person is blind, over 65 years old and is a resident in the city he or she can receive $200.”

What’s Causing The Increase?

According to the Aspen Daily, “The senior population has definitely increased over the past few years, [and]… [t]he community also is less transient than it used to be, so more people live in the city year-round and qualify for the refund.”

The deadline is coming up…the Aspen Colorado City Finance Department website states that residents have until Monday, April 16, 2012 to claim their refund for 2011.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”