Colorado Revised Statutes Title 39. Taxation § 39-26-104. Property and services taxed

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), there is levied and there shall be collected and paid a tax in the amount stated in section 39-26-106 as follows:

(a) On the purchase price paid or charged upon all sales and purchases of tangible personal property at retail;

(b)(I) In the case of retail sales involving the exchange of property, on the purchase price paid or charged, including the fair market value of the property exchanged at the time and place of the exchange, excluding, however, from the consideration or purchase price, the fair market value of the exchanged property if:

(A) Such exchanged property is to be sold thereafter in the usual course of the retailer's business;  or

(B) Such exchanged property is a vehicle and is exchanged for another vehicle and both vehicles are subject to licensing, registration, or certification under the laws of this state, including, but not limited to, vehicles operating upon public highways, off-highway recreation vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft.

(II) The exchange of three or more vehicles of the same type by any person in any calendar year in transactions subject to the provisions of this article shall be prima facie evidence that such person is engaged in the business of selling vehicles of the type involved in such transactions and that he is thereby subject to any licensing requirements necessary to engage in such activity.

(c)(I) Upon telephone and telegraph services, whether furnished by public or private corporations or enterprises for all intrastate telephone and telegraph service.  On or after August 1, 2002, mobile telecommunications service shall be subject to the tax imposed by this section only if the service is provided to a customer whose place of primary use is within Colorado and the service originates and terminates within the same state.  In accordance with the “Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act”, 4 U.S.C. secs. 116 to 126 , as amended, on or after August 1, 2002, mobile telecommunications service provided to a customer whose place of primary use is outside the borders of the state of Colorado is exempt from the tax imposed by this section.

(II)(A) If a customer believes that a tax, charge, or fee assessed by the state in the customer's bill for a mobile telecommunications service is erroneous, or that an assignment of place of primary use or taxing jurisdiction on said bill is incorrect, the customer shall notify the home service provider in writing within two years after the date the bill was issued.  The notification from the customer shall include the street address for the customer's place of primary use, the account name and number for which the customer seeks a correction, a description of the alleged error, and any other information that the home service provider may require.

(B) No later than sixty days after receipt of notice from a customer pursuant to sub-subparagraph (A) of this subparagraph (II), the home service provider shall review the information submitted by the customer and any other relevant information and documentation to determine whether an error was made.  If the home service provider determines that an error was made, the home service provider shall refund or credit to the customer any tax, fee, or charge erroneously collected from the customer for a period not to exceed two years.  If the home service provider determines that no error was made, the home service provider shall provide a written explanation of its determination to the customer.

(C) Any customer that believes a tax, charge, or fee assessed by the state in the customer's bill for mobile telecommunications services is erroneous, or that an assignment of place of primary use or taxing jurisdiction on said bill is incorrect, may file a claim in the appropriate district court only after complying with the provisions of this subparagraph (II).

(III) As used in this paragraph (c), unless the context otherwise requires:

(A) “Act” means the federal “Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act”, 4 U.S.C. secs. 116 to 126 , as amended.

(B) “Customer” means customer as defined in section 124(2) of the act.

(C) “Home service provider” means home service provider as defined in section 124(5) of the act.

(D) “Mobile telecommunications service” means mobile telecommunications service as defined in section 124(7) of the act.

(E) “Place of primary use” means the place of primary use as defined in section 124(8) of the act.

(F) “Taxing jurisdiction” means taxing jurisdiction as defined in section 124(12) of the act.

(IV) For telephone and telegraph services provided on or after July 1, 2003, when nontaxable services are aggregated with and not separately stated from taxable services, the provider of such services shall collect the tax imposed by this article only on intrastate telephone and telegraph services.  The provider of such services shall maintain for three years documentation of the services provided that are taxable and nontaxable.  Such documentation is subject to audit, and the service provider shall be liable for any uncollected tax.  A service provider shall notify the executive director of the department of revenue of the percentages of taxable and nontaxable services in a package of aggregated services within thirty days of use on any invoice.

(d) Repealed by Laws 1979, H.B.1611, § 25.

(d.1) Effective July 1, 1980, for gas and electric service, whether furnished by municipal, public, or private corporations or enterprises, for gas and electricity furnished and sold for commercial consumption and not for resale, upon steam when consumed or used by the purchaser and not resold in original form whether furnished or sold by municipal, public, or private corporations or enterprises;

(d.2) Repealed by Laws 1982, H.B.1166, § 4.

(e) Upon the amount paid for food or drink served or furnished in or by restaurants, cafes, lunch counters, cafeterias, hotels, social clubs, nightclubs, cabarets, resorts, snack bars, caterers, carryout shops, and other like places of business at which prepared food or drink is regularly sold, including sales from pushcarts, motor vehicles, and other mobile facilities.  Cover charges shall be included as part of the amount paid for such food or drink.  However, meals provided to employees of the places mentioned in this paragraph (e) at no charge or at a reduced charge shall be exempt from taxation under the provisions of this part 1.

(f) On the entire amount charged to any person for rooms or accommodations as designated in section 39-26-102(11) .

(2) Upon the effective date of an act of congress that authorizes states to require certain retailers to pay, collect, or remit state or local sales taxes:

(a)(I) With respect to remote sales there is levied and there shall be collected and paid by remote sellers on every incident subject to tax as set forth in subsection (1) of this section, but not including the incidents set forth in paragraph (e) of this subsection (2), a tax at the rate specified in section 39-26-106 .  Any exemptions with respect to part 1 of this article as set forth in this title are applicable.

(II) In addition to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a), every remote seller shall collect and remit, as provided in section 39-26-122.7 , the sales tax at the general sales tax rate levied by a local taxing jurisdiction;  except that such sales tax shall only be collected on every incident subject to tax as set forth in subsection (1) of this section.  Any exemptions with respect to part 1 of this article as set forth in this title are applicable.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of law, a local taxing jurisdiction may not collect a sales or use tax on remote sales except as provided in this subsection (2).

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of law, with respect to a local taxing jurisdiction, the effective date of any change in the general sales tax rate of the local taxing jurisdiction shall be either January 1 or July 1 following the date of the election in which such a sales tax proposal is approved;  and notice of the adoption of any sales tax proposal shall be submitted by the local taxing jurisdiction to the executive director of the department of revenue at least one hundred days prior to the effective date of such tax.  If such a sales tax proposal is approved at an election held less than one hundred five days prior to the January 1 or July 1 following the date of election, such sales tax proposal shall not be effective until the next succeeding January 1 or July 1.

(d) For the purpose of the administration by the state of the provisions of this subsection (2), each local taxing jurisdiction shall file, pursuant to section 29-2-109, C.R.S ., with the executive director of the department of revenue a copy of each sales tax ordinance or resolution, or any amendment thereto, that changes the general sales tax rate described in paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), and a copy of any ordinance or resolution that changes the local taxing jurisdiction's boundaries, no later than one hundred days before the effective date thereof.

(e) Notwithstanding any provisions of law, the following incidents are not subject to the collection and payment of sales tax by remote sellers as set forth in paragraph (a) of this subsection (2):

(I) Direct mail advertising materials as defined in section 39-26-102(2.8) ;

(II) Candy as defined in section 39-26-707(1.5)(b)(I) ;

(III) Soft drinks as defined in section 39-26-707(1.5)(b)(II) ;

(IV) Nonessential articles as described in section 39-26-707(1)(c) ;  and

(V) Nonessential containers or bags as described in section 39-26-707(1)(d) .

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