Mesa’s business community has until Monday, July 31 to participate in the Tax Amnesty Program. Business owners will be allowed to submit unfiled Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax, Transient Lodging Tax and Use Tax returns for periods through December 2016 without penalty and with a 50 percent reduction in interest due on delinquent balances. Businesses that currently have an unpaid tax balance with the city of Mesa are also invited to participate in this program.
On June 1, Mesa became the first Valley city to offer the tax amnesty program, which is designed to generate tax revenue, clean up aging tax accounts receivable balances and clear delinquent tax returns. While the amnesty program will not result in the collection of all amounts due, a compliance rate of 60 percent would amount to more than $581,000 in collections.
Taxpayers who have already paid penalties and interest during the liability period are ineligible for a credit or refund for those payments. Receivables created as the result of an audit will not be eligible for the program due to state of Arizona Audit Administration.