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Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

The Arvada Municipal Code imposes a sales tax on the price paid for items sold at retail in the City of Arvada (COA). If sales and use tax was not paid to the COA or another municipality, Arvada use tax is due. The taxable price is the amount of money received or due, including shipping charges.  

Owners and managers of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the City must obtain a Business License and pay Arvada sales tax on items used for their properties.

If Arvada sales tax is not paid at the time of sale, then a use tax must be paid to the City. Sales or use taxes paid to other municipalities will be credited toward Arvada taxes. Such credit may not exceed the Arvada use tax due.

Materials used in minor repair work (not requiring a building permit) are subject to sales and use tax. Labor, if billed separately, is not subject to sales and use tax. Property like finished units, appliances, water heaters, carpets, etc., are subject to sales and use tax.

For-Profit Nursing Home

For purposes of this guide, a for-profit nursing home includes:

  • skilled nursing facilities
  • intermediate care facilities
  • assisted-living facilities
  • nursing facilities
  • home health agencies
  • hospice facilities
  • adult day services,
  • respite care facilities

Purchase of an Existing Assisted Living Facility

When a business purchases an existing assisted living facility, tax is due on everything included in the transaction. The amount taxed is the price recorded in the bill of sale or agreement, as long as the price is greater than or equal to the fair market value at the time of sale. The City uses the best information available to find the tax due on property like appliances furniture, and window coverings. Sometimes, past taxes or an independent appraisal is required.

Rental Charges

Rent payments or charges are not subject to City sales or accommodations tax if the contract is for a period of at least 30 consecutive days. City sales tax applies to personal property like vending machine sales, and furniture or equipment rental. 

Meals and Beverages

Facilities serving meals and beverages only to regular residents and not to the public should pay sales tax on the cost of the food.

If the facility is an exempt organization and sells meals to employees or the public, sales tax should be collected on those sales. 


  1. Arvada Assisted Living purchases a new commercial washer and dryer unit for the laundry facility from an online retailer. The units are delivered to the Arvada facility. They hire an Arvada plumber to remove the old units and install the new units. Arvada Assisted Living is charged $2,500.00 for the units plus freight of $300.00. The plumber charges $500 for labor and $85 plus tax for miscellaneous hoses, clamps and PVC extensions. Because the online retailer did not charge sales tax for the new units, use tax is due from the facility on the $2,500.00 sale price and the $300.00 freight charges. No additional tax is due for the installation because the plumber separately stated his labor and charged City sales tax on the parts he used. 
  2. Arvada Assisted Living buys all food and ingredients for heir meals to the residents from Good Food Distributors. Good Food Distributors does not collect sales tax on anything sold to  Arvada Assisted Living. Arvada Assisted Living will need to pay use tax on all of the items being purchased.



*This information is a summary in layman's terms of the relevant Arvada tax law for this subject, industry, or business segment. It is not intended for legal purposes to be substituted for the full text of the Arvada tax code. However, the tax guide shall be used in conjunction with the Arvada tax code (chapter 98) in determining tax liability.