FAILURE TO PAY TAXES IN FLORIDA

Failure to pay taxes in Florida can result in criminal charges.  The applicable statute is Fla. Stat. 212.15 and can be read in full here.

The penalties for violating this law can vary, depending on the total amount of stolen revenue.  Here is the portion of the statute which discusses penalties:

(2) Any person who, with intent to unlawfully deprive or defraud the state of its moneys or the use or benefit thereof, fails to remit taxes collected under this chapter is guilty of theft of state funds, punishable as follows:

(a) If the total amount of stolen revenue is less than $300, the offense is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Upon a second conviction, the offender is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s.775.083. Upon a third or subsequent conviction, the offender is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(b) If the total amount of stolen revenue is $300 or more, but less than $20,000, the offense is a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(c) If the total amount of stolen revenue is $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, the offense is a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(d) If the total amount of stolen revenue is $100,000 or more, the offense is a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

The statute of limitations also vary depending on whether the charge is classified as a misdemeanor or felony.

(3)  Prosecution of a misdemeanor under this section shall commence no later than 2 years from the date of the offense. Prosecution of a felony under this section shall commence no later than 5 years from the date of the offense.

If you have been charged with failing to pay taxes in Florida, please consult a qualified attorney.  (Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.)

 

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