Tax Collector Files Petition To Collect Unpaid Business Taxes
West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Constitutional Tax Collector filed a petition in the Palm Beach County Circuit Court on May 25, 2017 seeking permission to begin collecting unpaid local business tax receipts for tax year 2016.
Pursuant to Florida Statute §205.053, §162, and Palm Beach County Municipal Code, Chapter 17, the lawsuit seeks to authorize the Tax Collector to issue warrants, levy upon, seize, and sell tangible personal property to satisfy the delinquent taxes. Over 10,000 businesses were identified as 150 days delinquent and received two reminder notices. 6,400 businesses did not comply and remain delinquent.
In addition to late fees and penalties, a fine of $250 is assessed to each delinquent account. As of June 1, $115,381 in delinquent tax receipts and $468,106 in fines have been collected.
“In fairness to our business owners who pay their business tax receipts on time, we are enforcing penalties on delinquent establishments,” said Anne M. Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector serving Palm Beach County.
Any business selling merchandise or services in Palm Beach County is required to have a local business tax receipt. This requirement also applies to one-person and home-based businesses. Unpaid local business tax receipts are delinquent October 1.
Legal action is permitted by both Florida Statute §205.053, §162, and Palm Beach County Municipal Code, Chapter 17 to take delinquent business owners to court for collection. In addition, an injunction can be filed to stop operation of a business that fails to meet the legal requirement of maintaining a current local business tax receipt.
Two court hearing dates are scheduled in this matter. The first hearing on June 28, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. seeks court approval to Limit Service of Pleadings. The final hearing on the Petition for Validation of the Business Tax Receipts (BTR) Tax Warrants is being held to ratify the BTR warrants and is scheduled for August 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 N. Dixie Highway, Courtroom 11B in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Business owners will be dropped from this action without additional penalties, attorney fees and costs and without any court appearance if payment is made to the Palm Beach County Tax Collector prior to August 11, 2017. Payments may be made online at www.pbctax.com, at any office of the Tax Collector, or by mailing the payment to: ANNE M. GANNON, TAX COLLECTOR, P.O. BOX 3715, WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 33402-3715.
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|Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector|