Avalara Taxrates > Blog > Sales Tax Rate Changes > Colorado Sales Tax Rate Changes, January 2015 - Avalara

Colorado Sales Tax Rate Changes, January 2015


 Boulder, Colorado: sales tax rates are increasing in 2015.

Numerous sales tax rate changes will take effect in Colorado on January 1, 2015.

Colorado is a home rule state. Citizens in municipalities that have adopted home rule have the full right of self-government in local and municipal matters and greater flexibility when seeking solutions to local problems--which can complicate sales tax compliance. There are currently 100 home rule municipalities in Colorado.

Below are a few of the jurisdictions that will see sales and use tax rate increases next year.

State-collected tax

  • Brush: sales tax increases from 3.6% to 4%; use tax for motor vehicles and building materials increases to 4%.
  • Idaho Springs: sales tax increases from 3% to 4%; use tax for motor vehicles and building materials is 3%.
  • La Veta: sales tax increases from 3% to 3.5%. There is no use tax.
  • Trinidad: the 4% sales tax is extended, as is the 4% use tax for motor vehicles and building materials.
  • Boulder County: the general sales tax rate and the use tax for motor vehicles and building materials increases from 0.8% to 0.985%. There are numerous exemptions.
  • Larimer County: the general sales tax rate and the use tax for motor vehicles and building materials increases from 0.6% to 6.5%. There are numerous exemptions (even more than in Boulder County).

Special district tax

  • Aspen Park Metropolitan District, with a sales tax rate of 0.5%, is adding a vendor service fee of 3.33%.
  • Bachelor Gulch Metropolitan District, with a sales tax rate of 3%, is adding a vendor service fee of 3.33%.
  • Two Rivers Metropolitan District is a new taxing district, with a sales tax rate of 4% and a vendor service fee of 3.33%.

Each of the above special district taxes has numerous exemptions.

Self-collected tax

  • Boulder: sales tax increases to 3.86%.
  • Denver: sales tax increases to 3.65%.
  • Longmont: the sales tax rate of 3.275% is extended.
  • Windsor: sales tax increases to 3.95%.

Colorado Department of Revenue. Home rule cities that administer their own taxes may treat items differently than the state of Colorado; therefore it is always advisable to contact the cities directly for information regarding sales and use tax and exemptions.

Automated sales tax software as a service (SaaS) simplifies sales tax management and facilitates compliance. Learn more.

photo credit: Striking Photography by Bo Insogna via photopin cc


Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.