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Florida Law Favors Electronic Filing and Payment

 Florida Rewards E-Filing and E-Payment

Effective July 1, for June 2012 sales tax returns, Florida law now requires dealers to:

  • File sales and use tax returns electronically;
  • Pay tax electronically; and
  • Electronically file and pay tax (“e-file and e-pay”) timely;

in order to deduct the collection allowance for early filing.

The bulletin (TIP #12A01-03) clarifies that “You will not be entitled to a collection allowance if you file a paper tax return or pay tax by cash, check, or money order.” In addition, if an electronic filer is late, they cannot deduct a collection allowance.

The State of Florida lists these benefits of filing returns and paying electronically:

  • Fewer mistakes.
  • Immediate confirmation.
  • File early, pay on the due date.
  • Due date reminders.
  • Security and privacy.

Filing and Paying On Time

In order to ensure a payment is received on time, Florida Department of Revenue reminds dealers that “Because standard banking regulations require one business day to complete an electronic payment, your tax return and payment must be initiated before 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), on the last banking day before the 20th of the month to be considered timely.”

Paper Filers

Dealers who choose to not switch to e-filing and e-paying will receive new coupon books in June, 2012. When making payments, “…make sure to use the DR-15 or DR-15EZ payment coupons included in your replacement coupon book.”

Filing Software

The state provides a list of certified sales tax software vendors for filing with the state of Florida.


TrustFile – TrustFile offers a simple and inexpensive solution that automates sales and use tax processes in the twelve states that mandate e–filing and e–payment.
TrustFile Forms – TrustFile Forms helps you streamline the paper returns preparation process with a catalog of more than 1,000 state-approved forms for US States, US Possessions and Canada.

Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”