If I rent my house on a short-term basis, for example, through a vacation website or property management company, am I required to collect and remit sales and lodging taxes?
  • Yes, if you rent your home on a short-term basis, you are required to collect and remit sales and lodging taxes to the City.
  • A short term rental is defined as any period that is less than 30 days.
  • The total combined sales and lodging tax rate for Aspen is 11.0%; however, the City’s portion of that tax is 4.1% which should be remitted directly to the City. The remaining 6.9% should be remitted to the State of Colorado.

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1. What are the due dates and monthly filing requirements?
2. When preparing my sales tax return, what supporting documents for my deductions should I retain?
3. If my business is service oriented, would I ever need to collect sales tax?
4. I over collected sales tax on several transactions. How do I account for this excess tax on my return?
5. What do I do if a purchaser insists they are exempt from tax but cannot produce the appropriate documentation?
6. Why does Aspen have a lodging tax and how much is it?
7. If I rent my house on a short-term basis, for example, through a vacation website or property management company, am I required to collect and remit sales and lodging taxes?
8. My lodging establishment charges a civic assessment / convenience / booking / service fee on each booking. Is that subject to sales and lodging tax?
9. Will I ever get audited?