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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX HANDBOOK: CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX HANDBOOK: CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS

    Florida sales and use tax laws are very confusing, especially in the construction industry. To make matters even more confusing, the industry is filled with people that “think” they know the right way ...

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  • FL Sales Tax Audit: Gas Station Convenience Store
    FL Sales Tax Audit: Gas Station Convenience Store

    Throughout my time both with the Florida Department of Revenue and after, I have seen that gas stations and convenience stores are a common target of Florida sales tax audits. As we are rapidly ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX HANDBOOK: HVAC CONTRACTORS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX HANDBOOK: HVAC CONTRACTORS

    Florida sales and use tax laws are very confusing, especially in the construction industry. HVAC companies fall into this category of confusion as well, but the issues are a little more clear cut if ...

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  • Shipping: An Overlooked Florida Sales Tax Exemption
    Shipping: An Overlooked Florida Sales Tax Exemption

    In a modern economy, virtually everything is purchased and sold over the internet. Even groceries can now be ordered on demand from local Whole Foods. While sales tax has always been a charge ...

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  • Technology: Overlooked Florida Sales Tax Exemption
    Technology: Overlooked Florida Sales Tax Exemption

    Technology and Florida’s sales and use tax laws have been playing a game of cat and mouse for decades. As new technology enters the market, Florida tries to capture that new technology under its ...

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  • Bad Debts – Florida Sales Tax Exemption
    Bad Debts – Florida Sales Tax Exemption

    Did you know you can take sales tax credits for bad debts in your business? Quite often, businesses do not collect the total balance of their sales. These bad debts are kept track of, and at the end ...

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  • PROTEST A FL SALES AND USE TAX AUDIT
    PROTEST A FL SALES AND USE TAX AUDIT

    There is not much worse of a feeling than opening mail with a sales and use tax audit notice from the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR). Barring exceptional facts and circumstances, you or your ...

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  • Is Labor Subject to Sales Tax in Florida?
    Is Labor Subject to Sales Tax in Florida?

    Florida taxpayers are often surprised to discover that labor is subject to sales and use tax. However, it is not all labor that is subject to tax. Instead, it is only certain types of labor. To make ...

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  • FL DOR Abuses “Limited Scope Audit” Authority
    FL DOR Abuses “Limited Scope Audit” Authority

    For many years, the Florida Department of Revenue has issued notices to taxpayers for “limited scope audits” or “self-audits.” Generally, these notices indicate a lead number which references some ...

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  • FL Sales Tax: Occasional Isolated Sales Exemptions
    FL Sales Tax: Occasional Isolated Sales Exemptions

    Florida exempts both occasional sales and isolated sales from sales and use tax. While, most people are familiar with the principle that sales of tangible personal property at retail are subject to ...

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  • Florida Sales Tax: Nursing Homes
    Florida Sales Tax: Nursing Homes

    The purpose of this article is to discuss the Florida sales and use tax treatment for rent between (1) the nursing home and its landlord and (2) the nursing home and its tenants. A popular state for ...

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  • Florida Sales and Use Tax: ESCAPE ROOMS
    Florida Sales and Use Tax: ESCAPE ROOMS

    We have seen a growing trend of Florida sales and use tax audits on ESCAPE ROOMS. The purpose of this article to discuss the Florida sales and use tax issues surrounding escape rooms. If you are ...

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  • FL Sales Tax - GBR Case Holds DOR Rule Invalid
    FL Sales Tax - GBR Case Holds DOR Rule Invalid

    UPDATE: The FL DOR filed a notice of appeal in the GBR case. Stay tuned! The Florida Department of Revenue promulgates many administrative rules interpreting Florida’s Chapter 212 sales and use tax ...

