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Colorado Department of Revenue

Stakeholder Work Group Meeting – November 16th

Charitable Organization Sales Tax Rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, is convening a stakeholder workgroup on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. to discuss the promulgation of the following new and existing sales tax rules. This stakeholder workgroup meeting will be conducted entirely by telephone and video conference, and will be recorded. The Department has created a Virtual Rulemaking Workgroup Guide that provides additional guidance for participants. Additional information on how to participate in the workgroup is discussed below.

The Department has prepared the following draft rules to aid in the process of soliciting public comments. The Department will also distribute an agenda for the work group to those on this email notice list no later than one week before the workgroup meeting. If you have topics you would like to include in the agenda, please send them by email to dor_taxrules@state.co.us.

  • Rule 39-26-102(7)–1. – Purchase Price. The purpose of this amendment is to renumber the rule to accommodate an additional rule promulgated pursuant to the same statutory section.
  • Rule 39-26-102(7)–2. – Purchase Price Involving a Donation to a Charitable Organization. The purpose of this rule is to establish the conditions under which a portion of a payment for a sale made by a charitable organization is considered a donation and therefore excluded from the taxable purchase price.
  • Rule 39-26-718. – Charitable Organizations. The purpose of this amendment is to conform the existing rule to legislative changes made by House Bill 19-1323, which modified the limited exemption for sales made by charitable organizations. This amendment also incorporates federal regulation 26 CFR § 1.501(c)(3)‑1, which prescribes certain definitions and requirements for charitable organizations, prescribes requirements for applications for exemption certificates, repeals parts of the rule that are duplicative with statute, and makes grammatical, stylistic, or organizational changes to improve the clarity and readability of the rule.

What is a stakeholder work group?

A stakeholder workgroup is a forum for the Department to gather information from stakeholders for the development of new rules or for the revision of existing rules. Stakeholder workgroups occur in advance of a rulemaking hearing and may or may not incorporate draft rules. The workgroup consists of individuals who have knowledge of the issues being discussed. The workgroup members will be asked to provide their input and insight, along with constructive feedback and suggestions, in an open discussion format.

How do I participate?

Apply to be a workgroup member. 

Stakeholders willing to share their knowledge on the workgroup topic are encouraged to email dor_taxrules@state.co.us with a brief description of their qualifications and interest. To keep the discussion manageable and productive, the Department may limit the size and composition of the workgroup. Workgroups are currently being conducted virtually using the Zoom platform. Video conferencing equipment, and an adequate Internet connection, are recommended but not required (participation by video is optional). Please make sure you are available during the scheduled meeting time before applying to be on the work group member.

Attend or review the workgroup meeting.

Interested stakeholders may call into or join the virtual workgroup meeting via Zoom even if they are not members of the workgroup. Each workgroup meeting will include time for public comment. Workgroup meetings are recorded, and may be reviewed afterward by those who are unavailable at the scheduled meeting time.

Contact dor_taxrules@state.co.us for video conference information or to obtain access to the recording. Stakeholders wishing to attend or participate by teleconference should connect as follows:

Submit comments on the draft rules.

All workgroup members and interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit written comments. Prior to commenting, review any existing rules, the related statutes or legislation, and the draft rule or tax topic being discussed. Then provide feedback or input on necessary changes or additions to the rules or any guidance that needs to be included in the rules. All feedback is welcome, but the most useful feedback includes specific language to be added to or removed from the draft rules, and the statutory basis for the changes. Comments should be submitted by email to dor_taxrules@state.co.us.

The agenda for the workgroup lists several discussion topics identified by stakeholders and the Department. However, the workgroup may consider other issues raised by stakeholders at the workgroup meeting.

This stakeholder workgroup meeting will be conducted entirely by telephone and video conference, and will be recorded. Stakeholders wishing to be members of the workgroup are encouraged to email dor_taxrules@state.co.us with a brief description of their qualifications and interest. Interested stakeholders may also call into or join the virtual workgroup meeting via Zoom even if they are not members of the workgroup. Stakeholders wishing to attend or participate by teleconference should connect as follows:

Phone Number: 1 (669) 900-6833

Meeting ID: 823-8128-1709

We welcome and appreciate the participation of stakeholders in this rulemaking process

Request for Stakeholder Input – before November 17th

Enterprise Zone Rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, is seeking input from stakeholders regarding drafts of the enterprise zone rules listed below. The Department has prepared the following drafts to aid in the process of soliciting public comments.

