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I worked with a landscape company who did maintenance and construction work in several cities in Colorado. They only filed sales and use tax with a few of the several cities they did business in, this has been this way for over 25 years. What is the ramifications for not filing sales and use tax in the cities you do business in? In addition they never filed sales and use tax in the state of Colorado for 25 years, what is the ramifications for not filing for sales and use tax for the state? Also there were thousands of dollars spent for trees that were purchased out of state and that vendor did not charge sales tax but the company I worked for never reported the tax on these trees, what is this ramifications for not reporting this ?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  marty replied 11 years ago.
They need only file with the STATE they are in.
This would cover any CITY within that state.
They are not required to pay the sales tax at the time of purchase, but depending on the type of job, may have to pay sales tax quarterly or at the end of the year.
On some types of jobs(capitol improvement) no tax is collected OR paid by the company OR customer.
SO without more information, it is impossible to say it IS criminal.
If they are charging tax and not turning it in or not charging tax when due, that IS criminal and can be prosecuted.
If you feel the need, you can report them to your local state tax dept and or the Attorney General of that state.

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