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Grand jury: Crack down on tax cheats to lower Florida's budget deficit

A Miami Dade grand jury released its report today blasting the state's sales tax collection system and concluded: "We discovered that a number of merchants all over the state are pocketing tax money they have collected from their customers."

It concluded the Department of Revenue's reliance on the honor system "is not working" and urged the Legislature to give them more auditors and enforcement officials. The focus should crack down on certified public accounts, do more verification through third party sources and increase the number of taxpayer audits. Read the report here: Download Miami Dade grand jury