Florida’s Voluntary Disclosure Program for Back Taxes
- Jul 23, 2015 | Gail Cole
They can happen to anyone. Any time. Back taxes.
Recognizing this, the Florida Department of Revenue has created a Voluntary Disclosure Program, which is designed to encourage Florida taxpayers with outstanding taxes to step forward and, as the name suggests, voluntarily disclose to the department what they owe. In return for their honesty, participants will not be penalized.
All taxes administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible for the program, including but not limited to sales and use tax and discretionary sales surtax (county tax).
Who it’s for
The program is open to Florida taxpayers with a tax liability for a tax administered by the department, provided the department has not already contacted the taxpayer regarding the liability. If the department has reached out to a taxpayer regarding back taxes, disclosure is not necessary.
What’s in it for me?
All penalties will be waived once the taxpayer pays the outstanding taxes and interest. However, the department will impose a five percent penalty if tax has been collected but not remitted. This penalty may be waived if a reasonable cause can be shown.
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