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  • Florida Sales Tax - Voluntary Disclosure Program
    Florida Sales Tax - Voluntary Disclosure Program

    The purpose of this article is to discuss one of the most beneficial areas of Florida sales tax law – The Florida Voluntary Disclosure Program. Florida’s sales tax laws are endlessly complicated. ...

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  • Debtor's Prisons and Double Jeopardy in State Tax Prosecutions
    Debtor's Prisons and Double Jeopardy in State Tax Prosecutions

    Debtor’s Prisons and Double Jeopardy in State Tax Prosecutions: The Department of Revenue Has A New Trick Up Its Sleeve. The term debtor’s prison tends to conjure up images straight out of Dickens. ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX - THEFT OF STATE FUNDS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX - THEFT OF STATE FUNDS

    Florida Sales Tax - Theft of State Funds It is the legislative intent in Florida that it is a taxable privilege to be in the business of selling tangible personal property, or providing certain ...

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  • FORT LAUDERDALE CLUB OWNER - SALES TAX FRAUD ARREST
    FORT LAUDERDALE CLUB OWNER - SALES TAX FRAUD ARREST

    FORT LAUDERDALE CLUB OWNER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX THEFT On November 8, 2016, the Florida Department of Revenue (“FDOR”) announced [name omitted], was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. ...

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  • FL SALES TAX CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
    FL SALES TAX CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

    THE AFTERSHOCK: THE UNFORSEEN EFFECTS OF A FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION When considering the risks of opening a business, the loss of freedom probably does not make people’s ...

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  • CUTTHROAT KITCHEN WINNER, FL RESTAURANTEUR ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    CUTTHROAT KITCHEN WINNER, FL RESTAURANTEUR ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    As a state and local tax attorney, to say that celebrity news relating to my field is infrequent would be a gross overstatement. Today is one of those rare occasions where the venn diagram of headline ...

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  • FLORIDA CPAs - YOUR CLIENT OWES SALES TAX AND THEY WILL BLAME YOU
    FLORIDA CPAs - YOUR CLIENT OWES SALES TAX AND THEY WILL BLAME YOU

    Whether your client is obsessive about taxes, remits every penny of tax collected, or doesn’t even sell tangible personal property – I guarantee you that your client missed something that should have ...

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  • Tampa Bay Convenience Store Owner Arrested for Sales Tax
    Tampa Bay Convenience Store Owner Arrested for Sales Tax

    On February 26, 2016, [ name omitted ], owner of The Little Store located in Wimauma, Florida because she allegedly collected but failed to remit sales tax for the periods January 2014 through ...

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  • WEST PALM BEACH BAKERY OWNER ARRESTED - SALES TAX FRAUD
    WEST PALM BEACH BAKERY OWNER ARRESTED - SALES TAX FRAUD

    WEST PALM BEACH RESTAURANT/BAKERY OWNER – FACING 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT On December 14, 2015 [ name omitted ], owners of Caribbean Choice Restaurant & Bakery, located at 955 Sansburys ...

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  • BRANDON FL RESTRAUNT OWNER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    BRANDON FL RESTRAUNT OWNER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    BRANDON RESTAURANT OWNER – FACING 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT On July 23, 2015, [ name omitted ], former owner of BCGB Unit 1, Inc. (doing business as Big City Grill Co.), located at 2490 ...

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  • ORLANDO USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    ORLANDO USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    ORLANDO USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX 2014 appeared to be the Year of the Florida Used Car Dealer, but not in a good way. As of early July 2014, at least a dozen used car dealers had been ...

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  • FL Tax Audits - Taxpayer Bill of Rights Protects No Rights
    FL Tax Audits - Taxpayer Bill of Rights Protects No Rights

    FL Tax Audits – Taxpayer Bill of Rights Protects No Rights I have seen a lot of information and discussions about the IRS mistreating taxpayers. Being in Florida, this made me think of protections ...

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  • MELBOURNE USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX FRAUD
    MELBOURNE USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX FRAUD

    MELBOURNE USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX On December 30, 2014, [name omitted] was arrested for sales tax fraud by the Brevard County Sherriff's Department. [Name omitted], a resident of Fort ...

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  • JACKSONVILLE USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    JACKSONVILLE USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    On November 14, 2014, [name omitted] was arrested for sales tax fraud. [Name omitted] was the owner of TNS Auto Sales, Inc. a used car dealership located at 9171 103 rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida. ...

