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The New SECURE Act Dramatically Impacts Planning for Most Clients’ Retirement Benefits

     On December 20, 2019, the President signed into law the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act” (the “Act”), which radically changed the estate planning landscape for retirement benefits.[1]  This alert will provide a brief overview of the Act provisions affecting estate planning, address how these changes impact the owners and beneficiaries […]

Dean Mead Attorneys Assist Jewett Orthopedic in Significant Transaction with Orlando Health

Congratulations to our client, Jewett Orthopedic, and to Orlando Health for achieving one of the most significant transactions in the history of Orlando’s healthcare community. Orlando Health acquires Jewett, to open $250 million orthopedic hospital made front-page headlines in the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday.  Steve Looney, Chair of Dean Mead’s Corporate and Tax department, led […]

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

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, […]

French Brown featured in Orlando Sentinel on Corporate Income Tax

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 […]

Dean Mead Attorneys Co-Author Chapter in Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure

Published: November 5th, 2019

By: Bradley R. Gould Dana M. Apfelbaum

Brad Gould and Dana Apfelbaum, attorneys who practice in Dean Mead’s Treasure Coast offices, co-authored a chapter entitled, Tax Considerations in Eminent Domain Proceedings. Their chapter is published in the 11th Edition of Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, by The Florida Bar and distributed by LexisNexis. It discusses procedural and factual requirements for qualifying […]

A Refresher On Current Solar Tax Incentives: It’s Important To Act Fast

Published: October 15th, 2019

By: Michael D. Minton Dana M. Apfelbaum

In an article published by Solar Industry Magazine on October 10, Michael Minton and Dana Apfelbaum discuss solar tax incentives and how to take advantage of these opportunities. Code § 48(a) provides for an energy credit, commonly known as the investment tax credit (ITC), equal to 30% of the cost basis of qualifying energy property […]

Lauren Detzel Interview Featured in the “Hall of Champions” Podcast Series

Published: October 9th, 2019

        Lauren Detzel has been blazing the trail for women in the legal industry for 42 years. She began her practice in Florida during a time when female lawyers, let alone female tax lawyers, were rare.  When she first started practicing law in 1977, there may have only been 10 women lawyers […]

Florida Corporate Income Taxpayers Must Separately Report Key TCJA Impacts

Published: September 10th, 2019

By: Mark E. Holcomb Robert S. Goldman H. French Brown, IV

The Florida Legislature continues to grapple with the effects of the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Florida corporate income taxpayers.  Over the past two years, the Legislature decoupled Florida’s tax code from two significant TCJA provisions (bonus depreciation and global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI)),[1] but largely left the effects of other domestic […]

Pre-filed Legislation Would Impose Florida Sales Tax Collection Responsibilities on Remote Sellers and Marketplace Providers

Published: August 21st, 2019

By: Mark E. Holcomb Robert S. Goldman H. French Brown, IV

Florida is one of only two sales tax-imposing states that have not implemented the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal 2018 decision[1] authorizing states to impose sales tax collection responsibilities on remote sellers lacking a physical presence in the state.  That dubious distinction would end under recently filed proposed legislation.  Senate Bill 126 by Sen. Joe Gruters […]

Florida Wayfair Article in Law360

Published: July 16th, 2019

By: Robert S. Goldman H. French Brown, IV

Florida Tax Views: State Should Act On Wayfair In the interest of protecting in-state retailers and providing guidance to remote businesses, Florida legislation needs to address South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.  SALT attorneys French Brown and Robert Goldman explain why in their contributed article to Expert Analysis in Law360 Tax Authority. As states around the […]

Mark Holcomb and French Brown Speak at COST Seminar

Published: June 28th, 2019

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

Dean Mead SALT attorneys, Mark Holcomb and French Brown, were among the featured speakers at the COST Southeast State Tax Seminar at Pfizer, Inc. in Memphis on June 27th.  Seminar topics highlighted an update on significant state tax issues for the Southeast States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Please see […]

19 Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Published: June 19th, 2019

Orlando, Fla. – Florida Super Lawyers recently announced that 19 Dean Mead attorneys have been named to the publication’s annual list of top-ranked lawyers including three attorneys who are selected as rising stars in Florida for 2019.  The honorees are among a diverse list of the top attorneys, nominated by their own peers. No more […]

Tax Refunds And Rate Reductions Ahead For Florida Companies

Published: May 29th, 2019

By: H. French Brown, IV

Dean Mead SALT attorney, French Brown, authored a guest column that was published in Law360 Tax Authority on May 15, 2019. The passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act caught Florida flat-footed. The 2018 regular legislative session started just two weeks after the TCJA’s passage and concluded 62 days later. During that time, […]

Wayfair: Formulating A Florida Response

Published: April 23rd, 2019

By: Robert S. Goldman H. French Brown, IV

Dean Mead state and local tax attorney, Robert S. Goldman, recently served as lead researcher and author of a comprehensive Florida TaxWatch report on a significant issue facing Florida’s legislature in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 21, 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. , 138 S. Ct. 2080 (2018). Read […]