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  • Florida Notice of Final Assessment (NOFA) | FL Dept. of Revenue
    Florida Notice of Final Assessment (NOFA) | FL Dept. of Revenue

    The Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR) loves to send out mailings to taxpayers. In many cases, the FDOR’s computer system sends out the “good” news automatically when there is an amount that is due. ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX INFORMAL WRITTEN PROTEST
    FLORIDA SALES TAX INFORMAL WRITTEN PROTEST

    If you are here reading about your right to file a FLORIDA SALES TAX INFORMAL WRITTEN PROTEST , then you have just been through a Florida sales and use tax audit, a mind numbing experience in which a ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX FOR REMOTE SELLERS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX FOR REMOTE SELLERS

    In June 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided South Dakota v. Wayfair . The Court tossed aside the old requirement a business had to be physically located in a state before the state could ...

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  • Florida Sales Tax Audits - Common Industries Targeted
    Florida Sales Tax Audits - Common Industries Targeted

    Business owners should be aware that the Florida Department of Revenue is getting very aggressive in their approach to sales and use tax audits as well as reemployment tax audits. By using a wide ...

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  • FL Sales Tax Audit:  By Tax Lawyer and Former Auditor
    FL Sales Tax Audit: By Tax Lawyer and Former Auditor

    Au·dit : /ˈôdət/ A word designed to strike fear into the heart of business owners. It is a taxable privilege to sell items of tangible personal property in Florida [1] . This privilege is bestowed on ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX – COUPONS v. DISCOUNTS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX – COUPONS v. DISCOUNTS

    For consumers, the difference between a coupon or a discount does not make much of a difference most of the time. As far as a consumer is concerned, both reduce the amount paid for an item or a ...

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  • FL Property Tax Exemption for Nontraditional Schools
    FL Property Tax Exemption for Nontraditional Schools

    Florida provides a property tax exemption for properties used for educational purposes. While state schools and universities would seem to fall very clearly under this category, they only represent a ...

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  • FL TARGETS FLORISTS FOR SALES TAX AUDITS
    FL TARGETS FLORISTS FOR SALES TAX AUDITS

    The Florida Department of Revenue has been focused on auditing florists for sales and use tax audits. I remember being told at an early age that sending flowers says “I love you” to the recipient. As ...

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  • Florida Sales Tax – Hope Scholarship Credit
    Florida Sales Tax – Hope Scholarship Credit

    The Hope Scholarship provides bullied or physically assaulted students with a scholarship to another school. However, car dealers are in for a significant amount of additional rules and regulations ...

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  • Restaurant Basics to Avoid Sales and Use Tax Audits
    Restaurant Basics to Avoid Sales and Use Tax Audits

    As there are so many moving parts to running a business, especially a restaurant, proper sales tax collection is oftentimes overlooked. When restaurant owners call us and tell us they need help with ...

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  • JACKSONVILLE CONVENIENCE STORES GET SALES TAX AUDITS
    JACKSONVILLE CONVENIENCE STORES GET SALES TAX AUDITS

    If you are a convenience store owner, then you are most likely aware that the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR) has been auditing your industry aggressively the last six or seven years. ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX AND DROP SHIPMENTS
    FLORIDA SALES TAX AND DROP SHIPMENTS

    Drop shipments are great ways for sellers to take advantage of avoiding the costs of inventory storage when selling to customers. For a drop shipment to occur, normally an individual buys from a ...

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  • Scholarship Donations in Lieu of FL Sales Tax on Rent?
    Scholarship Donations in Lieu of FL Sales Tax on Rent?

    Does your business make donations to help fund scholarships? Does your business also pay sales tax on commercial rent? As of October 1, 2018, Florida businesses can apply to reduce the sales tax on ...

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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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  • 0% Florida Sales Tax Rate?  Yes, In Certain Zip Codes
    0% Florida Sales Tax Rate? Yes, In Certain Zip Codes

    Tangible personal property imported, produced, or manufactured in this state for export are not subject to Florida sales tax when the importer, producer, or manufacturer delivers the property to a ...

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  • An Employer's Perspective: Florida
    An Employer's Perspective: Florida "Reemployment tax" aka, Unemployment Tax

    An Employer’s Perspective: Florida “Reemployment tax” aka, Unemployment Tax. Part I of II by James F. McAuley, Esq. Who must pay Florida Reemployment tax? Generally, speaking it’s the difference ...