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  • GAINESVILLE SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT
    GAINESVILLE SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT

    If you are in the Gainesville/Ocala area and the Florida Department of Revenue is focused on your business or your client's business for Florida sales and use taxes, then you may need an attorney ...

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  • NAPLES CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER ARRESTED SALES TAX
    NAPLES CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER ARRESTED SALES TAX

    On September 25, 2014, [ name omitted ], owner of Naples Petroleum 102, Inc. located in Naples, Florida because he allegedly failed to file six sales tax returns and failed to remit the sales tax ...

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  • JACKSONVILLE RESTAURANT OWNER - FACING 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    JACKSONVILLE RESTAURANT OWNER - FACING 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    JACKSONVILLE RESTAURANT OWNER – FACING 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT On October 1, 2014, [ name omitted ], former owner of The Grape at St Johns Town Center, located at 10281 Midtown Parkway, ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX ON PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX ON PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

    FLORIDA SALES TAX ON PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS Many individuals and businesses are well aware of Florida’s sales tax. Most that are familiar with sales tax think of it as applying to sales of tangible ...

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  • SARASOTA SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT
    SARASOTA SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT

    Sarasota Sales Tax Attorney | Sales Tax Audit Help If you are in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and the Florida Department of Revenue is focused on your business or your client's business for Florida ...

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  • FORT MYERS SALES TAX THEFT - RESTAURANT OWNERS ARRESTED
    FORT MYERS SALES TAX THEFT - RESTAURANT OWNERS ARRESTED

    FORT MYERS SALES TAX THEFT - RESTAURANT OWNERS ARRESTED On July 17, 2014, the Florida Department of Revenue ("FDOR") announced [names omitted], were arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. The ...

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  • ORLANDO SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT
    ORLANDO SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT

    Orlando Sales Tax Attorney | Sales Tax Audit If you are in the Orlando/Maitland area and the Florida Department of Revenue is focused on your business or your client's business for Florida sales and ...

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  • FL SALES TAX FRAUD - 12 USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED
    FL SALES TAX FRAUD - 12 USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED

    It appears to be the Year of the Florida Used Car Dealer in 2014, but not in a good way. As of early July 2014, at least a dozen used car dealers have been arrested on charges of sales tax fraud ...

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  • JAILED FOR MERE $1,500 FL SALE TAX - ORLANDO SIGN COMPANY OWNER
    JAILED FOR MERE $1,500 FL SALE TAX - ORLANDO SIGN COMPANY OWNER

    ORLANDO SIGN COMPANY OWNER JAILED FOR MERE $1,500 SALE TAX On June 23, 2014, the Florida Department of Revenue ("FDOR") announced [name omitted], was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office. ...

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  • MIAMI RESTAURANT OWNER - 5 YEARS FOR SALES TAX FRAUD
    MIAMI RESTAURANT OWNER - 5 YEARS FOR SALES TAX FRAUD

    MIAMI RESTAURANT OWNER – FACING 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT On May 22, 2014, [ name omitted ], former owner of Villa Habana Food Service Corp, located at 3398 Coral Way, Miami, Florida ...

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  • FL LEGISLATION - FELONY TO EVEN POSSESS SALES SUPPRESSION SOFTWARE
    FL LEGISLATION - FELONY TO EVEN POSSESS SALES SUPPRESSION SOFTWARE

    SECOND VERSE, VERY SIMILAR TO THE FIRST - FELONY TO EVEN POSSESS SALES SUPPRESSION SOFTWARE In March 2012, the Florida legislature passed rather unique, at least at that time, legislation aimed at a ...

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  • DAVIE FL USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    DAVIE FL USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    On March 1, 2012, the Florida Department of Revenue ("FDOR") announced [name omitted], was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. The charges were that he allegedly collected over $14,000 in ...

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  • US SALES AND USE TAX SYSTEM NEEDS FEDERAL C.P.R.
    US SALES AND USE TAX SYSTEM NEEDS FEDERAL C.P.R.

    US SALES AND USE TAX SYSTEM NEEDS FEDERAL C.P.R. Consumer Private Reporting Legislation – Draft of Summary for House Judiciary Committee Exploring Alternative Solutions on the Internet Sales Tax Issue ...

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  • BROWARD COUNTY CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR FL SALES TAX
    BROWARD COUNTY CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR FL SALES TAX

    BROWARD USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX On January 6, 2014, [ name omitted ], owner of Vehicles 4 Sale, Inc. located at 900 North State Road 7, Hollywood, Florida, was arrested because he ...

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  • FL DOR DISCLOSES CONFIDENTIAL TAXPAYER INFO?
    FL DOR DISCLOSES CONFIDENTIAL TAXPAYER INFO?

