Colorado residents could see upward of $100 million in tax breaks thanks to legal marijuana sales that have been a boom for the state’s economy.
And that number is really, really high — with projections for the full fiscal year of up to $184 million.
The state is currently grappling with how to handle the new revenue source and whether it would provide a tax break in next year’s state returns or perhaps ask voters if it could keep the money.
If initial calculations end up being accurate, the state could owe taxpayers $67 million. Another estimate puts the amount at $107 million. But it’s also possible the state will collect less than $70 million, or that voters could allow the state to keep any extra money.
“This would just strike me as completely bizarre,” State Senator Pat Steadman as staffers explained how the state could collect so much more than initially expected. He called the situation “frustrating.”
The state is expected to know how much of a return state residents will get by July 2015 — when the full fiscal year ends.
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