New Colorado Retail Delivery Fee: A Solution for BigCommerce Merchants

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Managing the New Colorado Retail Delivery Fee

The new regulation adds an additional layer of complexity for online businesses. Since the new fee applies only to taxable sales delivered in Colorado, retailers will need a way to calculate the applicable fee based on the buyer’s shipping address.

For BigCommerce merchants, our Colorado Retail Fee Manager by Ebizio Checkout provides the ability to assign custom fees on storefront products based on the customer’s shipping destination. 

For this scenario, merchants can apply a flat fee to relevant products shipped to a Colorado address, with applicable fees automatically calculated based on the address entered at checkout. Our application also lists the $0.27 fee as a separate line item in checkout and order history, making accounting easy.

Colorado RDF Manager Screenshots

Backoffice Fee Configuration
Checkout Display

Backoffice Order View

Alternate Solutions for Managing the Colorado Retail Delivery Fee

There are other options for setting up the Colorado Retail Delivery Fee on BigCommerce. One recommendation is adding a $0.27 handling fee on all orders being shipped to Colorado. If using static shipping quotes in your Colorado shipping zone, you can also increase your quotes by $0.27 to include this fee at checkout.

Keep in mind that multiple handling fees cannot be displayed as separate line items, and the name of the handling fee cannot be customized.

If you are using a shipping provider outside of BigCommerce, you’ll want to contact them directly to find out how they will be supporting the delivery fee requirement.

More About Colorado Retail Delivery Fee Requirements

Effective July 1, 2022, any retailer who delivers tangible, taxable goods to a Colorado address is required to collect a $0.27 delivery fee

The fee applies to any taxable goods shipped, mailed, or otherwise delivered by motor vehicle to a Colorado purchaser, regardless of where the delivery originated. The $0.27 is charged per delivery, no matter how many items are included. 

Retailers who collect sales or use taxes on tangible personal property sold and delivered, including deliveries by third parties such as UPS, FedEx, etc., are responsible for collecting and remitting retail delivery fees. Merchants must submit their retail delivery fee at the same time as their sales tax return.

Receipts or invoices must state the retail delivery fees as one line item, separate from sales tax.

Fee Exemptions

The fee does not apply for charities or government entities exempt from sales tax. Similarly, no fee applies to deliveries of nontaxable goods, including wholesale goods, as long as the property delivered is not subject to state sales tax.

The fee will apply if taxable and exempt goods are included in the same delivery.

Need help preparing your BigCommerce checkout for the new Colorado fee regulations? Contact us today.

Additional Resources:

About the Retail Delivery Fee – Colorado Department of Revenue

Colorado Taxpayer Helpline

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