    FL DOR DISCLOSES CONFIDENTIAL TAXPAYER INFO? Our comrades in Tallahassee never cease to amaze. Apparently if your business gets behind in remitting sales tax, then the collections arm of the Florida ...

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  • SARASOTA PUB OWNER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    SARASOTA PUB OWNER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    On October 29, 2013, [ name omitted ], owner of O'Connor's Irish Pub Company dba The Irish Pub and Grille on Main, located 1359 Main St., Sarasota, Florida was arrested by the Sarasota County ...

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  • GO TO JAIL FOR NOT PAYING FLORIDA SALES TAX?
    GO TO JAIL FOR NOT PAYING FLORIDA SALES TAX?

    The short answer is YES, you can go to jail for not remitting Florida sales tax that your business collected. Actually, Florida laws on sales tax fraud are some of the toughest in the country, ...

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  • TALLAHASSEE SECURITY AGENCY OWNER JAILED FOR SALES TAX
    TALLAHASSEE SECURITY AGENCY OWNER JAILED FOR SALES TAX

    On September 10, 2013, [ name omitted ], owner of American Security Enterprises, Inc. located at 4329 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department ...

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  • OFFICER OF FL CHECKERS CHAIN FACING 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    OFFICER OF FL CHECKERS CHAIN FACING 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    On September 5, 2013, [ name omitted ], the Chief Operating Officers for of Jaxchex, Inc., was arrested by the St. John's County Sheriff's Department on first degree felony charges concerning theft of ...

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  • TAXPAYER FORCED TO SIGN AWAY RIGHTS TO REMIT TAX?
    TAXPAYER FORCED TO SIGN AWAY RIGHTS TO REMIT TAX?

    FL DOR FORCING TAXPAYER TO SIGN AWAY RIGHTS TO REMIT TAX? Our Draconian 1 Comrades in Tallahassee are at it yet again. Actually, this time it is their comrades in the local Department of Revenue (DOR) ...

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  • FL DOR USES
    FL DOR USES "CALLZILLA" TO HARRASS TAXPAYERS

    FL DOR USES "CALLZILLA" TO HARRASS TAXPAYERS Just when you thought it was safe to turn your phone back on after you successfully got your home number on the federal and state "do not call" list and ...

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  • ORLANDO USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    ORLANDO USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    ORLANDO USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX In June 2013, [ name omitted ], owner of BAS Specialty Cars, Inc. located at 1580 South Ronald Reagan Blvd, Orlando, Florida, was arrested because she ...

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  • CLOSE BUSINESS TO AVOID LARGE FL SALES TAX ASSESSMENT?
    CLOSE BUSINESS TO AVOID LARGE FL SALES TAX ASSESSMENT?

    CLOSE BUSINESS TO AVOID LARGE FL SALES TAX ASSESSMENT? Are you facing a large Florida sales tax assessment? Are you considering shutting your doors and walking away from your business to avoid the ...

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  • NAPLES - JAILED FOR FAILURE TO FILE SALES TAX RETURNS
    NAPLES - JAILED FOR FAILURE TO FILE SALES TAX RETURNS

    On April 25, 2013, [ name omitted ], owner of Tony Rosado Automotive Services, Inc. located at 1890 Elsa St., Naples, Florida was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Department on felony charges ...

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  • KEY WEST PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR JAILED FOR SALES TAX
    KEY WEST PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR JAILED FOR SALES TAX

    On April 22, 2013, [ name omitted ], owner of Jamson Private Investigations, Security, and Recovery Agency located at 819 Peakcock Plaza, Key West, Florida was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff's ...

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  • BROWARD COUNTY AUTO DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    BROWARD COUNTY AUTO DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    On September 24, 2012, the Florida Department of Revenue ("FDOR") announced [name omitted], was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. The charges were that he allegedly collected over ...

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  • LONGWOOD USED CAR DEALER JAILED - SALES TAX THEFT
    LONGWOOD USED CAR DEALER JAILED - SALES TAX THEFT

    On April 8, 2013, [ name omitted ], owner of Palm Trading Group, LLC was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on felony charges concerning theft of over $49,000 of sales tax (collecting ...

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  • FL CAR DEALER: WHEN IS A SALE TAX EXEMPT?
    FL CAR DEALER: WHEN IS A SALE TAX EXEMPT?

    The purpose of this article is to go over some of the requirements a Florida car dealer faces when attempting to comply with the sales and use tax collection and remitting responsibilities for the ...

