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With the economy in our country today, we are walking into a major problem.
Literally thousands of businesses are having Sales Tax issues.
We are moving towards a situation never seen in Florida and the United States and the Florida Department of Revenue is not backing down one bit. Florida’s Department of Revenue is sending out more enforcement and audit notices than they have in their history.
Hiring a Florida Sales Tax Attorney can provide you with the highest level of expertise for Florida Sales Tax Problems.
If you have received a Notice or Letter from the Criminal Division the only person you should be speaking with is a competent and experienced Florida Sales Tax Attorney and no one else.
Only a Florida Sales Tax Attorney can protect you under Attorney-Client Privilege.
There are several steps that you can take to fix your Sales Tax Problem immediately. Some information you should know.
A Professional and Experienced Firm
Michael D. Sullivan, Former IRS Agent, has its main office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the firm’s staff consists of Florida Sales Tax Experts such as CPA’S, former IRS agents and former instructors who have worked hand in hand with the Florida’s Sales Tax and the Department of Revenue.
Michael D. Sullivan, Former IRS Agent and it’s principles have handled thousands and thousands of cases over the years, both in government service and in their professional practice.
Our typical client is one that has not filed or not reported matters involving sales taxes and or IRS related issues. We also have a network of attorneys that work criminal cases as well. We handle cases all through the State of Florida.
Over the past 27 years of private practice alone, we have settled thousands of government cases with successful results. We have an excellent track record and have the highest score in regards to the Better Business Bureau.
Our professionals are members of various National Organizations, have been keynote speakers on tax issues and are certified by the Florida Department of Professional Regulation to administer and teach other professionals in their continuing educational programs. We are the professionals professional.
Florida Sales Tax Problem Representation Issues
State of Florida sales tax representation includes the following matters with the Florida Department of Revenue:
- Tax audits on any and all sales tax issues and matters
- Non-filing matters
- Criminal investigations that are referred to attorneys that best fit your profile
- Department of Revenue enforcement action or warrant proceedings
- Stipulated time payments
- Requests for settlements or Compromise
Keys to resolving your Florida Sales Tax Problem
There are several keys to make sure your case is resolved timely. These keys are necessary on every case. The Department of Revenue is interested in resolving the cases in their system. The DOR goal is to close cases and get them out of their inventory.
Here are the keys necessary to stop enforcement action on your back taxes.
- Have all your tax returns filed before you call Florida Sales Tax and the Department of Revenue on your back tax issues.
- Be prepared to give the Department of Revenue a financial statement whether you are a hardship candidate, want an installment agreement or want to settle your case.
- Be prepared to give the Department of Revenue all supporting documentation to prove your financial statement.
- Make sure you are current on deposit requirements.
Are you being Audited by Florida DOR, Read Carefully
The State of Florida, Department of Revenue audit taxpayers to:
- Enforce Florida tax laws uniformly.
- Deter tax evasion.
- Promote voluntary compliance.
- Educate taxpayers.
As a general rule, the State of Florida Sales Division accepts most tax returns as filed, however they audit some returns to verify accuracy and evaluate compliance.
Florida Sales Tax Audits do not always result in the taxpayer owing additional tax, penalty or interest.
The auditor may adjust a credit carryover or correct distribution without assessing additional tax. The auditor may even determine that a refund is due.
How Are Taxpayers Selected for Audit by the Florida Sales Tax Division
The methods for selecting a business or individual to audit vary from tax to tax.
Here are some examples of sources we use to identify a potential audit candidate:
- Internal Revenue Service information.
- Information sharing programs with other states and state agencies.
- Computer-based random selection.
- Analysis of Florida tax return information.
- Business publications, periodicals, journals, and directories.
What Types of Records Will I Need to Provide to an Auditor or Inspector?
When we notify you of our intent to audit, we will also tell you what records you will need to provide.
The types of records may include, but are not limited to:
1. General ledgers and journals
2. Cash receipt and disbursement journals
3. Purchase and sales journals
4. Sales tax exemption or resale certificates
5. Florida tax returns
6. Federal tax returns
7. Depreciation schedules
8. Property records
9. Other documentation to verify amounts entered on tax returns
You must keep your records for three years since an audit can extend back that far. The Department may audit for periods longer than three years if you did not file, or filed a substantially incorrect return or payment.
Your Rights During a Sales Tax Audit?
The Florida Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights provides protection for taxpayers’ privacy and assets during their interactions with Revenue employees.
Your rights include:
- The right to fair treatment.
- The right to get available information and prompt, accurate responses to your questions.
- The right to have the Department begin and complete its audit in a timely manner after we notify you of our intent to audit.
- The right to get simple, nontechnical statements which explain the reason for audit selection and the procedures, remedies, and rights available during audit, appeals, and collection proceedings.
Can I Request Technical Assistance During the Audit?
When there are transactions or issues for which the tax consequences are questionable, you may ask for a written statement of our position any time during the audit. Our office of Technical Assistance and Dispute Resolution will issue a Technical Assistance Advisement (TAA), which is binding on the Department.
For more information, read “Requesting Advice During an Audit.” We encourage you to use our Tax Law Library to research the issue before requesting technical assistance.
What Happens When the Audit is Complete?
After your audit is complete, you can review the audit findings and proposed changes to your tax liability. The auditor will give you a copy of the work papers and explain your rights, including deadlines for filing protests.
If you agree with the audit findings, we expect you to pay the amount due in full.
You have the right to protest the proposed changes if you disagree with them. “How to Pay Your Audit Assessment” has more details.
Self-Audit/Self-Analysis Tax Audits
The Department uses self-audit or self-analysis projects to educate taxpayers on issues related to a particular compliance problem or industry. We send selected taxpayers information about a specific tax or issue, user-friendly instructions, and simple worksheets. We ask them to review the materials, complete the worksheets, calculate any additional tax due, and return the paperwork to us with payment. The auditor has limited contact with the taxpayer and does not visit the taxpayer’s location.
The Department usually accepts the taxpayer’s responses. However, participation in a self-audit/self-analysis does not exempt the taxpayer from further audit review of the same time period.
How to stop Florida Sales Tax collection enforcement on your back taxes sales tax
- Contact the Department of Revenue on your back tax problem as soon as you become aware of the situation or receive a letter.
- Let a professional tax company contact Florida Sales Tax before they start to take enforcement action and file warrants and or make this a criminal case.
- Utilize the settlement program to reduce your tax debt, if you qualify.
- Michael D. Sullivan, Former IRS Agent, we are the true professionals in your area.
We would welcome the opportunity as tax consultants to meet with you on a complimentary basis to discuss how we can help your business save money and increase profits. For a free consultation, please email us or call us today to schedule a meeting.