(a) Any person or employer who fails to comply with subdivision (b) of Section 19009 shall, in addition to any other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined no more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.
(b) This section shall not apply:
(1) To any person or employer, if that person or employer shows that there was reasonable doubt as to (A) whether the law required collection of the tax, or (B) who was required by law to collect the tax.
(2) To any person or employer, if that person or employer shows that the failure to comply with the provisions of subdivision (b) of Section 19009 was due to circumstances beyond his or her control.
(c) For purposes of paragraph (2), a lack of funds existing immediately after the payment of wages (whether or not created by the payment of the wages) shall not be considered to be circumstances beyond the control of a person or employer.
(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 31, Sec. 26. Effective June 16, 1993. Operative January 1, 1994, by Sec. 83 of Ch. 31.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018