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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Calls for Cut to the Burdensome Business Rent Tax

The organization calls for a one percent reduction to the tax rate.

Florida TaxWatch's continued call for a cut to the business rent tax (BRT) is echoed again in its latest report. The BRT, the only statewide tax of its kind in the country, requires all Florida businesses to pay the state a six percent tax on commercial leases, with a local option up to an additional two percent. This places a significant and costly burden upon Florida businesses, especially start-ups and smaller companies.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (941)/Comments (0)/
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Statement by Florida TaxWatch President and CEO on House Tax Package

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Ensuring that Florida has a welcoming tax climate for business and residents is crucial in improving the state economy, creating jobs and keeping money in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. Florida TaxWatch applauds the Florida House for their commitment to this goal through their proposed tax package.
Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (781)/Comments (0)/
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Scrapping the Insurance Premium Tax Credit Would Eliminate Jobs for Hard-Working Floridians

Florida’s insurance premium tax code has always provided a preference to in-state insurers in order to promote the development of this sought-after industry.

Legislation filed in the Senate could have a detrimental effect on the insurance industry, which employs more than 200,000 people in Florida. Senate Bill 378 would eliminate the insurance premium tax credit for insurers, the impact of which is highlighted in the latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (740)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That Food Deserts Threaten Florida’s Public Health, Economy

Florida ranks 33rd in the nation for overall health of its residents.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that food deserts are taking a serious toll on our residents. The report finds that more than 23.5 million people throughout the United States are in areas deemed food deserts—places that lack access to healthy food options—and that people living in these areas are more likely to be obese and have health complications.
Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1179)/Comments (0)/
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Failure to Fund Tourism Would Devastate the Sunshine State

Proposals in the Florida House Would Slash Tourism Marketing Programs

Florida tourism is an absolutely critical industry to the state, employing millions of people and contributing millions of dollars to state coffers. Despite its importance to the Sunshine State, tourism is in the crosshairs of the Florida House, a costly decision according to the latest report by the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1493)/Comments (0)/
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Proposed National Border-Adjustment Tax on Reinsurance Would Be a Significant Blow to Florida’s Economy and Taxpayers

It would disproportionately affect the Sunshine State.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that applying a national border-adjusted tax to reinsurance transactions would result in significantly increased property and casualty insurance premiums for Floridians and negatively impact the state economy and job market.
Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2175)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Revenue Estimating Conference Makes Small Boost to Available Funds for Budget

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Today’s Revenue Estimating Conference estimates that an additional $77.8 million in general revenue for the Legislature available to craft the new budget. Despite this boost, the new additions do not materially change the future outlook of the budget process. The Legislature will have to practice fiscal responsibility when crafting the state budget, ensuring that it is balanced and that it funds critical services for taxpayers.
Friday, March 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (694)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Looks at True Cost of Education for Hard-Working Taxpayers

The true cost of education is often much greater than the totals reported from the FEFP as capital outlay, debt service, and other K-12 services are reported separately.

The latest finding by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, explores the true cost of education beyond the “per student” number often cited by the Legislature and media. This report gives Florida taxpayers a more comprehensive and insightful view of the ways that education dollars are spent and allows them to make informed decisions as to whether their tax dollars are being spent in a fiduciary manner.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2375)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Keeps the Focus on Hard-Working Taxpayers During The State of the Taxpayer Dinner

The event is in its second year.

On March 8, Florida TaxWatch, an independent nonpartisan research institute, held its State of the Taxpayer Dinner highlighting the issues affecting Florida taxpayers during the 2017 Legislative Session. In its second year, the sold-out, standing room only State of the Taxpayer Dinner attracted more than 150 taxpayers, business and community leaders and lawmakers.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (710)/Comments (0)/
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Increasing Florida’s High-Tech Footprint Beneficial to State Economy, Job Market Says Latest Taxwatch Report

The Bluffs development will provide thousands of high-wage jobs in the Pensacola area.

A new report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that the growth of high-tech manufacturing is beneficial to Florida and that investing in the industry now can put us ahead of competitor states in enticing companies to the state.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1187)/Comments (0)/
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