Revenue

Vision
 
To become a premier Department of Revenue known for its outstanding customer service, innovation, and deidcated employees.
 
Mission
 
The Department of Revenue will provide quality service to  our customers in fulfillment of our fiduciary and statutory responsibilities while instilling public confidence through professional and responsive employees.
 
Summary
The Executive Director’s Office provides central budgeting, fiscal note coordination, revenue and expenditure accounting, purchasing and contract administration, human resources, internal auditing, project management, facilities safety and security, and a hearings division for the Department. The office is funded through direct and indirect costs charged to divisions. In addition, the Executive Director’s Office includes a Citizen’s Advocate who assists citizens and taxpayers with problems, grievances or inquiries. It also includes a Communications Director who is the primary contact for all media queries and requests for information and a Legislative Liaison who directs all legislative matters for the Department. Additionally, the Executive Director’s Office supports the Office of Research and Analysis that develops reports, such as the Department’s annual report as well as monthly and quarterly sales tax reports. They also develop analytical data and estimate the refunding of State of Colorado excess revenues under Article X, Section 20 of the State Constitution.
 
The Taxation Business Group is charged with the collection, administration, audit, and enforcement responsibilities pertaining to all taxes, fees, bonds and licenses covered under Colorado’s tax laws. The business group is directed by an administrative section. Senior management, policy-making, and budgetary support for the division are contained in this section. This division is primarily funded from General Fund appropriations, but does receive some moneys from the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) and federal programs.
 
The Taxation and Compliance Division utilizes various methods to assist in the collection of monies due the State such as: filing bankruptcy claims; recording and releasing tax liens and judgments; garnishment of wages and bank accounts; income tax distraint warrants; resolution of taxpayer disputes; and the utilization of private collection agencies. The Division also audits or examines Colorado tax returns both at the Department through its Discovery program and at business locations through its Field Audit program. Audits are also conducted for the purpose of ascertaining whether royalties have been properly submitted to the State from operating and royalty mineral interests in Colorado.
 
The Taxpayer Service Division (TPS) administers the State’s tax programs and provides assistance and information to Colorado taxpayers. The division maintains five service centers in Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, and Pueblo, as well as a tax information call center. The division produces public information campaigns, administers tax classes to promote voluntary compliance, and distributes information to the public to explain the State’s tax laws and policies. TPS also issues licenses and permits, processes tax forms and requests for refunds, resolves taxpayer problems, and intercepts income tax refunds for payment of debts owed to other State agencies and the Internal Revenue Service.
 
The Tax Conferee serves as an intermediary in the hearing process and acts as the Executive Director’s official designee for tax hearings. These can include tax assessment disputes and refund denials. Employees in this unit conduct reviews, legal research, investigations, interviews, and negotiations. They also assist taxpayers in clarifying decisions. If a meeting with the Tax Conferee fails to achieve a successful resolution, then a formal hearing with the Executive Director is granted. Finally, if a feasible resolution is not attained, the aggrieved party may elevate the dispute to the judicial system.
 
The Division of Motor Vehicles consists of Administration, Driver Services, and Vehicle Services programs. These programs are responsible for the enforcement and administration of the laws governing driver licensing, and vehicle titling and registration. For FY2015-16, this division is primarily funded with cash fund appropriations.
 
Motor Vehicle Administration provides oversight, investigative resources, budgetary and administrative support for the Driver Services and Vehicle Services programs. This includes investigating fraud related to driver licenses, identification documents and vehicle ownership documents.
 
The responsibilities of Driver Services include: issuing driver licenses, identification cards, and permits; verifying documents presented for identification, including the status of the applicant’s legal presence in the U.S.; maintaining and updating driver records; identifying and assessing administrative sanctions against drivers, including all restraints for alcohol related driving offenses, and suspension of driving privileges for uninsured motorists. The section also provides oversight to interlock ignition device providers and regulating commercial driving schools and commercial driver license testing units.
 
Vehicle Services is responsible for: the issuance of legal, negotiable certificates of title to protect the public when purchasing motor vehicles. Program staff reviews all high-risk title applications to verify that the assignment of ownership has been properly made. The program provides operations support and coordination for the statewide vehicle titling and registration system (CSTARS), motor vehicle titling and registration process; license plate ordering and distribution, and all other registration products for county motor vehicle offices. This section is also responsible for verifying compliance with registration requirements for the federal International Registration Plan. The program facilitates the management of the Motorist Insurance Identification Database (MIIDB) which helps law enforcement officers verify driver compliance with the State’s motor vehicle insurance requirements. The Emissions section licenses emissions testing site operators, inspectors, and mechanics; conducts inspections of the contractor’s emissions testing facilities to ensure compliance with statutory requirements; and validates inspector and mechanic performance standards.
 
The Enforcement Business Group regulates limited stakes gaming; enforces the State’s liquor and tobacco laws through licensing and compliance checks; regulates the horse racing industry; regulates and licenses the motor vehicle dealer industry; and regulates and licenses the cultivation, distribution, and sale of medical and retail marijuana. With the exception of tobacco grants and a very small amount of General Fund to support the tobacco area, programs within this division are wholly supported by specific cash funds.
 
The Limited Gaming Division licenses and regulates the Colorado limited gaming industry including gaming devices, facilities, personnel, and activities. This division also enforces the laws contained in the Limited Gaming Act, as well as rules and regulations promulgated by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission. The Commission has the constitutional authority to allocate moneys to the Division from the Limited Gaming Fund and is not subject to appropriation by the General Assembly.
 
The Liquor Enforcement Division licenses persons who manufacture, import, distribute or sell alcoholic beverages, and regulates the sale and distribution of liquor within the State by promoting awareness of and enforcing the provision of Liquor, Beer and Special Events Codes.
The Tobacco Enforcement Program enforces laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors. This allows the State to meet federal standards and qualify for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant.
 
The Division of Racing Events licenses and regulates horse racing events as well as off-track betting establishments; enforces all laws, rules and regulations related to racing activities; and are responsible for ensuring the health and welfare of horses racing in Colorado.
 
The Motor Vehicle Dealer Licensing Board is responsible for licensing and regulating the sale and distribution of motor vehicles, and promulgating consumer protection regulations. These responsibilities include licensing all salespersons and those with ownership interests in new and used auto dealerships.
 
The Marijuana Enforcement Division is responsible for the regulation and licensing of the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of medical and retail marijuana in the state.
 
The State Lottery Division is designated as a TABOR enterprise under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution and supports its operations through lottery ticket sales, all of which are deposited into the Lottery Fund. The Colorado Lottery Commission governs the overall activities of the Lottery. The Colorado Lottery offers the following jackpot games (Powerball, Lotto, Cash 5, Pick 3, and Mega Millions) and several scratch ticket games at more than 3,000 retailers statewide. Proceeds are distributed according to Article XXVII, Section 3 of the Colorado Constitution on a quarterly basis in the following manner: 40 percent to the Conservation Trust Fund for distribution to eligible municipalities and counties for parks, recreation, and open space purposes; 10 percent to the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the acquisition, development, and improvement of parks land; and remaining proceeds to the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO Fund) up to $35 million per fiscal year that is adjusted each year according to the 1992 Consumer Price Index-Denver. Any amount exceeding the GOCO cap is distributed according to Section 22-43.7-104(2)(b)(III), C.R.S., to the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund to be used for supplemental assistance to school districts for capital expenditures to address immediate safety hazards or health concerns within existing school facilities. Due to increasing revenues, the Lottery has distributed proceeds to the Contingency Reserve Fund since FY 2001-02.

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