The mission of the coalition is to reform Colorado's excessively complex sales and use tax system with multiple goals: fairness, simplicity, and predictability for business; revenue neutrality to avoid any adverse impact on local and state public services; and a competitive economic environment in Colorado that will attract employers. This coalition of businesses, trade organizations, and other interested taxpayers will drive reforms to achieve these goals.
In 2016 the coalition passed legislation, SB16-36 to reform the states' unfair system that required a taxpayer to pay the full tax audit assessment or post a bond before seeking a ruling from an independent court. Now taxpayers can appeal to district court before any tax payment is due (but retain the option to bond if desired in order to stop further interest and penalties from accruing).
Successful passage of legislation in 2017, HB17-1216, created the Legislative Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force which is authorized to meet for three years to examine ways to simplify the state's complex sales and use tax system. Simplify CO Coalition is now poised to spearhead the legislation recommended by the task force. View the 2017 Final Report of the Legislative Sales & Use Tax Simplification Task Force Here.
2018 legislation, HB18-1022 Requiring the Department of Revenue to issue a request for information (RFI) for an electronic sales & use tax simplification system that the state and local governments could choose to use that would provide administrative simplification to the state and local sales & use tax license and collection system. This legislation has passed both the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on March 1st, 2018.
The Coalition to Simplify Colorado Sales Tax is a nonprofit organization governed by an independent board of directors. Are you interested in joining our board of directors or advisory board? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
The current board represents over 8,400 businesses across Colorado as well as the CPA Society with 8,500 members.
AlphaGraphics - Arvada/Downtown Denver/Golden
American Furniture Warehouse
Associated General Contractors of Colorado
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
Automated Business Products
Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors (CAMPC)
Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology (CAVE)
Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA)
Colorado Petroleum Marketers Association
Colorado Society of CPAs
Food Services of America – Loveland
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
President - Tony Gagliardi, National Federation of Independent Businesses
Vice President - Dave Davia, Colorado Association of Mechanical Plumbing and Contractors
Secretary - Tim Jackson, Colorado Automobile Dealers Association
Treasurer - Paul Archer, Automated Business Products