Colorado State Law Regarding Tax Refund Appeals Superseded Local Requirements

The Colorado Supreme Court has decided that the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue had jurisdiction to hear a taxpayer’s appeal of two towns’ denial of use tax refund requests. Although the towns’ municipal codes required that the taxpayer submit to both an informal and a formal hearing, the State’s statutes governing use tax refund appeal processes limited the towns to only be able to conduct informal hearings. Further, the taxpayer’s appeal to the Executive Director was proper because the taxpayer waited the required 90-day statutory waiting period after its requests for issuance of formal decisions by the towns were ignored. (MDC Holdings, Inc. v. Town of Parker, Colorado Supreme Court, No. 08SC972, February 8, 2010)

Posted on April 15, 2010