Business Buzz: Tourism in Dinosaur sees a $16 million in economic benefit in 2013

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DINOSAUR — A new National Park Service report shows that 274,361 visitors to Dinosaur National Monument in 2013 spent $15,791,600 in communities near the park, according to a press release. That spending supported 186 jobs in the local area.

Dinosaur experienced a drop in visitation from 2012 numbers due to the government shutdown in October 2013. October 2013 visitation was 7,564 compared with 32,428 for the same month in 2012. Visitation remained depressed through the rest of the year and winter after the monument reopened in late October. This also decreased the amount of economic benefit from the 2012 report released earlier this year.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service.

Taxpayers must pay balance due on 2013 income tax

More than 90,000 taxpayers who filed their 2013 income tax return had a balance due on their return, according to a press release from the Department of Revenue.

Those who did not submit a payment will receive a balance due notice in the mail during the next few weeks. The DOR issues such bills annually, after the April income tax deadline returns are processed. In all cases where payment has not been made, penalty and interest is charged on the amount due. When the balance due notice is received, taxpayers have the option of paying the full balance due or setting up an installment plan.

How to pay a balance due

If the taxpayer wishes to pay the full balance due, payment must be made by the due date printed on the balance due notice to avoid additional late fees. Partial or full payment by e-check or credit card accepted through Revenue Online at www.colorado.gov/revenueonline.

How to set up a payment plan (Agreement To Pay, or ATP)

To pay online, visit www.colorado.gov/revenueonline or taxpayers can call the Tax Auditing and Compliance Division by telephone at 303-205-8291 (this is the only office that can assist you in setting up an ATP).

Once the department receives the request, monthly payment coupons are mailed to the taxpayer’s address on file within seven to 10 business days. ATPs are for first-time balance dues. If there is an existing balance due on file you must, call the number above to make arrangements.

If the taxpayer is currently in an active income tax payment plan or bankruptcy plan with the department and receives an income tax billing notice, no further action is required.

Local shopping incentive continues throughout summer

Downtown Business Association’s Locals Love You More Downtown Contest will run through Sept. 1.

Shoppers are encouraged to save their receipts from purchases at any of the 25 participating businesses in downtown Craig, because for every $250 spent, they will receive entries in the contest to win donated prizes.

The receipts can be from either one large purchase, with numerous entries from a single receipt for every increment of $250, or a large number of small purchases from multiple businesses. Multiple entries are accepted, all of which need to be verified at The Kitchen Shop or Favorite Things.

For more information, call Karen Brown at the Community Budget Center at 970-824-7898.

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