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Rate & Definition

Sales tax is imposed on the purchase price of retail sales, leases, or rentals of taxable tangible personal property, products, and services that are sold or furnished to customers in Denver or are delivered to, stored, or used in Denver.

Services that are taxable when sold or furnished to customers in Denver include, but are not limited to: 

  • Informationa lservices
  • Entertainment services
  • Software as a service
  • Telecommunications services
  • Gas, electric or heating services

Businesses located outside the City and County of Denver are required to be licensed to collect and remit the Denver Retailer's Use Tax on taxable Denver retail sales if they are engaged in business within Denver, unless provided otherwise by the U.S. Constitution. "Engaged in business in the City" means performing or providing services or selling, leasing, renting, delivering or installing tangible personal property, products or services, for storage, use or consumption, within the city.

You need to keep the supporting invoices and records pertaining to the Denver sales tax return for 4 years following the due date of the return or the payment of the tax, whichever is later.

You need to charge the appropriate tax that applies to the location to which you are delivering the item, but to do so, you may need to have a tax license with other taxing jurisdictions in order to remit the collected tax.

  •  If you have an eBiz Tax Center profile change your address online at www.denvergov.org/ebiztax.  For instructions, visit the “Addresses” section on the eBiz Help Page.    
  • Call the Taxpayer Service Unit at 720-913-9400
  • Include a letter containing the change of address with your Denver sales/use tax return in your remittance envelope.
  • Fax the change to 720-913-9475; or
  • Email the change to 311@denvergov.org

NOTE: Include your account number on all requests.

You can visit www.denvergov.org/treasury and click on the Search Now button on the Sales Tax License Search box or you may call the Taxpayer Service Unit at 720-913-9400. 

You have met the requirements for the sales/use tax if Denver sales tax was paid or the difference between the legally imposed and the combined Colorado/Denver/District tax rate has been paid. You have not met the personal property tax requirement, because that is a different tax payable to the County Treasurer every year on the valuation of the property.

If the answer to your Denver tax question cannot be found on the web site www.denvergov.org/treasury, call the Taxpayer Service Unit at 720-913-9400, or e-mail us at 311@denvergov.org.

Food or beverage sold or purchased for business use or for immediate consumption is subject to Denver sales tax of 4%. Only food or beverage purchased in Denver for domestic home consumption is exempt from Denver sales tax.

NOTE: Denver sales tax of 4% is due on all alcoholic beverages purchased in Denver whether by the container or by the drink.

Yes.  The amount charged on the subsequent leaseback would be taxable.

Denver is a Home Rule city. As such, it has elected to administer and collect its own local sales and use tax.