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Verizon Disputes $3 Million Florida Sales Tax Assessment


Verizon is challenging a $3 million Florida sales and use tax assessment on the grounds that the date falls outside the Florida statute of limitations. 

On February 8, 2011, the Florida Department of Revenue "issued a notice of Proposed Assessment [to Verizon] . . . for sales and use taxes and interest totaling $3,169,168.74." Verizon contests the Florida assessment on the following grounds:

  1. The Florida statute of limitations states that the Department of Revenue must "assess" a taxpayer "within 3 years after the date the tax is due, or such return is filed, whichever occurs later." According to Verizon, the Department mailed a proposed assessment--which takes 60 days to become "a final assessment"--to the company with less than sixty days "...left in the statutes of limitations Window."
  2. Verizon argues that a proposed assessment does not constitute an "assessment" as outlined in the statute of limitations.

According to James Sutton Jr., an attorney with Moffa, Gainor, & Sutton, PA, this is the first suit of its kind in Florida. Yet Verizon is not the only large company to receive a such a "sales tax bill."  Arizona gave Amazon a $53 million bill, and Texas told amazon they owed the state $269 million.

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Will Frei
Avalara Author Will Frei
Will Frei covers sales tax news including best practices, legislation and sales tax technology. He is the Social Media Manager at Avalara.