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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 valorem 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 […]

I Disagree with my Property Tax Assessment – Should I Petition the Value Adjustment Board?

Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Published: August 29th, 2018

By: Robert S. Goldman

In August each year, the elected local property appraisers of Florida issue assessment notices captioned “Notice of Proposed Property Taxes” to the owners of property in their counties. For historical reasons, these are generally referred to as “TRIM” notices. In addition to other information, the TRIM notices show the assessed value of the property, and […]

Charles Egerton and Edward Waters on the Tax Consequences of a Mitigation Bank in the Journal of Passthrough Entities

Published: June 1st, 2018

By: Edward A. Waters Charles H. Egerton

Charles H. Egerton and Edward A. Waters, attorneys in Dean Mead’s Tax Department co-authored the article, “Update of the Tax Consequences of the Formation and Operation of a Mitigation Bank”, published in the Tax Tip column of the Journal of Passthrough Entities, Volume 21, Issue 3, May-June 2018, a publication of CCH.

IN THE ZONE – The Opportunity Zone

Published: May 31st, 2018

By: Brian M. Stephens

Tax Reform Opens New Possibilities for Florida’s Real Estate Investors Ask a 6th grade student about the secret to successful real estate investments. The parroted answer might be – “location, location, location”. Ask a seasoned real estate developer the same question. The answer may be similar but with a slight refinement – like “find the […]

Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Seven Dean Mead Attorneys for Legal Excellence

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb

Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead has been ranked among the top Florida law firms in Chambers USA 2018 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual publication by Chambers and Partners. The rankings include seven of the firm’s attorneys in the categories of Tax and State and Local Taxation. The attorneys receiving the prestigious recognition include: […]

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

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
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 […]

The Florida Commercial Rent Tax: Four Traps for the Unwary

Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Published: March 28th, 2017

By: Robert S. Goldman

As the only American state with a sales tax on commercial rentals, Florida has a history of presenting businesses with unwelcome surprises in the form of audit assessments. What follows below is a summary of the top four misunderstandings that create taxpayer exposure. Tax base is broader than just “rent.” The measure of tax is […]

Tax Court Holds that Sale of Real Property Resulted in Ordinary Income Rather than Capital Gain

Published: August 26th, 2015

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Fargo,[1] the Tax Court held that a couple had ordinary income from a property sale by a partnership in which they were partners because the property was sold in the ordinary course of business.  The taxpayer, husband and wife, were partners in Girard Development, L.P. (GDLP), an entity subject to the partnership procedures under […]