by the Fans of Rod Serling….
Imagine if you will….living in Avon, Colorado – a Town where “Imaginary Tax Laws” are routinely enforced – against Avon builders.
What Tax Laws? The ECT will show you.
Avon – Like many Municipalities has a Sales Tax in their Town – Avon’s is 4% .
But what Avon doesn’t have is a so called “Use Tax”. (Vail, Colorado by comparison does)
Everyone understands, when you buy an item in the Town of Avon (say your favorite 6-pak), you pay 4% tax at the time of the sale at the Avon liquor store.
A so called “Use Tax” is a Tax Paid to any Municipality – on items purchased OUTSIDE the Municipality, however delivered and used INSIDE the Municipality.
In Colorado, a Municipality (like Avon) can’t legally declare they have a “Use Tax” – Colorado Voters (thanks to TABOR) have to vote and give their permission to a Municipality to legally have and enforce a Use Tax. Avon by their own admission – doesn’t have a legal “Use Tax”.
So that legal Fact – has NOT STOPPED the Town of Avon – from trying to Collect a Use Tax – they don’t have! Claiming instead…well it’s the “same as a Sales Tax!”
No, it’s not. (see above insert)
Avon has targeted (mostly) local Avon Builders…in their attempt to enforce a Use Tax they don’t have. Here is a specific example happening in Avon, today. Avon Builder (xyz) buys a bunch of Lumber for a new Home he is building in Avon. He buys it (say…in Edwards, Colorado – from the Edwards Building supply) – then has it delivered to his Avon job site.
Avon’s Claim? Legally, that Avon Builder has to collect 4% of that purchase price and deliver it to the Town of Avon’s Finance department. (Click Here)
Legal Fact: A Use Tax is not a Sales Tax. Vail, Colorado has both a legal Use Tax and a Sales Tax.
Q.) The last time you took your Avon family shopping in Denver, Colorado – did you remember to “stop by” Avon’s Finance office on your way back to your Avon residence, and pay Avon’s 4% Tax on everything your family bought in Denver?
How can this be happening in Avon, today?
1 – by having a Weak and remarkably Ineffective Town Council – combined with an extremely liberal and (completely out of control) Town Manager/Town Attorney – add in a dominant print newspaper media – much more concerned with Paid Print Advertising from local Municipalities…than reporting to their readership – what these Municipalities are actually doing…
…and that ECT readers is how this happens in Avon today (5OCT2015)…