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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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  • FL Reemployment Tax: An Employer's Perspective, Part II
    FL Reemployment Tax: An Employer's Perspective, Part II

    An Employer’s Perspective: Florida “Reemployment Tax” aka, Unemployment Tax, Part II By James F. McAuley, Esq. BCS. Introduction Part I of this article focused on how an employer can distinguish ...

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  • FL SALES TAX NEXUS: FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON (FBA)
    FL SALES TAX NEXUS: FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON (FBA)

    Imagine owning an online business. The business has inventory in several states via Amazon’s Fulfillment By Amazon (“FBA”) services. This inventory is stored in warehouses across the country base on ...

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  • FL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION RISKED RENTING ON AIRBNB
    FL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION RISKED RENTING ON AIRBNB

    Florida County Property Appraisers take hard line on the rental of property through the popular Airbnb service. It is a longstanding tradition for technology and law to be at odds. Technology moves at ...

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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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  • ARE CLEANING SERVICES TAXABLE IN FLORIDA?
    ARE CLEANING SERVICES TAXABLE IN FLORIDA?

    ARE CLEANING SERVICES TAXABLE IN FLORIDA? I get calls several times a month from nervous owners of cleaning companies and suspicious customers of cleaning companies, both asking the same question: Are ...

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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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  • ST PETERSBURG SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT HELP
    ST PETERSBURG SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT HELP

    ST PETERSBURG SALES TAX ATTORNEY | SALES TAX AUDIT DEFENSE If you are in the St Petersburg/Clearwater area and the Florida Department of Revenue is focused on your business or your client's business ...

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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 AUDITS ON USED CAR DEALERS - WHAT IS TAXABLE?
    FL SALES TAX AUDITS ON USED CAR DEALERS - WHAT IS TAXABLE?

    FL Used Car Audits – What is taxable? Our law firm handles Florida sales and use tax controversies for a wide variety of industries. However, lately we have seen more and more audits involving used ...

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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 DOR CONTINUES C-STORE ONSLAUGHT FOR FLORIDA SALES TAX
    FL DOR CONTINUES C-STORE ONSLAUGHT FOR FLORIDA SALES TAX

    FL DOR CONTINUES C-STORE ONSLAUGHT FOR FLORIDA SALES TAX Since 2011, our firm has been writing and warning any business that sells beer, liquor, and/or cigarettes, that the Florida sales and use tax ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES & USE TAX AUDITS: DUELING PERSPECTIVES
    FLORIDA SALES & USE TAX AUDITS: DUELING PERSPECTIVES

    FLORIDA SALES & USE TAX AUDITS: DUELING PERSPECTIVES As one of the few Florida licensed attorneys to have ever worked as both a Sales and Use Tax Auditor for the Florida Department of Revenue (FL DOR) ...

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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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  • 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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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX AUDIT HELP
    FLORIDA SALES TAX AUDIT HELP

    If your company received a Form DR-840 Notice of Intent to Audit Books and Records for Sales and Use Tax from the Florida Department of Revenue, then you probably have a lot of questions. Whether you ...

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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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  • BOAT CAR PLANE DEALERS: FL SALES TAX FORMS
    BOAT CAR PLANE DEALERS: FL SALES TAX FORMS

    FL DOR Forms: Planes, Boats, & Autos for Florida Sales Tax Clicking around on the Florida Department of Revenue's ("FL DOR") website reminds me of the John Candy and Steve Martin movie in the late ...

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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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  • FL TAX ALERT - USED CAR DEALERS TARGETED!!!!
    FL TAX ALERT - USED CAR DEALERS TARGETED!!!!

    USED CAR DEALERS ARE THE FOCUS OF A STATEWIDE SALES TAX SWEEP BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE. HERE IS THE REASON WHY… Because our law firm practices almost exclusively against the Florida ...

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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 TAX - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE CAN BE THE PERFECT SOLUTION
    FL TAX - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE CAN BE THE PERFECT SOLUTION

    Upside Down with Your Florida Sales Tax? Why Not Voluntarily Disclose? During a down economic market, it is all too easy for a business to pay the power bill, employee salaries, rent, etc. and not ...

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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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  • CRIPPLING PENALTIES UNDER FLORIDA SALES AND USE TAX LAW
    CRIPPLING PENALTIES UNDER FLORIDA SALES AND USE TAX LAW

    People often talk about how complicated government regulation is getting these days and how it makes it very hard for businesses to operate in our great country. One would think that our government ...

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  • FL TAX LEGISLATION ALERT - FELONY TO EVEN POSSESS SALES SUPRESSION SOFTWARE
    FL TAX LEGISLATION ALERT - FELONY TO EVEN POSSESS SALES SUPRESSION SOFTWARE

    FLORIDA LEGISLATION CRIMINALIZING AUTOMATED SALES SUPRESSION SOFTWARE (aka "ZAPPER SOFTWARE") AWAITS GOVENOR'S SIGNATURE UPDATE - APRIL 27, 2012 - PENDING STATUTE VETOED BY GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. What ...

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  • FLORIDA SILENT AS OTHER STATES OFFER RULINGS ON GROUPON & SALES TAX
    FLORIDA SILENT AS OTHER STATES OFFER RULINGS ON GROUPON & SALES TAX

    Florida Still a No Show as Other States Offer Rulings on Groupon Sales Tax In January 2012, I blogged about the sales tax and escheat risks associated with Groupon, Living Social, and similar online ...

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  • FL Tax Alert - ALCOHOL & TOBACCO RETAILERS BEWARE!
    FL Tax Alert - ALCOHOL & TOBACCO RETAILERS BEWARE!

    FL LEGISLATIVE ALERT - ALCHOHOL & TOBACCO RETAILERS BEWARE! A little noticed new law went into effect on May 31, 2011 that requires manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors who sell alcohol ...

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  • New Legislation to Battle High Tech Sales Tax Fraud - Phantom Zapper Software
    New Legislation to Battle High Tech Sales Tax Fraud - Phantom Zapper Software

    Florida Tax Professionals Beware – Are Your Clients Keeping Two Sets Of Books with New Technology? Ok, so skimming a little off the top for business in industries that deal with a lot of cash is ...

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