We do not plan to convene a stakeholder work group for these rules prior to formal rulemaking unless comments indicate one is necessary. In lieu of a workgroup, we would greatly appreciate written feedback on the draft rules. Please submit comments on the draft rules by emailing your comments to dor_taxrules@state.co.usWritten comments will be accepted through November 17, 2020.

After evaluating the comments we receive, the Department will determine whether the draft rules should move forward and, if so, whether further revisions to the rules are necessary. If the Department moves forward with the proposed rules, additional comments will be accepted following a notice of proposed rulemaking. Thank you in advance for your input.

We would appreciate your feedback to help us measure and improve the success of the rulemaking program. If you participate in the rulemaking process, we invite you to complete a short survey. Follow the link, and choose the “I participated in the Rulemaking Process (Announcement, Stakeholder Meeting, or Hearing)” option.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – December 1st

Due to a filing error, the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, will hold a public rulemaking hearing to rehear the rules listed below at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. This hearing will be conducted entirely by telephone and video conference, and will be recorded. The Department has created a Virtual Rulemaking Hearing Guide that provides additional guidance for participants.

Parties wishing to attend or participate by video conference may obtain a link for connecting by sending an email to dor_taxrules@state.co.us. Because of additional participation features provided by the video conference, we encourage participants to participate through the video conference. Participants are welcome to use a webcam to appear by video, but may also leave their video camera off.

Parties wishing to attend or participate by teleconference should connect as follows:

Phone Number: 1 (669) 900-6833

Meeting ID:  896-8304-6142

Proposed Rules:

The Department will accept oral and written comments on these proposed rules. Oral comments will be accepted by video and telephone conference at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted to dor_taxrules@state.co.us in advance or in lieu of oral commentary at the hearing and will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on December 1, 2020.

You can find the proposed rules and statements of basis and purpose at the links above. You may also find this information on the Division’s website by clicking “Formal Rulemaking Hearings” on the left side of the page.

The proposed rules will be published in the Colorado Register on November 10, 2020.

We would appreciate your feedback to help us measure and improve the success of the rulemaking program. If you participate in the rulemaking process, we invite you to complete a short survey. Follow the link, and choose the “I participated in the Rulemaking Process (Announcement, Stakeholder Meeting, or Hearing)” option.

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Past announcements retained here for reference

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – November 4th, 2020

The Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation, will hold a public rulemaking hearing on the procedure and administration rules listed below at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. This hearing will be conducted entirely by telephone and video conference, and will be recorded. The Department has created a Virtual Rulemaking Hearing Guide that provides additional guidance for participants.

Parties wishing to attend or participate by video conference may obtain a link for connecting by sending an email to dor_taxrules@state.co.us. Because of additional participation features provided by the video conference, we encourage participants to participate through the video conference. Participants are welcome to use a webcam to appear by video, but may also leave their video camera off.

Parties wishing to attend or participate by teleconference should connect as follows:

Phone Number: 1 (669) 900-6833

Meeting ID: 881-6942-1093

Proposed Rules:

The Department will accept oral and written comments on these proposed rules. Oral comments will be accepted by video and telephone conference at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted to dor_taxrules@state.co.us in advance or in lieu of oral commentary at the hearing and will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on November 4, 2020.

You can find the proposed rules and statements of basis and purpose at the links above. You may also find this information on the Division’s website by clicking “Formal Rulemaking Hearings” on the left side of the page.

The proposed rules will be published in the Colorado Register on October 10, 2020.

We would appreciate your feedback to help us measure and improve the success of the rulemaking program. If you participate in the rulemaking process, we invite you to complete a short survey. Follow the link, and choose the “I participated in the Rulemaking Process (Announcement, Stakeholder Meeting, or Hearing)” option.