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Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Complying with Florida’s New Rent Tax Rate

Published: December 21st, 2017

By: Mark E. Holcomb Vicki L. Berman

The Florida Legislature reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate from 6% to 5.8% for rental periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018. This article guides commercial landlords and property managers in complying with that rate change.  While the reduced tax rate applies to commercial rental consideration, it does not apply to other charges […]

Donor Advised Funds Update (December 2017) – New Rules

Published: December 21st, 2017

By: Jane Dunlap Callahan

The IRS has provided important guidance for donor advised funds (“DAFs”) in Notice 2017-73. In the Notice, the IRS stated that it will allow a DAF to make a distribution to a charity that fulfills the donor’s pledge. Previously, the rules were unclear regarding whether such a distribution would be treated as providing more than an […]

Michael Minton in Citrus Industry Magazine on Solar Energy Farms

Published: December 12th, 2017

By: Michael D. Minton

Michael D. Minton, Chair of Dean Mead’s Agribusiness Industry Team and Solar Energy Team, was quoted in the article titled, Solar Energy from Abandoned Groves, published in the Citrus Industry Magazine. Minton hints on some of the highlights from his team’s presentation at the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference, held in November. “Some growers have […]

Details Matter: Probate Litigation Edition

Published: November 30th, 2017

By: Brad Gould

Last year, we posted an article concerning United Bank v. Estate of Frazee, a Fourth District Court of Appeals probate case where an attorney for a creditor failed to comply with Florida’s e-filing rules.  The failure to comply with procedural rules in probate cases has once again arisen in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, […]

Michael Minton and Stephen Looney in Orlando Sentinel on Impact of GOP Tax Plan on Florida Businesses

Published: November 29th, 2017

By: Michael D. Minton Stephen R. Looney

Dean Mead attorneys, Michael Minton and Stephen Looney, were quoted in the article titled, Bill Nelson: GOP tax plan would burden Florida small biz published in the Orlando Sentinel November 21, 2017. The article highlighted Sen. Bill Nelson’s roundtable discussion with Orlando business owners on the impact of proposed tax packages in Florida.  Read the […]

USAmeriBank Features Interview with Melanie Griffin

Published: November 29th, 2017

By: Melanie S. Griffin

Melanie Griffin, managing shareholder of Dean Mead’s Tampa office, was interviewed by USAmeriBank’s Women Entrepreneurs (WE). Read the article here: Women in Leadership: 5 Questions with Melanie S. Griffin. In addition, Griffin was featured in The Small Magic podcast. The podcast was uploaded to the Library Guide for the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism at the […]

Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts Moves Forward in House and Senate

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Published: November 20th, 2017

By: Kyle C. Griffin Matthew J. Ahearn

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representative passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on a party-line vote (227-205), with several GOP representatives from California, New Jersey, and New York voting against the bill in part because it would reduce the deduction for state and local taxes. Later that same day, the Senate Finance Committee […]

Solar Tax Incentives Article Featured in Tax Section Bulletin

Published: November 15th, 2017

By: Mark E. Holcomb Michael D. Minton Dana M. Apfelbaum

Michael Minton, Mark Holcomb, and Dana Apfelbaum co-authored an article published in the Fall 2017 edition of the Tax Section Bulletin, a publication of The Florida Bar. “Florida’s Current Climate is Ripe for Solar Tax Incentives” discusses certain Federal, state and local tax incentives that benefit Florida’s business owners and residents who choose to implement […]