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State Tax Amnesty Programs

Posted by taxguru on August 28, 2003

The Federation of Tax Administrators has a handy summary of the currently open state tax amnesty programs, as well as all such programs that have been used since 1982.

The amnesty programs currently in progress are:

Florida: July 1 – Oct. 31, 2003

Missouri: Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2003

Arizona: Sept. 1 – Oct. 31, 2003

Maine: Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, 2003

Virginia: Sept. 2 – Nov. 3, 2003

Kansas: Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, 2003

New York City: Oct. 20, 2003- Jan. 23, 2004

There are pros and cons to participating in these programs; so examine all of the consequences before jumping in. The biggest con is the fact that the information provided to the State tax agencies will be shared with IRS, which has no amnesty program. You really shouldn’t consider even taking part in any State amnesty program unless you are ready to come clean on delinquent Federal taxes as well.

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