CDTFA Revises Policy Regarding 40 Percent Unremitted Tax Penalty

Pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 6597, any person who knowingly collects sales tax reimbursement and who fails to remit the sales tax reimbursement to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) can be held liable for a penalty of 40% of the unreported tax amount, if the tax amount exceeds $1,000 per month and is in excess of 5% of the total tax due for any reporting period.

Historically, CDTFA has been hesitant to apply the penalty in most circumstances even when the numerical thresholds are met unless CDTFA has been able to establish that the failure […]