The Florida sales tax auditor has been in my office for 2 days and shows no sign of leaving. Most of the audit is as expected and I ceased long ago getting ticked off about it; but the new focus on use tax - ie, not just did you collect and pay sales tax on your retail sales but did you pay proper sales tax on every purchase, is really annoying. We are going to have to be pulling invoices and xeroxing for weeks. Somehow, if as a retailer I don't collect enough sales taxes, I am liable for the shortage. But if someone else sells me something and there is not enough sales tax collected, I am again apparently liable for the difference. The latter makes no sense to me. Apparently I owe taxes in this non-symmetric way based on the deep philosophic principle that he is sitting in my office, not theirs.
Update: Now he suddenly thinks that I am getting over because there is no sales tax shown on my liability insurance premiums. AAArrrrggghhh. Two entire days lost.