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February 2020 Lodging, Sales and Use Tax Emergency Refund Information
On March 23, 2020, the Grand Junction City Council approved Emergency Ordinance #4912. This Emergency Ordinance, a response to the COVID-19 emergency, will provide for an emergency refund of taxes collected in February 2020 which were paid to the City in March 2020. The deferment needs to be paid back to the City on or before July 31, 2020. Between now and April 20th, you can request a temporary refund of taxes already paid in March here https://gjcity.seamlessdocs.com/f/EmerRefund. Between now and May 20th, quarterly filers can also request a deferment of 1st quarter 2020 taxes using the same link. Any business owner who has not yet paid, will also need to fill out this form to provide us information on their sales and agree to the terms of the deferment. Once the form is completed, a member of our sales tax department will contact you within 24 hours. We will confirm the request is being made by the business owner/management and discuss method of payment. At this time, the State and County have not decided to defer February 2020 taxes. This refund only applies to City sales, use and lodging taxes paid. If you have any further questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 970-244-1521.
Sales and use taxes are the largest source of operating revenues for the City of Grand Junction. The City currently has over 5,400 vendors who are licensed and collect the City's sales tax on their business transactions. A business is required to collect the City's sales tax when it sells retail tangible personal property inside the City limits. Of the 5,400 licensed vendors in the City, a few are also required to collect lodging tax (6%) which is used solely by Visit Grand Junction to promote tourism in the City.
The City's sales tax rate is currently 3.25%. The combined tax rate is 8.52% and the break down is as follows:
City of Grand Junction Sales Tax = 3.25%
State of Colorado Sales Tax = 2.90%
Mesa County Sales Tax = 2.37%
The City of Grand Junction Sales and Use Tax License no longer has an expiration date. The license is valid until it is canceled and is issued with the requirement that all City laws will be followed. If, for some reason, a business is not in compliance with those laws, the license can be suspended or revoked. The City licenses its vendors separately from the State. The State of Colorado Department of Revenue office can be reached at (970)248-7140 and Mesa County Finance can be reached at (970)244-1675 .
Not sure if an address is located inside City limits? An online search is available for your convenience. This is important to vendors who deliver goods, because the sales tax for those transactions is determined by the delivery address. When the delivery address is located inside the City limits, then the City sales tax is charged. If the delivery address is not located inside the City limits, then City sales tax is not charged.
**You can now file your sales and use tax online! Please read these instructions carefully to get started. The new online portal allows you to apply for a sales tax license, file returns, view your sales tax account balance, access your filing history and more! It is important that you use Google Chrome for your web browser.
2020 Sales and Use Tax 101 Classes
Located at City Hall in the Executive Conference Room. Check-in at the Finance office on the second floor, left off the elevator. Please register for a class by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- June 10th at 2:00 P.M.
- September 15th at 12:00 P.M.
- December 10th at 2:00 P.M.
- Please e-mail email@example.com or call (970)244-1521 if you have any questions or concerns.