what portion of the vehicle registration fee in CO is tax?

    In Colorado, the registration fees are a combination of both non-deductible fees and deductible personal property tax, all dependent on your vehicle and your county.

    When you purchase a vehicle, you are responsible for payment of sales tax, ownership tax and license fees. Denver Motor Vehicle does not provide official estimates of the taxes and fees required to register a vehicle in the State of Colorado. The fees paid by you, to license your motor vehicle in the State of Colorado are based upon the year, weight, taxable value and the date of purchase.

    THIS IS DEDUCTIBLE:  Ownership Tax is a personal property tax based on the taxable value of your vehicle. The taxable value of a vehicle was calculated as a percentage of the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) when the vehicle was brand new. This value remains constant throughout the life of the vehicle.

    The "personal property tax" which may be assessed by the state, county or municipality imposing a fee which is based on the value of your vehicle - this is critical that it be a tax known as "ad valorem" - on value- Some such taxes are commonly called "excise tax." Registration fees may, state depending, incorporate such a tax. If you have such a value-based tax it is filed as Itemized Deductions Taxes - Personal Property Tax

    See below if you live in a state where some or all of the "Excise Tax" or "Property Tax"  or a portion of the registration fees are deductible under Personal Property Tax

    1. The fee is an ad valorem tax.  Ad valorem tax is a fee based on a percentage of the car's value.
    2. The fee is imposed on an annual basis.
    3. The fee is imposed on personal property.
    4. These are the states where this is applicable and you may be able to deduct as an itemized deduction the personal property tax.
    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • Georgia
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana - possibly by county
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan    - possibly by county
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri    - possibly by county
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • Oklahoma
    • South Carolina -  possibly by county
    • Washington
    • Wyoming

    Where the county or local municipality may impose a tax based on value that may vary from county to county or city to city, you must look at the bill that you received or else contact the Tax Assessor's Office in your city, town, or county
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