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Florida DOR Publishes Report on Impacts to Florida Taxpayers due to TCJA

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Published: February 15th, 2019

By: H. French Brown, IV

As previously discussed in multiple Dean Mead articles, the 2018 Florida Legislature did not have the time available to fully understand and estimate the impact from the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Therefore, the Legislature directed the Florida Department of Revenue to conduct an analysis of the impacts on Florida taxpayers. You can find […]

New Homeowner? Time to Get Your Homestead

Published: February 15th, 2019

By: Brad Gould

Florida provides a generous property tax benefit to its residents – the homestead tax exemption. There are two significant benefits provided by this exemption: an annual reduction in ad valorum property taxes assessed on the homestead residence; and a cap on the value of the homestead residence. The latter is known as the Save Our […]

Five Tips for Buying Commercial Property for Your Business

Published: February 14th, 2019

By: W. Lee Dobbins

Are you considering buying commercial property, so you can build a building for your business? Before you take that step and become a land developer, you need to do your due diligence. Here are five items that should be at, or close to, the top of your list of priorities: Zoning Do you know what […]

Florida Supreme Court: Upholding Substance Over Form in Email Service Requirements

Published: January 23rd, 2019

By: Michael J. Furbush

The Florida Supreme Court recently clarified the lingering confusion surrounding the proper method for service of proposals for settlement. The court finally put to rest the argument that the Rules of Judicial Administration require proposals for settlement to be served by email in accordance with rule 2.516. The court also did lawyers in the state […]

Tax Exemptions for Solar Farms Explained by French Brown in i4 Business Article

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Published: January 17th, 2019

By: H. French Brown, IV

Dean Mead SALT attorney French Brown recently authored the i4 Business article “Florida Tax Exemptions Are Available for Solar Farms.” The article highlights cost-saving opportunities for solar energy projects, which are available for developers across the state. Currently, Florida law provides significant state and local tax exemptions to solar farmers. In his article, Brown explains […]

Dean Mead Welcomes Prominent Utilities Attorney Martin Friedman

Dean Mead Attorney Martin S. Friedman
Published: January 4th, 2019

By: Martin S. Friedman

Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead recently announced that Martin S. Friedman has joined the firm’s Orlando office. Friedman represents a broad range of Florida utilities as lead counsel. Throughout his 38-year career, he has handled 130 utility acquisitions totaling more than $3 billion. Friedman is widely recognized as a seasoned litigator and transactional attorney representing […]

Dean Mead Participates in 2018 Florida Opportunity Zones Conference

Published: December 18th, 2018

By: Michael D. Minton Stephen R. Looney

The firm is pleased to provide support to the first Florida Opportunity Zones Conference. Steve Looney, Dean Mead tax attorney and chair of the firm’s Tax and Corporate Department, is also presenting at an event seminar, “Understanding Rules & Regulations for Opportunity Funds.” He recently wrote about the topic in the informative article “Qualified Opportunity Zones […]

Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2019

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: December 5th, 2018

By: Mark E. Holcomb Vicki L. Berman

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2019 The Florida Legislature has, again, reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate for rental periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Local option (county) surtax rates, however, are not affected. While the reduced state tax rate applies to commercial rental […]