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Florida Sales Tax 

If you operate a business in the state of Florida, there is a good chance that your business activities are subject to the sales tax laws. If you owe delinquent sales taxes the Florida Department of Revenue will give you an opportunity to set up a stipulation agreement. Businesses that do not cooperate with the Department of Revenue may have their sales tax registration revoked through the filing of an administrative complaint. Without a sales tax registration, a business cannot legally engage in any business activity that is subject to sales taxes.

In addition to the revocation of their sales tax registration, owners of a business who have delinquent sales taxes can face the imposition of a penalty assessed against them personally. The Department of Revenue can refer the case to the State Attorney’s Office, which can file charges for theft of sales taxes, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Florida assesses a late filing or late payment penalty of 10% if the return or payment of the tax is received later than the due date and charges interest at a 9% annual rate.

If you are unsure if your business activity is subject to sales taxes or you have delinquent sales taxes or you are being aggressively pursued by the Florida Department of Revenue, please seek legal advice from RLU&W Law. Our tax lawyers are experienced in handling complex sales tax issues.

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