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The City of Westminster Sales Tax & Licensing Division will be transitioning to a new sales tax revenue and business licensing system, GENTAX, beginning November 7, 2022. A postcard containing your new account number and a letter ID was sent out in October —  this information will be needed to create your web logon. If you did not receive this postcard, have questions, or need assistance setting up your account, contact the Sales Tax Division via email at salestax@westminsterco.gov or by phone at (303) 658.2065.
Starting January 1, 2023, stores must charge customers a 10-cent fee per recycled paper carryout bag or a single-use plastic carryout bag at the point of sale.

Stores include retail establishments which carryout bags are traditionally provided to customers, including but not limited to grocery store, supermarket, convenience store, liquor store, dry cleaner, pharmacy, drug store, clothing store, farmers market, roadside market or stand, festival, or other temporary vendor or event that includes temporary vendors.

Forty percent (40%) of the bag fee shall be retained by the store and sixty percent (60%) of the fee shall be remitted quarterly to the City. Fees can be remitted through eTaxWestminster, the same site as the Sales and Use Tax Return, starting April 1, 2023.

Beginning January 1, 2024, stores and retail food establishments are prohibited from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers.  Any single-use plastic bags remaining in inventory can be provided, through June 1, 2024.

On and after January 1, 2024, stores can provide a recycled paper carryout bag to customers with a 10-cent fee per bag.

State-Imposed Styrofoam Ban

On and after January 1, 2024, a retail food establishment shall not distribute an expanded polystyrene “Styrofoam” product for use as a container for ready-to-eat food. Remaining inventory may be distributed until the inventory is depleted.

Exclusions to Collecting a Carryout Bag Fee:
  • "Small Stores," a store that operates solely in Colorado, has three or less locations in the state and is not part of a franchise, corporation, or partnership that has physical locations outside of Colorado.
  • Bags used to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, fish, flowers, potted plants, and other items where dampness may be a problem.
  • Bags used to contain loose bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, chocolate, nails, screws, etc.
  • Bags used to contain unwrapped prepared foods and bakery goods.
  • Bags used to protect items from damage or contamination when placed in a reusable bag.
  • Bags used to contain medical prescriptions issued by a pharmacist.

Please review the full text of HB21-1162 for all requirements and restrictions imposed under the act.

How to report and pay the carryout bag fee:

The carryout bag fee must be reported through eTaxWestminster. The City has identified some businesses that need a carryout bag fee account and has added the account for those identified. If your account does not have a bag fee account and one is needed, it can be added through eTaxWestminster. Below are instructions to add the account.

Adding the carryout bag fee account:
  1. Log into eTaxWestminster at: https://etaxwestminster.gentaxcpc.net/tap/_/
  2. Click "More..." from the heading choices
  3. Click "Add a Bag Account" under the "Business License" section
  4. Read the instructions and click "Next"
  5. Click the box next to each location needing the carryout bag fee account and select the date the business first started collecting the bag fee and then click "Next"
  6. Add a mailing address for the account, then click "Next"
  7. Accept the terms and click "Submit" 
  8. Return to the summary page and click on "Add Access to this Account," and then select the security level and click "Save"

The carryout bag fee account is now added, and returns can be filed.

Filing returns - Only quarterly filing is available 
  1. Click on "View Returns" in the Disposable Bag Fee Account section
  2. Click on "File Now"
  3. Under the Location Returns section, click on "File Now" 
  4. Click on "Yes" to file a zero return or "No" to enter the amounts for the return.
  5. On line 1, enter the number of carryout bags distributed to customers for the quarter and then press Enter
  6. Follow the remaining steps to pay and submit the return. 
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, cigarettes are no longer exempt from City of Westminster sales tax.  All sales of cigarettes are required to include the city sales tax rate of 3.85% and must be reported and remitted with the retailer’s city tax returns.

Every person engaged in business in Westminster must comply with the city's licensing and tax laws. All businesses must apply for a Westminster Business and/or Sales and Use Tax License. The licenses required depend on what the business will be doing in the city. Business licensing is handled by the City Clerk's Office. Westminster also administers and collects its own local taxes. The Sales Tax Division administers all provisions of the Westminster Municipal Code pertaining to taxation. The division processes tax receipts, handles tax inquiries, collects delinquent taxes, and conducts audits of businesses. 

Westminster tax and licensing laws may differ from those of other local governments and from the State of Colorado. The following pages include information that will be helpful to businesses seeking to understand the city's tax and licensing requirements.

Contact us

If at any time you have comments, concerns or suggestions, please contact the Sales Tax Division as follows:

City of Westminster
Sales Tax Division
4800 W. 92nd Ave.
Westminster, CO 80031

Office: 303-658-2065
Fax: 303-706-3923
E-mail: salestax@westminsterco.gov

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