We are a contractor for an exempt organization, how do I prove the exemption?

If you a contractor building for an exempt organization, you should submit a DR0172 Contractor Application for Exemption Certificate. Once you receive the certificate from the State, present a copy to the Rio Blanco County Sales and Use Tax Department in conjunction with the building permit so no use tax is assessed. Also, when purchasing materials, give a copy to the vendor to exempt the purchase. The Exemption Certificate from the Department of Revenue is only valid for State and County taxes. If building or purchasing materials within a Town or City, please contact the jurisdiction to determine their exemption requirements.

DR0172 Contractor Application for Exemption (PDF)

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1. If I pre-paid use tax on my building project, how do I get exempt from paying sales tax?
2. We are a contractor for an exempt organization, how do I prove the exemption?
3. If I have a County building permit, can I use it to purchase materials in other counties?
4. Why do we have to pay use tax? Why can't we just pay sales tax on the materials at the time of purchase?
5. I had a subcontractor that gave one price for both labor and materials. How do I determine the material cost?