Sales Tax Fraud
Sales tax fraud involves the practice of failing to or misstating the amount of sales tax funds owed to the State or Federal government based upon sales tax rates. An example of sales tax fraud includes the failure to charge sales tax on cigarettes, which have a federally imposed sales tax. Both federal and Florida law include heavy fines and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum sentences of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE. Mr. Petruzzi has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation for, sales tax fraud offenses by both federal and state authorities. His experience and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset to his clients.
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Federal sales tax fraud offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Justice. Some common federal statutes criminalizing sales tax fraud include:
26 USC Sec. 7201 –
Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.
Florida sales tax fraud offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various state and local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida statutes criminalizing sales tax fraud include:
212.15 Taxes declared state funds; penalties for failure to remit taxes; due and delinquent dates; judicial review.—
(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.