September 19, 2015
For those of you who believe tax is everything (you know who you are), Colorado’s 2015 legislative session produced several disappointments. My favorite was the failure to recommend an amendment to the Colorado constitution to require all Colorado sales tax jurisdictions to use the same definitions for sales and use tax. The recommendation didn’t require everyone to tax or exempt the same things, simply to use the same definitions in doing so. Alas, it was too much to ask.
In any case, despite the introduction of 682 bills, abundant media attention, controversy, and late-night committee meetings, very little tax legislation was enacted – and some of it narrow in application. Nevertheless, five bills passed that deserve your attention.
Read on »
May 1, 2013
The hospitality industry is a favorite target of tax administrators and auditors. In addition to traditional sales and use taxes, states and cities often impose additional lodging taxes and other special fees such as motel privilege taxes, local occupancy taxes, tourism development fees – the list goes on and on. And why not? The tax cost is passed on to guests who typically live elsewhere and often don’t vote in the state.
Read on »