Tax Rates

Did you know that ALL entities doing business in the City of Lakewood, regardless whether they are a Lakewood-based business or outside city limits, are required to hold a Sales and Use Tax license?

Economic Development urges all businesses to comply, because this is a means for us to learn about you and communicate with you. Remember, all Small Business Academy grant program applicants are required to be a Sales and Use Tax license-holding, Lakewood-based business. 

LAKEWOOD COMBINED SALES TAX RATE

For most of Lakewood, the combined sales tax rate is 7.5%:

 

  State of Colorado 2.9%
  Jefferson County 0.5%
  RTD (1.0%) + Cultural (0.1%)                              1.1%
  City of Lakewood* 3.0%
  Total Combined Rate 7.5%

 


In Belmar, the combined sales tax rate is 5.5%:

 

  State of Colorado 2.9%
  Jefferson County 0.5%
  RTD (1.0%) + Cultural (0.1%)                              1.1%
  City of Lakewood* 1.0%
  Total Combined Rate 5.5%

 


In Marston Park and Belleview Shores shopping centers, the combined sales tax rate is 7.93%:

 

  State of Colorado 2.9%
  Jefferson County 0.5%
  RTD (1.0%) + Cultural (0.1%)                              1.1%
  Southeast Jefferson County Road Tax*** 0.43% 
  City of Lakewood* 3.0%  
  Total Combined Rate 7.93%

 


*Effective January 1, 2009, food for home consumption is not subject to the City of Lakewood sales tax.

 

**The Lakewood City Council has passed an ordinance requiring retailers to collect City of Lakewood sales tax on candy and soft drinks in accordance with the State of Colorado’s taxation requirements established in May 2010. The approved ordinance identifies candy and soft drinks as taxable, but exempts other pre-packaged food items, no matter the serving size or place of sale. Prepared food and non-food items remain taxable. The ordinance is effective October 1, 2012.

***Businesses in Marston Park and Belleview Shores shopping centers in southern Lakewood are also in the Southeast Jefferson County Road Improvement District and must collect an additional 0.43% for a total combined sales tax rate of 7.93%. The Southeast Jefferson County Road Improvement District tax is collected by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

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