Dean Mead Offers Our Support and Gratitude This Holiday Season

Dean Mead 2018 Holiday Support Rebuild 850 and Volunteer Florida

It’s through the spirit of community we find resilience to overcome life’s greatest challenges. We all have been deeply moved by the images of Hurricane Michael – the strongest storm to ever hit Florida’s Panhandle. Thousands of people were devastated by the storm’s fury and entire towns are banding together to recover from this catastrophic…

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Dean Mead Participates in 2018 Florida Opportunity Zones Conference


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…

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Challenging Property Tax Assessments in Court

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In prior posts, we have described the Value Adjustment Board (“VAB”) process and identified factors for taxpayers to consider in evaluating that administrative remedy. We have touched upon, but not explored in depth, another remedy that is provided for property taxpayers in Florida, namely, the judicial remedy. Unlike the situation in many other states, a…

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Dean Mead Joins Community Vision to Celebrate with a Holiday Classic

Community Vision celebrated the holidays with their supporters during a showing of Miracle on 34th Street at Osceola Arts on November 29. Along with the presentation of the must-see holiday classic, there was a festive reception and a silent auction to support the organization and its mission. The celebration was a great way to get…

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

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…

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Florida Supreme Court Limits Exclusion of Expert Witnesses

A recent Florida Supreme Court decision regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony is expected to benefit plaintiffs and put more disputed science in front of juries. Florida’s high court has rebuked the Legislature’s attempt to level the playing field by subjecting expert witnesses to additional scrutiny before their testimony can be presented to juries….

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How Amendment 6 Will Impact Florida Tax Law

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The End of Agency Deference: How Amendment 6 Will Impact Florida Tax Law Florida voters approved Amendment 6 to the Florida Constitution in the November 2018 midterm election. Amendment 6 requires state court judges and administrative law judges to interpret state statutes and regulations de novo, or anew, without deferring to an administrative agency’s interpretation…

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