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New Laws Effective January 1

Five laws came into effect on January 1, 2012. Descriptions of the laws from the Digest of Bills are as follows: H.B. 11-1100 Military education, training, and service experience credit for license and certification The act requires the director of the division of registrations and the state examining and licensing boards to accept education, training, […]

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Enterprise Zones

The Denver Post recently ran a 4-part series on Enterprise Zones in Colorado. Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) defines enterprise zones (EZs) as “provid[ing] tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state.” If you would like more in-depth information, our library has […]

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History of Income Tax and Proposition 103

Last week I received my mail-in ballot for this November’s election. The statewide ballot initiative, proposition 103, that proposes a temporary tax increase for public education has generated a lot of conversation. I was browsing through the list of titles that have recently been added to the State Publications Library collection and found an interesting […]

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Income Tax Information

Although April 18th seems a long ways away, you may want to start collecting information for your income tax forms. This year the IRS announced that people will not automatically receive paper forms in the mail. If you prefer submitting a paper form over filing electronically, you can call the IRS to order a form […]

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State Treasury's "Colorado Tax Tracks"

The State Treasury office has developed a new interactive website called Colorado Tax Tracks. According to the opening page of the site, “This website, brought to you by the Colorado State Treasurer’s Office, will show you an approximation of how much you pay in state taxes and where your tax dollars go.” This is part […]

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Bill to Promote Colorado Film

The Colorado House of Representatives recently introduced HB09-1010, which would create an office to promote Colorado as a film location, and establish a film production tax credit. Proponents of the measure argue that promoting film brings revenue and promotes tourism; while opponents of the measure argue that, with Colorado’s current budget crisis, Colorado cannot afford […]

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Retail Sales

With the current struggling economy, retail sales dropped and many stores posted numbers below expectation for the recent holiday season. (An article in today’s Rocky Mountain News explains more). To research sales rates for cities and counties, visit the Colorado Dept. of Revenue’s website for monthly breakdowns of state sales tax collected in cities and […]

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Taxpayer Accountability Report

This month the Colorado State Treasurer’s Office has published the second annual Taxpayer Accountability Report. This report, aimed at the general public, gives the reader information in plain, simple language regarding state tax revenue, including information on TABOR, Referendum C, education funding, consumer spending, and more, illustrated with simple charts and diagrams. The most recent […]

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Tax Day

Today is the last day to file income tax returns, and many folks are scrambling for forms and tax information. Most forms are available online: Colorado forms are available from the Colorado Department of Revenue, and Federal Forms can be found at http://www.irs.gov/. If you’re having trouble with your state taxes, the Division of Taxation […]

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Historic Preservation Tax Credits

For years, many property owners have benefited from receiving state tax credits for restoring historic buildings. This year, the State Legislature is debating HB08-1033 regarding whether to continue to offer these tax incentives. Proponents argue that the tax credit is essential to encouraging property owners to upkeep their buildings, which translates to increased property values […]

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State Taxpayer Accountability Report (the STAR Report)

In order to provide greater transparency and accountability in Colorado government finances, the state has published the first State Taxpayer Accountability Report. Three state offices collaborated on this: the Governor’s Office, the State Treasurer’s Office, and the State Controller’s Office. To be published every year, the STAR Report is understandable and written from the perspective […]

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Tax Time

Tax season has arrived. April 17th is only six weeks away, and it’s time to buckle down, get out those forms and do your taxes. Colorado State tax forms are available from the Department of Revenue. If you need assistance, they have a tax information page for individuals, and you can browse a list of […]

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Have Questions About Your Taxes?

Questions always come up as we organize tax information in anticipation for filing. It’s not too early to start. Who has the answers to all those questions? The “Customer Support Site for Colorado Taxes” has the answers to 268 common tax questions. If your answer is not listed you can always call 303-238-7378 at the […]

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Tax Incentives for Hybrid Vehicles

The Colorado Legislative Council Staff recently published an Issue Brief titled, “Tax Incentives for Hybrid Vehicles”. It pertains to hybrid passenger cars and light trucks weighing under 8,500 pounds as they are the majority in use. Other tax credits are available now for alternative fuel vehicles. This 2-page paper discusses both federal and state tax […]