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Colorado sales tax rate changes, July 2016


 Local sales tax rates in Colorado, July 2016.

Updated, 7.7.2016

Numerous local sales tax rate changes are scheduled to take effect in Colorado on July 1, 2016.

Cities and counties that have adopted a home rule charter impose and administer their own taxes. Most of the upcoming rate changes are in state-administered jurisdictions. However, one change is in a home rule city that administers and collects taxes itself: Woodland Park.

The jurisdictions below are listed with the July 1, 2016 tax rates.

Sales tax rate increases

  • Bachelor Gulch MDT (special district tax): 5% sales tax, no use tax, numerous exemptions
  • Eagle: 4.5% sales tax, 4% use tax, no exemptions
  • Empire: 5% sales tax, 3% use tax, no exemptions
  • Saguache: 4% sales tax, no use tax or exemptions
  • Woodland Park: 4.09% sales tax, contact the city for information about use tax and exemptions

New sales and use tax exemption as of July 1

  • Lincoln County: 2% sales and use tax, exempts farm equipment
  • Rio Grande County: 2.6% sales tax, no use tax, beetle wood products exempt
  • The following jurisdictions have all added an exemption for machinery and machine tools used for processing recovered materials
    • RTD: 1% sales and use tax
    • CD: 0.1% sales and use tax
    • Pikes Peak RTA: 1% sales and use tax
    • Roaring Fork RTA (Basalt and New Castle): 0.8% sales and use tax
    • Roaring Fork RTA (Carbondale and Glenwood Spring): 1% sales and use tax
    • Roaring Fork RTA (Aspen, Snowmass, and unincorporated Pitkin County): 0.4% sales and use tax
    • Roaring Fork RTA (certain areas of unincorporated Eagle County): 0.6% sales and use tax
    • South Platte Valley RTA: 0.1% sales and use tax
    • MHA: 0.125% sales and use tax
    • Aspen Park: 0.5% sales tax, no use tax
    • Bachelor Gulch: 5% sales tax, no use tax
    • Southwest Plaza: 1.5% sales tax, no use tax
    • Two Rivers: 4% sales tax, no use tax
    • Montezuma Hospital District: 0.4% sales and use tax

Expired tax rate

  • Baptist Road RTA (special district tax): 1% sales and use tax, numerous exemptions

Additional information, including complete lists of applicable exemptions, is available on the Colorado Department of Revenue website.

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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.