2010 Georgia Code
§ 34-8-275 - Amnesty granted to employers meeting requirements; exceptions

O.C.G.A. 34-8-275 (2010)
34-8-275. Amnesty granted to employers meeting requirements; exceptions

(a) Amnesty shall be granted for any employer who meets the requirements of Code Section 34-8-274 in accordance with the following:

(1) For unemployment taxes which are owed as a result of the nonreporting or underreporting of unemployment tax liabilities or the nonpayment of any accounts receivable owed by an eligible employer, the state shall waive criminal prosecution and all civil penalties which may be assessed under any provision of this chapter for the taxable years or periods for which unemployment tax amnesty is requested; and

(2) With the exception of instances in which the employer and Commissioner enter into an installment payment agreement authorized under subsection (c) of Code Section 34-8-274, the failure to pay all unemployment taxes and interest as shown on the employer's amnesty unemployment tax return shall invalidate any amnesty granted pursuant to this article.

(b) This article shall not apply to any employer who is on notice, written or otherwise, of a criminal investigation being conducted by an agency of the state or any political subdivision thereof or the United States, nor shall this article apply to any employer who is the subject of any criminal litigation which is pending on the date of the employer's application in any court of this state or the United States for nonpayment, delinquency, evasion, or fraud in relation to any federal taxes or to any of the unemployment taxes to which this amnesty program is applicable.

(c) No refund or credit shall be granted for any interest or penalty paid prior to the time the employer requests amnesty pursuant to Code Section 34-8-274.

(d) Unless the Commissioner in his or her own discretion redetermines the amount of unemployment taxes and interest due, no refund or credit shall be granted for any unemployment taxes or interest paid under the amnesty program.

(e) Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, the Commissioner shall have the right to waive any portion of the interest due on an account receivable when it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that any deficiency of the employer was not due to negligence, intentional disregard of administrative rules and regulations, or fraud and the collection of the interest by the Commissioner would be contrary to equity and good conscience.

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