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  • 2018 Car Dealer FL Sales Tax Rates Nonresident Purchasers
    2018 Car Dealer FL Sales Tax Rates Nonresident Purchasers

    2018 TIP 18A01-01 Florida Sales Tax Rates on Cars for Nonresident Purchasers When a non-resident buys a car from a Florida car dealer, then there is a way to limit the sales tax charged to the ...

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  • Dear Taxpayer: Sales Tax Audit - Now What?
    Dear Taxpayer: Sales Tax Audit - Now What?

    Dear John (Business Owner): I am writing this letter to you to follow up on your recent Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) sales and use tax audit. If you have already received the Notice of Intent ...

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  • RESTAURANT FLORIDA SALES TAX HANDBOOK
    RESTAURANT FLORIDA SALES TAX HANDBOOK

    FLORIDA SALES TAX ON RESTAURANTS Restaurant owners and managers know the challenges of daily operations. From the stresses of employees being unable to make a shift to ensuring you have enough product ...

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  • FLORIDA SALES TAX ATTORNEYS and CPAs - Moffa Sutton Donnini
    FLORIDA SALES TAX ATTORNEYS and CPAs - Moffa Sutton Donnini

    If your business has a sales tax problem with the Florida Department of Revenue, then you DON’T want to hire a “tax resolution” firm that specializes in IRS collections work. You want a law firm whose ...

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  • SALES TAX ON AIRCRAFT PARTS AND REPAIRS IN FLORIDA
    SALES TAX ON AIRCRAFT PARTS AND REPAIRS IN FLORIDA

    SALES TAX ON AIRCRAFT PARTS AND REPAIRS IN FLORIDA The general rule is aircraft parts are considered to be tangible personal property, which are subject to tax when purchased or used in Florida. ...

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  • Cleaning Services Are Taxable In Florida
    Cleaning Services Are Taxable In Florida

    It happens more often then I’d like. Despite a long day at the office, a last minute phone call or email has kept me at work until my car is the only one I see in the parking lot when I leave. But ...

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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 Auto Dealers: DOR Cherry-Picks Statutes to Over-Assess Auto Dealers
    FL Auto Dealers: DOR Cherry-Picks Statutes to Over-Assess Auto Dealers

    When an audit is initiated against a car dealer, it can send owners scrambling for records of all kinds. From bad debts to out-of-state sales, there are countless documents from the three-year period ...

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  • Tax Assessment Unenforceable Under Florida Law?
    Tax Assessment Unenforceable Under Florida Law?

    WHEN A TAX ASSESSMENT IS UNENFORCEABLE UNDER FLORIDA LAW BY JAMES F.McAULEY [1] Florida law has a specific definition for the term “rule”. In the context of administrative law and state tax rulings, ...

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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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  • FL DOR WAITS 10 YRS TO SAY DROP SHIPMENTS NOT TAXABLE
    FL DOR WAITS 10 YRS TO SAY DROP SHIPMENTS NOT TAXABLE

    After nearly 10 years in limbo, the Florida Department of Revenue (“Department”) issued a Final Order resolving a taxpayer’s litigated tax liability issuing a final order in March 2017 finally ...

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  • FL SALES TAX AUDIT - HOTELS & EXTENDED STAY MOTELS
    FL SALES TAX AUDIT - HOTELS & EXTENDED STAY MOTELS

    Are you a hotel owner/operator facing a Florida sales tax audit? Did you try to handle the audit yourself thinking nothing was wrong? Or have you heard enough horror stories about sales tax audits ...

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  • FL Taxation of Florists Case Denied Cert by US Sp Ct
    FL Taxation of Florists Case Denied Cert by US Sp Ct

    FL Taxation of Florists Case Denied Cert by US Sp Ct I remember when one could understand the limits of a state’s ability to subject transactions to sales tax. But that understanding has been ...

