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Taxes for Canadian Businesses in the USA – Colorado

This is the sixth FAQ of this series on taxes for Canadian businesses in the USA.

Question:

What state taxes does a Canadian business pay in Colorado?

Answer:

Sales Tax

Colorado’s statewide sales tax rate is 2.9%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 11.2%.

Use Tax

Colorado’s statewide sales tax rate is 2.9%.

Unemployment Tax (Payroll Tax)

If you have employees working in Colorado, you must pay unemployment taxes on their gross wages up to the taxable wage base ($13,600 as of 2020). Colorado’s standard unemployment tax rates for new employers vary by industry category and range from 0.3% to 5.9%.

Withholding (Payroll Tax)

If you have an employee earning an income while in Colorado you must withhold a certain percentage of their income from each payroll. The amount of tax you withhold from an employee depends on the length of your pay period, the employee’s gross pay and the number of withholding allowances/exemptions claimed on their IRS Form W-4.

Corporate Income Tax

Colorado corporation income tax is currently a flat 4.63% of taxable income.

Discussion:

If you remain under certain thresholds in this state you are not responsible for taxes.

TaxThreshold
Sales$100,000
Use$100,000

Availability of Treaty Benefits

Use taxes are often treated as income taxes by the Canadian government when calculating income in Canada and applying for foreign tax credits. Meaning if you pay use tax in the USA but have no net profit, you will not benefit from a tax credit theoretically. The actual application is a bit more complex.

Income taxes in the USA are almost always treated as income taxes by the Canadian government. Thus, in the majority of cases, if you pay tax in the state you don’t pay tax again in Canada unless the Canadian rate is higher.


If you are considering business in Colorado, including sales over $100,000 to residents and businesses in Colorado, please contact a member of the EPR tax team by completing the contact form below. Our tax experts can advise on the best structure to reduce or minimize the impact of the taxes.

Canadian and foreign tax laws are complex and have a tendency to change on a frequent basis. As such, the content published above is believed to be accurate as of the date of this post. Before implementing any tax planning, please seek professional advice from a qualified tax professional. EPR Maple Ridge Langley, Chartered Professional Accountants will not accept any liability for any tax ramifications that may result from acting based on the information contained above.


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