02-1319

Sales Tax

Signed 11/27/02

 

BEFORE THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION

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PETITIONER, ) ORDER

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Petitioner, ) Appeal No. 02-1319

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v. ) Account No. #####

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TAXPAYER SERVICES DIVISION ) Tax Type: Sales Tax

OF THE UTAH STATE TAX )

COMMISSION, ) Tax Year: 2002

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Respondent. ) Judge: Davis

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Presiding:

G. Blaine Davis, Administrative Law Judge

Appearances:

For Petitioner: PETITIONER REP

For Respondent: Ms. Vickie Hymas, from the Taxpayer Services Division

 

 

STATEMENT OF THE CASE

This matter came before the Utah State Tax Commission for an Initial Hearing pursuant to the provisions of Utah Code Ann. '59-1-502.5, on October 24, 2002.

The February 2002 sales tax return of Petitioner was not filed until April 3, 2002, three days late.

Petitioner represented the return was late because they were transferring their computer system from a two data base system to a single data base system which was a planned conversion. Petitioner represented it just took longer to get the information out of the system than they anticipated.

Respondent represented that during the past three years, the sales tax return of Petitioner has been delinquent five separate times. The penalties on three of those previous delinquencies have been waived.

APPLICABLE LAW

The Tax Commission is granted the authority to waive, reduce, or compromise penalties and interest upon a showing of reasonable cause. Utah Code Ann. 59-1-401(10).

DECISION AND ORDER

Based upon the foregoing, the Commission finds that sufficient cause has been shown to justify a waiver of the penalty associated with the February 2002 sales tax return. It is so ordered.

This decision does not limit a party's right to a Formal Hearing. However, this Decision and Order will become the Final Decision and Order of the Commission unless any party to this case files a written request within thirty (30) days of the date of this decision to proceed to a Formal Hearing. Such a request shall be mailed to the address listed below and must include the Petitioner's name, address, and appeal number:

Utah State Tax Commission

Appeals Division

210 North 1950 West

Salt Lake City, Utah 84134


Failure to request a Formal Hearing will preclude any further appeal rights in this matter.

DATED this 27th day of November , 2002.

 

 

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G. Blaine Davis

Administrative Law Judge

 

 

BY ORDER OF THE UTAH STATE TAX COMMISSION.

The Commission has reviewed this case and the undersigned concur in this decision.

DATED this 27th day of November , 2002.

 

 

 

 

Pam Hendrickson R. Bruce Johnson

Commission Chair Commissioner

 

 

 

 

Palmer DePaulis Marc B. Johnson

Commissioner Commissioner