County clerk: Local sales tax applies to all auto sales

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There may have been some confusion or misinformation about vehicles purchased at the recent Grand Valley Auto "tent" sale at Craig's Centennial Mall, according to resident reports at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Elaine Sullivan, county Clerk and Recorder, said two residents appeared in her office at the Moffat County Courthouse recently and said they were unaware they needed to pay city of Craig and Moffat County sales taxes for automobiles purchased through Grand Valley.

The auto dealership is based in Grand Junction.

Sullivan said the residents reported that Grand Valley salespeople told them they only needed to pay the state's 2.9 percent sales tax for vehicles purchased at the sale.

That is not correct, Sullivan said.

"Anytime an automobile deal takes place in Craig, the person needs to pay the city and county sales tax," she said. "There is an exception, though, that people don't need to pay the city's sales tax if they are a county resident."

Craig sales tax is set at 2.5 percent and Moffat County's is 2 percent. When vehicle owners go to the Clerk and Recorder's Office to buy license plates, they will be expected to pay any applicable sales taxes they already have not paid before they can register their vehicle, Sullivan said.

It is not yet known if Grand Valley did anything illegal, but Sullivan said she knew an investigator with the Colorado Department of Revenue was contacted about the issue.

The investigator, Richard Prednovich, did not return calls by press time.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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