Cheat on your Sales Tax? Look out…..Here comes the State
The simple fact is the State needs the money. The Florida Department of Revenue knows this and has launched a crackdown on businessmen who may have underreported their sales tax. If you collected sales tax and under reported it on your monthly sales tax report, even if you had a good reason, you can be arrested and prosecuted for grand theft.
The State takes the position that the money is theirs at the point you collect it, and not remit it, you have stolen the money.
Many times, particularly in hard times at the end of the month you simply may not have the money to send in. It is easy to become careless and not remit it. It is worse to file a false sales tax return and not report what you collected. The State has ways of determining your true sales. The State has ways of determining your true sales. They look at your purchases. They look at what others in the industry are reporting. Peter Aiken is a former criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service and former Federal Prosecutor and thirty year veteran criminal defense tax lawyer and understands how to poke loopholes in their estimates and projections. We work closely with local accountants and CPAs. Our number one goal as a criminal Defense firm, and my number one goal as a criminal lawyer is to keep your sales tax investigation from becoming criminal. I have offices in Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Punta Gorda and can meet with you on short notice. Do not think you can talk your way out of a problem. You can get more money in life, but you cannot get more time. If you go to jail for evasion of sales tax or grand theft you will wish you had hired a good tax crime lawyer. The State is taking a close look at used car dealers, liquor stores and restaurants and head shops in their latest crackdown. If you get a letter telling you that you are going to be audited for sales tax, or worse yet, you are under investigation, call Sean C O’Halloran today for a free consultation. 239-334-8890