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Department of Revenue Phone
303-205-8411
Name Reservation Required?
No
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General Business Information

COLORADO:

When considering whether or not to start a small business, there are several factors to keep in mind while determining where you would start your business. FitSmall Business compiled a 2018 ranking of all 50 states to determine the best states to start a small business, using the following categories:

  • Taxes – This includes corporate, sales, property tax, individual income, and unemployment insurance tax rates. The ranking demonstrates how much you can expect that your business would have to pay in taxes in the state ranked.
  • Labor Market – This category was assessed by including unemployment rates well as education levels (% of adults ages 25 to 34 who have attained at least a bachelor’s degree). This is meant to measure availability of desirable employees and the overall strength of this market in the state ranked.
  • Cost of Living – This includes costs of utilities, grocery, healthcare, housing, and transportation.
  • Quality of Life – This category is based on access to education, physical safety, and healthcare.
  • Cost to Start a Business – Using per capita income in the state ranked, this is meant to evaluate costs to staff your business as well as the per sq. ft/year cost to rent a commercial building.
  • Startup Activity – Meant to illustrate how likely new businesses are to succeed or fail in the state ranked, this represents the # and survivability of new businesses in that state.
  • Access to Capital – This assesses the likelihood of your business attaining startup capital by evaluating the size and # of small business loans granted and by measuring access to capital based on the availability and amount of venture capital funds.

Taking into account these factors, the survey ranked Colorado 8th out of the 50 states, with each of the categories above ranked accordingly:

  • Taxes: 18 out of 50
  • Labor Market: 2 out of 50
  • Cost of Living: 34 out of 50
  • Quality of Life: 18 out of 50
  • Cost to Start a business: 21 out of 50
  • Startup Activity: 24 out of 50
  • Access to Capital: 12 out of 50

The stunning state of Colorado may be known for its purple mountain majesty and its leadership in the burgeoning marijuana industry, but it should be attractive to you as a potential business owner due to its rankings in the per capita income, healthcare, and venture capital subcategories. Denver is also considered one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the country, with roughly 72% of entrepreneurs relying on their businesses as primary sources of their income! If that doesn’t convince you, maybe enjoy a natural high hiking one of the Centennial State’s thousands of hiking trails or sipping at one of its hundreds of breweries while contemplating whether Colorado may be the right place for you and your new business!

Colorado Department of Revenue
1375 Sherman Street
Denver, Colorado 80261
P  303-205-8411

Portal Link

Colorado Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Ste 200
Denver, CO 80290
P  303-894-2200

Website Link

Small Business Advocacy
Colorado District Office
721 19th Street Suite 426
Denver, CO
P  303-844-2607

Website Link

Business Filing Fees

LLC Filing Fee
$50.00
Incorporation Filing Fee
$50.00

Tax Information

Tax Type
Applicable
Rate / Fee
Due Date
Corporate Income Tax
Applicable:
Yes
Applicable:
4.63%
3/15
Sales Tax
Applicable:
Yes
Rate:
2.90%
Due Date:
20th of the month following the reporting period
Property Tax
Applicable:
Yes
Rate:
0.60%
Due Date:
April 15
Unemployment Tax
Applicable:
Yes
Rate:
1.70%
Due Date:
The last day of the month following the end of the quarter
Annual Report Required?*
*(C-Corp & LLC only)
Applicable:
Yes
Rate:
Corporations - $10 // LLC's - $10
Corporations - Annually within a 3 month period starting the 1st day of the incorporation anniversary month. So if your incorporation anniversary is February 14th, file between February 1 and April 30. // LLC's - Annually within a 3 month period starting the 1st day of the incorporation anniversary month. So if your incorporation anniversary is February 14th, file between February 1 and April 30.
File Report

Reserving your name in Colorado:
The Colorado SOS will not approve a Colorado business name which is so similar to another Colorado business name (Corporation or LLC) that it could likely be mistaken for it.
Reserve Your Name in Colorado

Additional Information

New Hire Reporting Required?
Yes
E-Verify Required?
Yes
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