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  • 2017 TIP 16A01-24 FL Sales Tax Rates on Cars for Nonresident Purchasers
    2017 TIP 16A01-24 FL Sales Tax Rates on Cars for Nonresident Purchasers

    2017 Florida Sales Tax Car Exemption for Nonresident Purchasers Florida Car Dealers – the publication for 2017 sales tax rates on vehicle sales throughout the United States has arrived! Florida ...

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  • FL TAXABLE RENTAL VS NONTAXABLE SERVICE
    FL TAXABLE RENTAL VS NONTAXABLE SERVICE

    FL TAXABLE RENTAL VS NONTAXABLE SERVICE We have been getting an usually high number of calls from companies that are being audited and assessed Florida sales tax when using equipment to provide a ...

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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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  • Florida Sales Tax Audit - What to Really Expect - Part 2
    Florida Sales Tax Audit - What to Really Expect - Part 2

    Part 2 - Documents, Documents, Documents Florida sale tax auditors love documents. One of the first things presented to the taxpayer during a Florida sales tax audit is a list of documents they wish ...

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  • Florida Sales Tax Audit: What to Really Expect - Part 1
    Florida Sales Tax Audit: What to Really Expect - Part 1

    Part 1 – The Initial Contact The Florida department of revenue has a publication titled “What to expect from a Florida tax audit” (GT-800042 – if you are that interested), that states an audit “should ...

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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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  • FL Taxpayer Wins! Reservation & Cleaning Fees NOT Taxable!
    FL Taxpayer Wins! Reservation & Cleaning Fees NOT Taxable!

    Florida’s hotel reservation industry claimed another victory this week against the county Tourist Development Tax and Florida Sales Tax. This time we were dealing with Sarasota County trying to impose ...

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  • FL SALES TAX BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINT - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE AVAILABLE
    FL SALES TAX BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINT - VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE AVAILABLE

    The biometric fingerprint industry in Florida has been in shock over the last year regarding a revelation that their services might be subject to Florida sales tax. Considering that almost no one in ...

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  • Star Wars Parody - Florida Department of Revenue
    Star Wars Parody - Florida Department of Revenue

    The Florida Department of Revenue... "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." ** This is a parody for comedic purposes only. We do not own any rights to Star Wars or its ...

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  • 2015 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING
    2015 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING

    FICPA / DOR LIASON MEETING – DECEMBER 11, 2015 [If there are any misspelled names or incorrect titles provided herein, then please email HERE so corrections can be made immediately. Thank you!] Kevin ...

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  • FL SALES TAX CLASS ACTION ON PIZZA HUT DELIVERY FEE
    FL SALES TAX CLASS ACTION ON PIZZA HUT DELIVERY FEE

    Few understand or even bring up sales tax issues when they order pizza. The next time you order pizza, take a look at the receipt and see if the pizza shop charges you for the delivery. Does the ...

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  • FL Sales & Use Tax Audits - The Sunshine State Exempts a Solar Energy System
    FL Sales & Use Tax Audits - The Sunshine State Exempts a Solar Energy System

    Despite Florida's rainy and occasionally cloudy summers, the Sunshine State provides residents the opportunity to "go green" with its abundantly available sunshine for alternative energy purposes. To ...

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  • CHALLENGING AGENCY STATEMENTS DEFINED AS A RULE
    CHALLENGING AGENCY STATEMENTS DEFINED AS A RULE

    CHALLENGING AGENCY STATEMENTS DEFINED AS A RULE Florida law has a specific definition for the term "rule". In the context of administrative law and state tax rulings, the term is defined as follows: ...

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  • FL DOR ABUSES CONVENIENCE STORE INDUSTRY
    FL DOR ABUSES CONVENIENCE STORE INDUSTRY

    FL DOR ABUSES CONVENIENCE STORE INDUSTRY Around 2009, the major players in the Florida gas station industry approached the Department of Revenue (FL DOR) complaining about the small, single owner ...

