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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 […]

Can I Inherit Debt?

Published: February 15th, 2019

By: Dana M. Apfelbaum

When a loved one dies, there are two primary considerations: the transfer of the deceased’s property to the heirs; and the payment of the deceased’s debts. In fact, one of the most common questions from potential probate clients is, “Do I inherit debt?” The short answer is no, however, the assets of the deceased are […]

Key Legislative Issues on the Forefront in 2019 – Part II

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Published: February 4th, 2019

By: H. French Brown, IV Brittany O. Finkbeiner

Key Legislative Issues on the Forefront in 2019 – Part II Election Reform After Florida’s 2018 general election became the subject of national news, state leaders appear poised to address voting laws this session. Under Florida election law, if one candidate has a margin of victory of less than 0.5 percent over the second-place finisher, […]

IRS Issues Final Regulations on QBI Deduction Under Section 199A

Published: January 25th, 2019

By: Stephen R. Looney

On January 18, 2019, the IRS issued Final Regulations under new Section 199A (“Final Regulations”), which generally provides a deduction equal to 20% of an owner’s allocable share of the “qualified business income” (QBI) from a pass-through entity (S corporation, partnership, LLC taxed as a partnership or S corporation), or from a sole proprietorship. The […]

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 […]

Florida Financial Outlook – Currently Sunny with Slight Chance of Recession

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
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Published: January 10th, 2019

By: H. French Brown, IV Michael B. Dobson

Balancing Florida’s Budget Florida’s Constitution mandates the Legislature pass a single bill each year – a balanced state budget. The biggest constraint our legislators face when crafting a budget each spring is the amount of revenue forecasted to be available at the end of the current fiscal year and through the next fiscal year. In […]

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 […]