As previously reported in this forum, on July 1, 2017, Colorado’s long anticipated notice and reporting requirements for non-collecting retailers goes into effect. In the last few days, Colorado moved to finalize the details as to how the rule will be enforced, which are described in Emergency Rule 39.21-112.35.
This law requires retailers that do not have sales tax nexus but make $100K or more in annual sales to Colorado customers to report transactions to the state as well as notify purchasers of their use tax obligation. During the brief period that Colorado afforded interested parties time to comment on their proposed rule, Sovos submitted a request to clarify a number of points, including whether wholesale sales count toward the $100k threshold. In the final rule, Colorado adjusted their definition of “Colorado Reportable Purchase” and “Total Gross Sales” to explain that exempt sales of tangible personal property may be excluded from the calculation. While not specifically utilizing the word “resale” or “wholesale,” our interpretation of the revised rule is that such sales need not be counted.
As to what’s next, at some point prior to November 1, Colorado is required to publish the transmittal schema for the Annual Customer Information Report which is first due on March 1, 2018.
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Charles has been involved in monitoring the progress of the Streamlined Sales Tax Initiative and has given talks and presentations on a variety of tax topics including Sarbanes-Oxley, drop shipments, the taxation of high technology transactions, and the growth of sales tax holidays. He is a lawyer and a member of the Massachusetts Bar, and holds a BS in Business Economics from Bentley College, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining Sovos Compliance, he worked as an arbitration attorney for John Hancock.More Content by Charles Maniace