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  • AIRCRAFT AIRPLANE vs FLORIDA SALES TAX
    AIRCRAFT AIRPLANE vs FLORIDA SALES TAX

    Airplane/Aircraft vs Florida Sales Tax – The Basics On the surface, Florida sales tax seems like an incredibly dull and simple subject. If someone sells tangible personal property at retail in ...

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  • FL REEMPLOYMENT TAX AUDT: INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR vs EMPLOYEE
    FL REEMPLOYMENT TAX AUDT: INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR vs EMPLOYEE

    Florida Reemployment Tax Audit The Big Question: Employee or Independent Contractor? Many employers classify employees as independent contractors to receive economic and business benefits, one of them ...

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  • FL Sales Tax - Like Texas, FL's DOAH Getting Flooded
    FL Sales Tax - Like Texas, FL's DOAH Getting Flooded

    FL Sales Tax – Like Texas, FL's DOAH Getting Flooded This article is a nice follow up to a prior article which talked about the lack of protection from the FL Taxpayer Bill of Rights and the lack of ...

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  • INTERIOR DESIGNERS: FL SALES TAX PLANNING
    INTERIOR DESIGNERS: FL SALES TAX PLANNING

    INTERIOR DESIGNERS: FL SALES TAX PLANNING The sales tax rules in Florida are, in whole, founded on a fairly simple notion—tax is imposed at a rate of 6% on the sale of tangible personal property (plus ...

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  • Is the FL DOR using the best available information for Sales Tax Audit?
    Is the FL DOR using the best available information for Sales Tax Audit?

    FL Sales & Use Tax Audits – Is the FL DOR using the best available information? If you or your client has gone through an audit, then you have received the Notice of Intent to Make Audit Changes ...

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  • FL Tax - Verizon Business Purchasing Wins in 1st DCA
    FL Tax - Verizon Business Purchasing Wins in 1st DCA

    Way back in 2011, I co-authorized a piece entitled "When is an assessment an assessment" in the Florida CPA Magazine. In that article, we highlighted a potential flaw with Florida sales tax audits. We ...

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  • FL Sales Tax: Rhinehart Equipment on to the Appellate Courts
    FL Sales Tax: Rhinehart Equipment on to the Appellate Courts

    Rhinehart Equipment on to the Appellate Courts Just when the Florida Department of Revenue ("Department") thinks they have finally chalked up a sales tax legal victory, Rhinehart Equipment comes back ...

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  • FL 1ST DCA: VERIZON APPEALS PROPOSED ASSESSMENT NOT FINAL
    FL 1ST DCA: VERIZON APPEALS PROPOSED ASSESSMENT NOT FINAL

    FL 1 ST DCA: VERIZON APPEALS PROPOSED ASSESSMENT NOT FINAL On May 12, 2015, there was yet another riveting display of legal arguments in the sales tax arena over a very simple, yet relevant issue: ...

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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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  • FL Sales Tax vs DMV - Boat with Outboard Motor
    FL Sales Tax vs DMV - Boat with Outboard Motor

    FL Sales Tax vs DMV – Boat with Outboard Motor As a firm that deals with Florida sales and use tax controversy almost every day of the week, it is not too often that we bump into FL sales and use tax ...

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  • FLORIDA USE TAX AUDIT LETTER?
    FLORIDA USE TAX AUDIT LETTER?

    Florida Use Tax Audit Letter? Many people in Florida are not aware that if a business does not charge you sales tax on an item then you owe use tax to the state of Florida. They are many legal reasons ...

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  • WHEN SALES TAX AUDITORS MAY NOT PICK AND CHOOSE RECORDS TO USE
    WHEN SALES TAX AUDITORS MAY NOT PICK AND CHOOSE RECORDS TO USE

    WHEN SALES TAX AUDITORS MAY NOT PICK AND CHOOSE RECORDS TO USE On April 17, 2015, an administrative law judge handed the Florida Department of Revenue a major setback when he ruled on what records ...

