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Tax Amnesty Update...from the Florida Department of Revenue

Don't Delay - save today! Florida's Tax Amnesty - July 1-September 30, 2010

For immediate release
September 15, 2010

For questions about the amnesty program:
Visit a local service center—
For information, go to
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/servicecenters.html
Or call: 1-800-352-3671

Florida Tax Amnesty Update for August 2010

TALLAHASSEE—Florida's 2010 tax amnesty program will end on September 30.

August Amnesty Update—For the period of August 1-31, nearly 27,000 contacts were made with the Department concerning the program, including phone calls and inquiries at the state's Service Centers. There were 34,961 “visits” to the amnesty web page. Collections of nearly $54 million have been received and more than 18,000 amnesty agreements signed. Updated information covering the period of September 1-30 will be available on October 8.

About Tax Amnesty—All taxes administered by the Department of Revenue with tax liabilities due before July 1, 2010 are covered during the amnesty period except unemployment taxes and the Miami-Dade County Lake Belt fees. An amnesty agreement form must be submitted to the department to participate.

Taxpayers who identify a tax liability unknown to Revenue are required to pay only half as much interest as they would if DOR found the unpaid tax later. If DOR already identified the tax liability in a bill, through a billing or assessment, or had already scheduled an audit, the taxpayer is eligible for a one-fourth reduction in interest charges. In addition, taxpayers will receive a complete waiver of penalty under tax amnesty. Installment agreements are available for those who cannot pay the full amount by September 30.

How does a business know if they are eligible?

A business is eligible if their liability for tax, penalty or interest was due on or before June 30, 2010, and:

  • They complete a Tax Amnesty Agreement (www.myflorida.com/dor/amnesty).
  • Their liability is not already covered by a settlement or payment agreement.
  • They are not under criminal investigation for violating a Florida revenue law.
  • They have not been convicted of violating any Florida revenue law.

With only a few weeks of tax amnesty remaining, taxpayers should act quickly to complete necessary documents. Information is available, including the Tax Information Publication and Tax Amnesty Agreement form, on Revenue's website at www.myflorida.com/dor/amnesty. Taxpayers can also find local service center locations/phone numbers by visiting the webpage at http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/servicecenters.html or call 800-352-3671 to get amnesty information.