Report: Loophole lets Colorado car tax revenue slip away
DENVER, Colorado ” A key lawmaker says a legal loophole may be letting thousands of Coloradans skip paying car registration fees.
KMGH-TV in Denver reported this week the loophole allows motorists to repeatedly pay fines for failing to register their cars, and that can be cheaper than paying the registration fees.
The station reports that more than 200,000 tickets have been written in Colorado over the past three years for expired registration.
House Speaker Terrance Carroll says that could be costing the state tax revenue.
“I am absolutely surprised with this kind of an issue, no one has raised a red flag before now,” Carroll said.
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Carroll says the solution is changing the law to give local government the power to force drivers to register their cars as a condition of settling the ticket.
That’s the way the law handles drivers ticketed for not having insurance.
Carroll said fixing the law will have to wait until next year because the current session is nearly over.