New Florida Unemployment Tax Insanity

Filed in Accounting, Business, Florida by on August 29, 2012

I could not believe the newest Florida Unemployment tax insanity would happen once. However, new Florida Unemployment tax insanities keep happening. I probably previously wrote about different examples of Florida Unemployment tax insanity more than a dozen times. When I began, there were very few web pages that had the words Florida Unemployment tax insanity. Google now there has about 1.7 million.

I get frequent robo calls from the Florida Department of Revenue. They say a Florida unemployment tax return is late, but have no company name, account number or call back number. I am an officer for more than 100 client companies, but no one can say which company this involves. Clients now use a good automated e-filing e-pay payroll service ($12/month for most), so most robo calls are in error. They often relate to having a different e-filed tax return database and a paper filed return database.

I also got two recent shocks from Florida Department of Revenue agents. One involved someone with several balances. I had them pay the major appropriate amounts and asked the agent for an installment agreement on the rest. Weeks later, despite many calls, I cannot talk to anyone about this. I cannot reach the specific local agent, his office or anyone at the state Department of Revenue. The only way to get someone is to call the Governor’s office and ask them to switch me. That type of insanity demands the firing of Florida Department of Revenue managers.

I also had someone with many past due tax returns and returns with big balances. It shocked me that this company was still in business, as one or more Florida agents knew it was a successor to a prior company, with similar unfiled returns and unpaid balances. Despite this, I tried filing the missing returns quickly. However, a Florida tax insanity agent would not refused accept paper returns, contrary to legal requirements. She insisted we file on the state website. I tried to comply, despite the extra work, knowing of the separate disconnected paper and electronic unemployment databases. However, the website did not let us file returns as far back as needed. The agent also did not return many calls, so I called, via the Governor’s office, to find out that we obviously needed some paper returns (they also confirmed that we could have filed all returns on paper). I, of course, copied all returns to the local agent, saying that there had been no payment.

I expected an immediate call to negotiate an installment payment agreement, but never got one. I did not want any unexpected liens, so I called about this several times. After a month, I finally got through. The agent had never touched the case and said she would call me back. Based on the past non-performance of both agents, I am copying this to the person in charge of local Department of Revenue offices and posting it to my blog, since Florida tax insanity is still thriving.

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