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As an incentive to encourage voters to support a sales tax referendum, the City created Food Sales Tax Refunds. It was intended to partially reimburse voters for the approximate amount of sales tax that they would pay annually on grocery purchases due to the imposition of a 1% City sales tax.
The refund is $55 per person per year. If you are blind, you receive an additional $55. Additionally, if you are 65 or over as of December 31, 2018, you will receive an additional $55, plus an additional $55 senior citizen allowance. These amounts are cumulative, so if you are 65 or over as of December 31, 2018 and blind, you would receive $220 ($55 + $55 + $55 + $55).
A qualified applicant is required to:
✓ Submit the Food Sales Tax Refund application by deadline of 5pm April 15, 2019
✓ Have resided within the Aspen city limits for the full 2018 year (1/1/18-12/31/18)
✓ Have been registered to vote in the City of Aspen the full 2018 year (1/1/18-12/31/18)
✓ Be able to prove residency within Aspen city limits for 2018 and if still living within the City, ensure your current address is the same as your registered voter address.
For persons barred from registering to vote, i.e. have a felony conviction or are non-citizens, residency within the City of Aspen for the full 2018 year will need to be proved. Non-citizens must provide a copy of their US Permanent Residency Card (i.e. Green Card) or valid work visa.
If you have lived in Aspen for the full year but moved residences within the City limits:
Proof of all new physical addresses (we have your previous address on file)
Proof of address on Dec-31-2018
Proof of registered voter address update
If you are barred from registering to vote (due to non-citizenship or felony conviction):
Proof of all physical addresses in 2018, including address on 1/1/2018 & 12/31/2018
Copy of your US Permanent Residency ‘Green’ Card or valid work visa (if applicable)
If you successfully received a food sales tax refund in 2017 and have not moved:
No further documentation is required
If you have not moved and your registered voter address did not change:
Voter Registration List:
The City of Aspen will have a Voter Registration List for all eligible voters registered prior to January 1st of the previous year. The Voter Registration List will be used as evidence that they were a registered voter of the City of Aspen for the full calendar year for which the refund applies. If the applicant's current address is different than the registered voter address, proof of update of registered voter address change is required (i.e. you will need to update your voter address before submitting your Food Sales Tax Refund request form)
Note: Only physical addresses will be accepted. Documents detailing a PO Box address will be rejected.
Accepted proof of address documents to demonstrate you resided in Aspen during the year:
• January and/or December utility bill
• Lease or rental contract
• Bank statement
To check or update your voter address, please visit the Colorado Secretary of State, voter registration website or click this link: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml
A qualified dependent eligible to be claimed on an applicant’s food tax refund must be claimed as a dependent for personal exemption on the applicant’s federal tax return. A qualified dependent may be a child, college student or adult; however, the dependent must be able to be claimed on the federal tax return for the tax year of the refund.
Note: No person who may be claimed as a personal exemption on another resident's application for refund shall be entitled to a food tax refund individually. A food tax refund may not be claimed on more than one (1) application for the same person.
All applications must be received by 5PM Monday April 15, 2019. No late postmarks will be accepted and there are absolutely no exceptions. Applicants are encouraged to apply via the online form to reduce paper use and expedite the administrative process. Paper applications will still be available through this year for residents to print and mail, drop-off in person and also email. Submit your application via:
1st floor City Hall
130 S Galena St
130 S Galena Street
Aspen, CO 81611
It is your responsibility to submit your application CORRECTLY AND ON TIME
Refund checks will be mailed to successful applications AFTER the submission period closes on April 15th 2019. Checks will be mailed to your nominated mailing address.