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The Vermont Statutes Online

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Title 32 : Taxation and Finance

Chapter 151 : Income Taxes

Subchapter 004 : Withholding of Taxes at Source

(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 5843)
  • § 5843. Failure to account; maintenance of trust account

    If a person fails at any time to comply with the Commissioner’s requirement under subsection 5842(b) of this title to remit amounts deducted and withheld at such intervals and based upon such classifications as the Commissioner designates, the Commissioner may petition the Superior Court wherein the person has a place of business, and, upon the petition and hearing, a judge of that court shall issue a citation declaring any amounts thereafter deducted and withheld by the person under section 5841 of this title to be a trust for the State of Vermont. That order shall further require the person, (and, if the person is a corporation, any principal officer of the corporation), to remit those amounts as the Commissioner has required to, and to file a return with respect to each of those payments under the terms of this subchapter with, the court upon pain of contempt of court. The order of notice upon the petition shall be returnable not later than seven business days after the filing of the petition. The petition shall be heard and determined on the return day, or on such day as soon thereafter as the court considers practicable and shall fix, having regard to the circumstances of the case. The costs of the proceeding shall be payable as the court determines. The remittance of those amounts shall be made to the court or, if the court so directs, to the Commissioner, as the Commissioner has required for such period of time as the Commissioner determines with the approval of the court, whether or not all tax liabilities theretofore due have been satisfied, having regard to the maintenance of regular future payments by the person. All amounts and all returns received by the court under this section shall be remitted as soon as is practicable by the court to the Commissioner. (Added 1966, No. 61 (Sp. Sess.), § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1966; amended 1973, No. 193 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. April 9, 1974; 1985, No. 266 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. June 4, 1986; 1991, No. 186 (Adj. Sess.), § 14, eff. May 7, 1992; 1995, No. 29, § 10, eff. April 14, 1995; 2017, No. 11, § 61.)