Sales Tax

Sales Tax

The City of Gunnison's sales tax rate is 4%.

The allowable vendor service fee is also 4%.

A "business license" is not required to operate within the City of Gunnison. However, a "sales tax license" is required for any business vending a product.

Contact: Dorene Elam with any additional sales tax questions

Sales Tax Information

To PURCHASE or RENEW a sales tax license:
The City of Gunnison collects 4% in city sales tax. Both a city and a state sales tax license are required to sell retail merchandise anywhere within the city limits. City sales tax licensing is administered by the Finance Department. Sales tax licenses must be renewed annually to remain active.

A City of Gunnison sales tax license is required for any business involved in selling, leasing, storing, use, consumption, and/or delivery within the City of Gunnison, including:

  • Retail sales of tangible personal property
  • Food or drink served or furnished
  • Motel and hotel accommodations
  • Telecommunications services
  • Gas and electric services
  • Exchange of property

There are no business licenses required for businesses only providing services.

Remote sellers utilizing the State of Colorado Sales and Use Tax System (SUTS) to remit sales taxes do not have to obtain a sales tax license but are required to complete a Remote Seller Information Form.  All businesses with a physical presence in the City are required to get a sales tax license, regardless of whether they utilize the SUTS system.   

Complete Sales Tax Application (A new application must be completed for each tax year)

State Sales Tax License. The Colorado Department of Revenue collects state and county taxes. For state applications and general information regarding conducting business in the State of Colorado, see the Colorado Secretary of State Business Center or phone (303) 894-2200 and press 2.

Sole Proprietors. If you are a sole proprietor, you must comply with the requirements of House Bill 06-1023 and complete a Lawful Presence Affidavit.  A sole proprietor is someone who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself. However, if you are the sole member of a domestic limited liability company (LLC), you are not a sole proprietor if you elect to treat the LLC as a corporation.
To REMIT city sales tax collected:
Complete Sales Tax Return Form and file with the City on or before the 20th of the month following the month of sale.

Please note: These forms are Adobe Reader® (PDF) formatted files. To complete them, you will need to download the free Adobe Reader.  Apple users should NOT use the “Preview” software.

  • Remit sales taxes collected. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
  • Mail to Finance Dept. at PO Box 239, Gunnison, CO 81230 OR deliver to City Municipal Building at 201 W. Virginia Ave.
  • Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.
  • Vendors remitting on time are allowed to deduct a 4% vendors fee
  • Payments received after the due date are subject to a $15 or 10% penalty (whichever is greater) and 1.5% per month interest charge
  • Standard Sales Tax Exemption Use this form to record supporting information for any transaction on which an exemption from tax is claimed.
Sales Tax Reports:
City Boundary Map:

Welcome to Gunnison

Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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