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  • FL TAX ALERT - POMPANO BEACH USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED
    FL TAX ALERT - POMPANO BEACH USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED

    POMPANO BEACH USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED IN SALES TAX THEFT CASE On February 1, 2013, [ name omitted ], owner of A 2 Zach's Auto Sales, Inc. was arrested by the Plantation Police Department on felony ...

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  • TAMPA CAR DEALER FACES 15+ YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    TAMPA CAR DEALER FACES 15+ YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    On January 7, 2013 [name omitted], former owner of Fair Deal Auto Sales of Tampa, Inc., was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on felony charges concerning theft of over $91,000 of ...

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  • BROWARD COUNTY CAR DEALER FACES 15+ YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    BROWARD COUNTY CAR DEALER FACES 15+ YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    On De cember 4, 2012, Biel Semexant, Jr., former owner of Smart Carz, LLC and Auction Access USA was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on multiple felony charges concerning theft of over ...

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  • FL TAX ALERT - LIQUOR STORE OWNERS TARGETED!!!!
    FL TAX ALERT - LIQUOR STORE OWNERS TARGETED!!!!

    LIQUOR STORE OWNERS ARE BEING AUDITED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AT UNPRECIDENTED LEVELS. HERE IS THE REASON WHY… If you own a liquor store (or convenience store) in Florida, then you have ...

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  • DeFUNIAK SPRINGS HOTELIER FACES 15 YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    DeFUNIAK SPRINGS HOTELIER FACES 15 YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    DeFUNIAK SPRINGS HOTELIER FACES 15 YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT On October 2, 2012, Lawrence Wright, former owner of TW Hospitality, LLC was arrested by the Walton County Sheriff's Department on second ...

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  • FL RESTAURATEUR FACING 30 YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    FL RESTAURATEUR FACING 30 YEARS FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    CLEAWATER FL RESTAURANT OWNER FACES 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 1ST DEGREE FELONY SALES TAX THEFT On September 5, 2012, [ name omitted ], former owner of The Venue Restaurant, located 2675 Ulmerton Road ...

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  • FL ARREST ALERT - OCALA USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    FL ARREST ALERT - OCALA USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    OCALA USED CAR DEALER ARRESTED IN SALES TAX THEFT CASE On August 1, 2012, [ name omitted ], owner of JMAX Auto Outlet, Inc. was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on felony and misdemeanor ...

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  • FL TAX ALERT - GRAND JURY PROPOSAL TO INVESTIGATE CPA's AS ­­­­­SALES TAX CHEATS
    FL TAX ALERT - GRAND JURY PROPOSAL TO INVESTIGATE CPA's AS ­­­­­SALES TAX CHEATS

    ­­FL TAX ALERT – GRAND JURY PROPOSAL TO INVESTIGATE CPA's AS ­­­­­SALES TAX CHEATS Given the multi-billion dollar shortfall of the Florida's budget in 2009, an 11 th Judicial Circuit Court Grand Jury ...

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  • FL ARREST ALERT - TAMPA JEWELRY STORE MANAGER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX THEFT
    FL ARREST ALERT - TAMPA JEWELRY STORE MANAGER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX THEFT

    TAMPA JEWELRY STORE MANAGER ARRESTED IN SALES TAX THEFT CASE On August 23, 2012, [ name omitted ], former manager of New Horizon Gold & Bead, LLC of Tampa was arrested by the Hillsborough County ...

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  • MIAMI AUTO REPAIR SHOP OWNER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX
    MIAMI AUTO REPAIR SHOP OWNER ARRESTED FOR SALES TAX

    On July 19, 2012, [ name omitted ], owner of Leira's Service Station of Miami was hauled in to jail for failing to file six consecutive sales tax returns and refusing to pay taxes due. The Miami ...

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  • FL TAX ALERT - CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS TARGETED!!!!
    FL TAX ALERT - CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS TARGETED!!!!

    CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS ARE BEING ASSAULTED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE. HERE IS THE REASON WHY… AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT If you or someone you know owns a convenience store in Florida, ...

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  • FT. MYERS BUSINESS OWNER ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REMIT ONLY $8,000 IN SALES TAX COLLECTED
    FT. MYERS BUSINESS OWNER ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REMIT ONLY $8,000 IN SALES TAX COLLECTED

    On July 31, 2012, Munaf M. Rashid was arrested by the Lee County's Sheriff's Department on a 3rd degree felony charge related to a mere $8,000 of collected but unremitted Florida sales tax, according ...

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