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How Early Legal Advice Can Make a Difference in Florida Procurement

Published: April 22nd, 2021

By: William D. Hall, III

Companies rush to get legal advice if they believe their bids for Florida procurement contracts were not reviewed fairly, but the most timely legal advice they can secure is early on when they prepare bid proposals. Front-end review of bid documents by lawyers familiar with state requests for proposals and invitations to negotiate may eliminate […]

Florida Proposed Corporate Income Tax “Piggyback” Legislation Reflects Complexities of State Conformity

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: April 19th, 2021

By: H. French Brown, IV Mark E. Holcomb

In developing its annual corporate income tax “piggyback” bill, the Florida Legislature is considering the impact of conforming to 2020 federal tax changes adopted by Congress through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020[1] and Consolidated Appropriations Act.[2] Competing bills currently under consideration by the Senate (SB 7082, Amendment 763370) and […]

Florida Legislature Passes Significant Sales Tax Legislation

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: April 12th, 2021

By: H. French Brown, IV Mark E. Holcomb

The Florida Legislature passed the most significant Florida tax legislation in recent memory on April 8, 2021. The bill will substantially benefit Florida businesses and taxpayers. As we previously reported, Senate Bill 50 will modernize Florida’s sales and use tax system to impose tax collection obligations on remote sellers and marketplace providers. In addition, anticipated […]

Florida Legislature: Remote Sales and Marketplace Legislation

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Published: March 11th, 2021

By: H. French Brown, IV

On March 10th, the President of the Florida Senate and Speaker of the House outlined a plan to pass Senate Bill 50 and its companion, House Bill 15. Today, the Ways & Means Committee approved House Bill 15, including an amendment to eliminate a substantial reemployment tax increase that was set to go into place this year. […]

Proposed Legislation Would Require Remote Sellers and Marketplace Providers to Collect Florida Sales Tax: Third Time’s the Charm?

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: January 8th, 2021

By: H. French Brown, IV Mark E. Holcomb

Florida is one of only two states that have yet to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision authorizing states to require remote sellers to collect sales tax from in-state customers.[1]  The Florida Legislature considered (but failed to pass) such legislation during its 2019 and 2020 sessions.  These bills (Senate Bill 50 and House Bill […]

Florida Economists Add More Than $2 Billion in Estimated General Revenue Over Two Years

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Published: December 22nd, 2020

By: H. French Brown, IV

Yesterday, December 21, the Florida Revenue Estimating Conference finalized an updated General Revenue Forecast. This latest forecast added $1.4 billion in anticipated general revenue to the forecast for the current state fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) and another $626 million to the forecast for the next state fiscal year (July 1, […]

Florida Voters Approve Two Property Tax-Related Constitutional Amendments

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: November 4th, 2020

By: Mark E. Holcomb

Florida voters approved two amendments to the Florida Constitution that appeared on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot. These amendments expand existing homestead property tax relief for surviving spouses of veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities and for portability of the general homestead exemption benefit.  A third amendment, not directly tax-related but with implications for […]

Dean Mead Team Represents Department of Financial Services in Latest Victory

On September 24, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Department of Financial Services in a case involving questions of statutory interpretation and financial liability for the state in Barnett v. State of Florida, Department of Financial Services. Dean Mead attorneys Peter Dunbar, Marc Dunbar, Daniel Russell, and Will Hall represented the […]