Oops, taxes weren’t late, state says

A clerical error led to several Grand Junction businesses mistakenly being told they had paid their state sales tax late and would be fined.

Three downtown businesses — Brown Cycles, 549 Main St.; Kairos, 129 S. Sixth St.; and Razzmatazz, 552 Main St. — told The Daily Sentinel they were surprised to receive letters over the weekend from the Colorado Department of Revenue informing them their sales tax payments were tardy. As a result, the businesses were fined more than $450 combined.

Colorado businesses must submit sales tax to the state by the 20th of each month, something the owners of the three businesses insisted they did.

Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch said an employee entered the wrong due date, causing letters to be sent out to businesses that had, in fact, paid their taxes on time.

He said he doesn’t know how many businesses mistakenly received the letter.

Brown Cycles, Kairos and Razzmatazz had their fines waived after paying a visit to the state building on South Sixth Street.

Couch said business owners who paid their taxes on time but received letters indicating otherwise should call the phone number on the letter to have their fine waived.

Owners who paid the fine will have the charge reversed, he said.

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