What is a Food Sales Tax Refund?
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.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE 2019 FOOD SALES TAX REFUND ALL APPLICANTS MUST:
- Submit the Food Sales Tax Refund ONLINE application by 5pm April 15
- Have resided within the Aspen city limits for the FULL previous year (Jan 1 - Dec 31)
- Have been registered to vote in the City of Aspen the FULL previous year (Jan 1 - Dec 31)
- Be able to prove residency within Aspen city limits FULL previous year and if still living within the City, provide proof that your current address is the same as your registered voter address. Accepted proof of address documents are as follows, and must detail a PHYSICAL ADDRESS (no PO Box addresses accepted): January and/or December utility bill; Lease or rental contract; Bank Statement
NOTE: All applicants will be required to be a registered voter in the City of Aspen to qualify for the food sales tax refund. If you are not currently a registered voter, the City recommends you register to avoid any issues for future applications.
Any resident who is barred from registering to vote due to non-citizenship or due to a felony conviction shall provide alternative proof of residency, as may be required by the Finance Director for the full calendar year.
HOW TO SUBMIT THE FOOD TAX REFUND APPLICATION:
Applications will be available online in January. All applications must be completed online by 5PM on April 15. There are absolutely no exceptions.
SUBMIT IN PERSON:
A kiosk is available at City Hall if you need assistance with computer access.