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Another Pasco business found overcharging sales tax

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 12:20:38-04

PASCO COUNTY — If you live in Pasco County, double check your receipts. Another business was found to be charging too much in sales tax.

 Pasco County tax collector Mike Fasano can’t understand why there’s so much confusion.

“It’s the store's fault. It’s no one else's fault,” he said.
 
Stores in parts of Pasco County were found charging 8.5% sales tax instead of 7. 
 
They are in areas that share a zip code with Hillsborough County but should not be charging Hillsborough’s higher rate.
 
“They are miles outside of Hillsborough County," said Fasano.
 
A state review found 33 Pasco County businesses in Lutz and Odessa near the county line were assigned the wrong locations. 
 
So their higher sales taxes were going to Hillsborough County.
 
The problem was fixed and the state is sending more than $620,000 back to Pasco. But this week there are more issues. 
 
Fasano got complaints that the new Five Below store in Wesley Chapel was charging the Hillsborough rate.
 
“This is what happens when you have corporations that don’t even know the county they are building in,” he said.
 
We also heard from a man leasing a new car. He moved from Hillsborough to Pasco County but says he is still being charged Hillsborough’s tax rate.
 
“They start charging you 8.5%. You say 'time out. I’m a Pasco resident,'" said Fasano.
 
Fasano reached out to Five Below, and when we stopped by Friday afternoon, the sale tax was 7% like it’s supposed to be.
 
But the man leasing the car still hasn’t been able to get the leasing company to set things right for him.
 
Voters in Hillsborough County approved two sales tax increases for transportation and schools. They went into effect on January 1.

If you overpaid sales tax at Five Below, Fasano says to go back to the store with your receipt to get your money back.