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College Football is a Touchdown for Florida’s Local and State Economies

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

It is Hurricane season in Florida. And Seminole season. And it’s also the season for the Gators and Rattlers and Bulls and many others. After a long hot summer, Floridians are eagerly awaiting the return of college football.

Not only is college football great for the fans, it is also a boon for communities and the state’s economy.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2546)/Comments (0)/
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Remember to Thank Principals Too During the First Week Back to School

Principals are an often overlooked group in the success of teachers and students.

For millions of parents and students this month around the Sunshine State, one of the most exciting parts of returning to school is meeting the teachers. And for good reason; teachers will spend 180 days helping students learn and grow as one of the primary influences, besides parents and family, in each child’s life.

But as you settle into the new school year routine, we hope you will take some time to share your appreciation and support for each school’s principal. More than you may realize, effective principals have a crucial role in each student’s progress and success.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (5870)/Comments (0)/
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“Tampon Tax” Highlights Need to Review All Tax Exemptions

By Robert Weissert, Esq., Florida TaxWatch Executive Vice President and Counsel to the President and CEO

The debate over the “tampon tax” has sparked a healthy discussion about our state’s tax system. We hope lawmakers take advantage of the public attention on this issue to review all of the quirks and loopholes in taxation.

Thursday, August 04, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2471)/Comments (0)/
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Sales Tax Holidays Have Become Florida Tradition and Boon To Taxpayers, Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Few legislative decisions have been as wildly popular as Florida’s “sales tax holidays.” They have become more than just a tax break. They are a traditional back-to-school event that families plan for, neighbors talk about and businesses promote.

This year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday – from August 5 through 7 – is shorter than last year and does not exempt from taxes some items previously included such as computers.

But there are few tax breaks that generate such excitement among taxpayers while stimulating business activity with increased advertising and competition.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1843)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Legislators Must Commit to Transparency and Accountability in the Budgeting Process

by Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch

July 1 marked the first day of Florida’s 2016-17 fiscal year with the new $82.3 billion budget and 159 laws going into effect. The budget, the largest in Florida history, funds all types of services for Floridians, ranging from education and health care to state parks and court renovations.

Passing a state budget is required by the Florida Constitution and involves extremely difficult decisions. Still, it is imperative that our elected officials exercise accountability and transparency in the budgeting process. The hardworking taxpayers of Florida rightfully expect that lawmakers will thoroughly vet all appropriations before adding them to the budget.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

 

Friday, July 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1717)/Comments (0)/
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