Florida forgave $110.5 million in taxes and fines

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Tallahassee, FL (AP) -- For the second year in a row Florida is giving up on collecting more than $100 million in taxes, fees and fines owed the state.

Last year Florida wrote off more than $109 million as uncollectable. New data shows that this year the state forgave $110.5 million.

A large portion written off by state officials was unpaid taxes,
including sales taxes, corporate income taxes and unemployment
taxes.

But this year the state also closed the books on $27.5 million owed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. A DJJ spokesman said the money was owed by parents who had children in state supervision.

This year's total also includes nearly $190,000 in fines owed to the Florida Commission on Ethics by public officials and others who failed to file financial disclosure forms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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