Tax Relief Extension for Restaurants, Bars, and other Food Vendors Gets Committee Approval

DENVER, CO– The House Finance Committee today advanced Representative Kyle Mullica’s bill to allow restaurants, bars, and mobile food vendors to continue to claim a temporary net sales tax reduction for a few more months. The bill is part of the Colorado Comeback state stimulus, a package of legislation that will invest roughly $800 million into helping Colorado recover faster and build back stronger. The bill passed committee by a bipartisan vote of 11-0.

“It’s no secret that restaurants, bars, and other food service establishments were among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and we’re committed to doing what we can to lend them a hand,” said Representative Kyle Mullica, D-Northglenn. “The temporary sales tax relief we’re extending today eased burdens on beloved restaurants and bars across the state throughout the winter months. As the end of this pandemic nears and patrons start to safely return to these establishments, it just makes sense to continue allowing restaurants to take full advantage of this relief during their peak season.” 
HB21-1265, also sponsored by Rep. Kevin Van Winkle R-Highlands Ranch, continues a successful sales tax assistance effort passed during the 2020 special session. It allows restaurants, bars, caterers, and food service contractors (such as airline food service contractors and food concession contractors at sporting events) to deduct up to $70,000 in net taxable sales from their monthly state sales tax return for five different locations and retain the resulting sales tax revenue during the months of June, July, and August 2021.