HB21-1312 Insurance Premium Property Sales Severance Tax 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Weissman (D) | E. Sirota (D) / C. Hansen (D) | D. Moreno (D)

The bill makes changes to several state and local government taxes.

Insurance premium tax. Currently, the insurance premium tax is equal to 2% of premiums collected or contracted for covering property or risks in this state; except that a company that is deemed to maintain a home office or regional home office in this state pays tax of 1%. Section 2 of the bill requires a company to have at least 2.5% a minimum percentage of its total domestic workforce in the state in order for the company to be deemed to maintain a home office or regional home office. This percentage is 2% for 2022, 2.25% for 2023, and 2.5% for 2024 and thereafter. This section also narrows the tax exemption for annuities considerations to those that are purchased in connection with a qualified retirement plan, a Roth 401(k), or an individual retirement account. For the purpose of auditing a company's tax statement, section 2 also authorizes the commissioner of insurance to appoint an independent examiner to conduct an examination on behalf of the commissioner.Property tax. For purposes of imposing the property tax, section 4 requires the actual value of real property to reflect the value of the fee simple estate. Section 5 requires that the actual value of personal property be determined based on the property's value in use, which will be defined by the property tax administrator.

There is an exemption from property tax for business personal property that would otherwise be listed on a single personal property if the property is less than a certain amount, which increases with inflation each property tax cycle. For the next current property tax cycle, section 6 increases the exemption from $7,900 to $50,000. Similar to the reimbursement for the homestead exemption, the state is required to reimburse local governments for lost property tax revenue caused by the increase. The first reimbursement will be based on actual property tax schedules filed, and future reimbursements will be adjusted estimates based on the initial amount. Section 7 requires the assessor to provide an estimate of the exempt business personal property along with the certifications to local governments.Sales and use tax. The state sales and use tax is imposed on the sale and use of tangible personal property. Section 7 8 codifies the department of revenue rule that the definition of "tangible personal property" includes "digital goods". Section 8 9 specifies that the state sales tax applies to amounts charged for mainframe computer access, photocopying, and packing and crating.

A retailer who collects state sales tax is currently allowed to retain 4% of the state sales taxes collected, with a monthly cap of $1,000, as compensation for the retailer's expenses incurred in collecting and remitting the tax (vendor fee). Beginning January 1, 2022, section 9 10 eliminates the vendor fee for any filing period that the retailer's total taxable sales were greater than $1 million.Severance taxes. The severance tax on oil and gas is currently imposed on gross income, which is equal to the net amount realized for the sale of the oil and gas. The net amount realized is equal to the gross lease revenues, less deductions for any transportation, manufacturing, or processing costs by the taxpayer borne by the taxpayer (netback deductions). Section 10 11 limits the netback deductions to direct costs actually paid by the taxpayer for those purposes, which disallows costs of capital and other indirect expenses.

Currently, the first 300,000 tons of coal produced in each quarter is exempt from the property tax. There is also a tax credit equal to 50% for coal produced from underground mines and another credit in the same amount for lignitic coal. Beginning with the 2022 taxable year, section 11 12 phases out the quarterly exemption and both tax credits. The additional severance tax that results from these changes is credited to the just transition cash fund under section 12 13 .

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 5/10/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/14/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/18/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/20/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/21/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/22/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/24/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/26/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/1/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/2/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/3/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/4/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/7/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/16/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/16/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/17/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/23/2021 Signed by Governor
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SB21-200 Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | D. Moreno (D) / D. Jackson (D)

Current law requires the air quality control commission (AQCC) to adopt rules that will result in the statewide reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050, as compared to 2005 emissions. Section 2 of the bill supplements these requirements by:

  • Directing the AQCC to:
  • Consider the social cost of GHG emissions;
  • Require GHG reductions on a linear or more stringent path; and
  • Finalize its implementing rules by March 1, 2022, including specific net emission weight limits for various emission sectors, subject to modification by the AQCC, including through the use of a multi-sector program;
  • Directing each wholesale generation and transmission electric cooperative to file with the public utilities commission a responsible energy plan that will achieve at least an 80% GHG reduction by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels and specifying that if a plan is not filed, the cooperative must achieve at least a 90% GHG reduction by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels; and
  • Directing each retail, wholesale, and municipal electric utility and cooperative electric association to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 95% between 2035 and 2040 and by 100% by 2040.

Section 3 adds GHG to the definition of "regulated pollutant", prohibits the AQCC from excluding GHG emissions from the requirement to pay annual emission fees that are based on emissions of regulated pollutants, gives the AQCC rule-making authority to set the GHG annual emission fee, and authorizes the use of these fees for outreach to and engagement of disproportionately impacted communities. Section 4 requires the AQCC's GHG reporting rules to establish an assumed emission rate representing the average regional fossil fuel generation emission rate for electricity generated by a renewable energy resource for which the associated renewable energy credit is not retired in the year generated.Section 5 creates an environmental justice ombudsperson position and an environmental justice advisory board in the department of public health and environment. The ombudsperson and the advisory board will work collaboratively to promote environmental justice in Colorado. Sections 2 and 5 specify processes for soliciting and facilitating input from disproportionately impacted communities regarding proposed AQCC rule changes and departmental decision-making.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/29/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
4/20/2021 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
4/28/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/14/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/7/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/09/2021 - No Amendments
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