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  • FLORIDA DBPR ABT LOSES BLUNT WRAPS TAXABILITY CASE
    FLORIDA DBPR ABT LOSES BLUNT WRAPS TAXABILITY CASE

    Over the past few years, we have been writing updates dealing with tax issues in connection with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and ...

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  • TIP 15A01-02 - FL Tax Exemptions for Pet Food & Veterinarians
    TIP 15A01-02 - FL Tax Exemptions for Pet Food & Veterinarians

    Grocery products for people are generally exempt from sales tax in Florida. The food for our furry friends is not extended the same courtesy. A new TIP released on February 6, 2015 by the Department ...

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  • IS RENT SUBJECT TO FLORIDA SALES TAX?
    IS RENT SUBJECT TO FLORIDA SALES TAX?

    FLORIDA SALES TAX ON RENT Many corporate attorneys advise their clients that own real estate, to segregate the business operations into its own legal entity separate from the real estate. The reason ...

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  • FL DOR Sales Tax Audits - Beware of Electronic Records Requests
    FL DOR Sales Tax Audits - Beware of Electronic Records Requests

    As has been noted by our firm and in other comments in articles and message boards, the FL DOR has experienced much attrition in its auditor ranks over the last few years. There are a number of ...

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  • 2014 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING SUMMARY
    2014 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING SUMMARY

    2014 FICPA DOR LIAISON MEETING For more than 30 years, the FICPA and the Florida Department of Revenue have meet once a year to discuss that state of affairs between our state's taxing authority and ...

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  • FL DOR - THE MAGIC BEHIND THE CURTAIN
    FL DOR - THE MAGIC BEHIND THE CURTAIN

    FL DOR – THE MAGIC BEHIND THE CURTAIN Have you ever seen a magic show on TV or been lucky enough to watch a live magic show and wondered just how each of those seemingly miraculous feats of wonder are ...

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  • FL SALES TAX - TAA 14A-020 - NAICS CODES VERSUS NONRESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICES
    FL SALES TAX - TAA 14A-020 - NAICS CODES VERSUS NONRESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICES

    FL SALES TAX – TAA 14A-020 - NAICS CODES VERSUS NONRESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICES Ever since the Department of Revenue began taxing "non-residential cleaning services" in the 1990's under Sec. ...

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  • FL DOR SALES TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE MOBILE APP
    FL DOR SALES TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE MOBILE APP

    FL DOR SALES TAX EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE MOBILE APP What do Angry Birds, Wonderlists, Starbucks, Groupon and the Florida Department of Revenue all have in common? As of a few weeks ago, they all have ...

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  • WHEN A CLOSED BUSINESS ISN'T CLOSED TO FL DOR
    WHEN A CLOSED BUSINESS ISN'T CLOSED TO FL DOR

    When a Closed Business Isn't Closed to the DOR According to the Small Business Administration, about 50% of businesses close within 5 years of starting. This means that a significant number of company ...

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  • FL SALES TAX - RESALE TO OUT OF STATE CAR DEALERS
    FL SALES TAX - RESALE TO OUT OF STATE CAR DEALERS

    FL SALES TAX – RESALE TO OUT OF STATE CAR DEALERS Just wanted to give everyone a heads up concerning something that is popping up on car dealer audits lately, specifically concerning sales from a ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 ON EQUIPMENT SHARING AGREEMENTS
    FL SALES TAX ON EQUIPMENT SHARING AGREEMENTS

    Rental of Real Property or Rental of TPP vs Leased Equipment We received several inquiries lately on the topic of the rental of real property versus the rental of tangible personal property (TPP) in ...

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  • 2014 FL SALES TAX EXEMPTION ON MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT
    2014 FL SALES TAX EXEMPTION ON MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT

    2014 FL SALES TAX EXEMPTION ON MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT In Florida, our legislature is always incentivizing manufacturers to set up camp in our state. Let's face it, Florida loves manufactures! From a ...

