When Past-Due Bills Seem Unfair

A Texas software vendor we have purchased from for years got audited by the California State Board of Equalization because they never billed for use tax. After the audit, they sent us a past-due use-tax bill, which we paid right away. Now, months later, they send us an invoice for interest due on past-due use tax. I would like to assert that their failure to stay in compliance is their responsibility, including the outstanding past-due interest assessed by the California BOE. Do I have a leg to stand on with this position? —D.C., Chatsworth, Calif.

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