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Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2020

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: December 5th, 2019

By: Vicki L. Berman Mark E. Holcomb

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert:    Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2020 The Florida Legislature has, again, reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate for periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020.  Local option (county) surtax rates, however, remain unchanged.  While the reduced state tax rate applies to commercial rental consideration, […]

Jay Van Heyde in i4 Business on ESOPs

Published: December 3rd, 2019

By: Joseph “Jay” Van Heyde II

Jay Van Heyde is quoted in the article entitled, ESOPS Give Employees and Exiting Owners ‘Skin in the Game’, published in the November 2019 edition of i4 Business magazine.  The articles gives readers unique insight on how companies can benefit from an Employee Stock Ownership Program. “ESOPs work best for certain types of companies,” Van […]

Legal Aid Society Hosts Annual Breakfast of Champions

Published: November 22nd, 2019

By: Thomas P. Wert

The Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. held their 12th Annual “Breakfast of Champions” on November 21 at the Amway Center. Dean Mead was pleased to participate as a Table sponsor at the popular event where attendees learn more about the community services provided by the Legal Aid Society. Attorneys Tom […]

David Hathaway Inducted Into Litigation Counsel of America

Published: November 22nd, 2019

By: David P. Hathaway

David Hathaway, Chair of Dean Mead’s Litigation Department, was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America on October 24th during the 2019 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows. The conference was an opportunity for new and current fellows to network with one other and enhance their trial skills, as well as to address issues and […]

Pete Dunbar Featured at Book Signing in Tallahassee

Published: November 18th, 2019

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Pete Dunbar, Managing Shareholder of Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office, had a lot of fun with friends and colleagues at Hearth & Soul last week signing his new book titled, The Modern Republican Party in Florida. Dunbar co-authored the book with Mike Haridopolos, founder and owner of MJH Consulting, former president of the Florida Senate and […]

French Brown featured in Orlando Sentinel on Corporate Income Tax

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

By: H. French Brown, IV

H. French Brown IV, a SALT attorney in our Tallahassee office was featured in the article, In Florida, 99% of companies pay no corporate income tax — with lawmakers’ blessing | Special Report, published in the Orlando Sentinel on November 13, 2019. Business is booming in Florida, where a low-tax business climate is preserved by […]

Estate Planning Issues and Opportunities Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Vincent J. Comito
Published: November 12th, 2019

By: David J. Akins Vincent J. Comito

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect in 2018, significantly increased the gift/estate tax exemption and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax exemption amounts, which currently are $11,400,000 and are scheduled to increase to $11,580,000 in 2020 (this amount is $10,000,000 indexed for cost-of-living adjustments after 2010).  The temporary increase in exemption amounts is set […]

Dean German Presents Community Portrait to Bob Mead

Published: November 6th, 2019

By: Robert W. Mead, Jr.

We all enjoyed a special celebration with Dr. Deborah German, Dean of the UCF College of Medicine, who visited our Orlando office on Monday. She presented Bob Mead with a community portrait commemorating the firm’s commitment to education. Dean Mead established the first endowed scholarship at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine. The […]