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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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  • SHIPPING CHARGES vs FL SALES TAX
    SHIPPING CHARGES vs FL SALES TAX

    FL SALES TAX vs SHIPPING – TRANSPORTATION CHARGES Tax laws dealing with whether shipping, handling, and transportation charges are included in the sales price for sales and use tax purposes are ...

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  • PHOTOGRAPHY IN FLORIDA - BEWARE THE SALES TAX
    PHOTOGRAPHY IN FLORIDA - BEWARE THE SALES TAX

    PHOTOGRAPHY IN FLORIDA – BEWARE THE SALES TAX While destination weddings are growing in popularity – so is the focus of state tax departments on photographers. For all practical purposes, Florida is ...

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  • 7,000 FL TAX WARRANTS ISSUED IN ERROR - GOV SCOTT TOO
    7,000 FL TAX WARRANTS ISSUED IN ERROR - GOV SCOTT TOO

    The purpose of this article is to bring to light something despicable happening in Florida. The group that I refer to as our Draconian [1] Comrades in Tallahassee are continuing their harassment of ...

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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 Discretionary Sales Surtax: DOR Errors
    Florida Discretionary Sales Surtax: DOR Errors

    In our state, many counties have a discretionary sales surtax which is charged on most of the goods or services for which sales or use tax applies. These rates commonly go from .25% to 1.5% and only ...

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  • FLORIDA TAX EXEMPT ENTITIES - SALES AND USE TAX HELP
    FLORIDA TAX EXEMPT ENTITIES - SALES AND USE TAX HELP

    Florida Tax Exempt Entities – Sales and Use Tax Help Over the past year, we have received an increased number of inquiries regarding religious, not-for-profit, and other exempt organizations. It is ...

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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 SALES AND USE TAX - AUDIT TIMELINE FROM THE DOR'S PERSPECTIVE
    FL SALES AND USE TAX - AUDIT TIMELINE FROM THE DOR'S PERSPECTIVE

    FL SALES AND USE TAX – AUDIT TIMELINE FROM THE DOR'S PERSPECTIVE Given how stealthily complex Florida sales and use tax can be for most businesses, a sales and use tax audit can be a very expensive ...

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  • FL WHOLESALE TOBACCO TAX UPDATE - MIAMI HOOKAH SUES FL DBPR
    FL WHOLESALE TOBACCO TAX UPDATE - MIAMI HOOKAH SUES FL DBPR

    FL BEVERAGE AND TOBACCO TAXES UPDATE – MIAMI HOOKAH JUMPS ON BANDWAGON On February 1, 2012, a case named Micjo was decided that would change the alcohol and beverage tax world in Florida forever. Many ...

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  • FL DOR DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO COMPROMISE TAX
    FL DOR DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO COMPROMISE TAX

    When trying to get taxes, interest, or penalties compromised with the Florida Department of Revenue, it is good to know just how much authority the person you are speaking with has. The document below ...

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  • FICPA - FL DOR LIAISON MEETING 2013 SUMMARY
    FICPA - FL DOR LIAISON MEETING 2013 SUMMARY

    FLORIDA BAR TAX SECTION / FL DOR LIAISON MEETING 2013 On November 14, 2013, about 40 members of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants ("FICPA") participated in a meeting with high ...

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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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  • 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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  • FL COUNTER-TOP COMPANIES: FL SALES TAX PROBLEMS
    FL COUNTER-TOP COMPANIES: FL SALES TAX PROBLEMS

    COUNTER-TOP COMPANIES WITH FL SALES TAX PROBLEMS We have recently seen an alarming increase of Florida sales and use tax audits dealing with fabricating and real property installation companies. Of ...

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  • FL CABINET COMPANIES WITH SALES TAX PROBLEMS
    FL CABINET COMPANIES WITH SALES TAX PROBLEMS

    CABINET COMPANIES WITH FL SALES TAX PROBLEMS We have recently seen an alarming increase of Florida sales and use tax audits dealing with fabricating and real property installation companies. Of ...

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