Taxation & Budgeting


The very foundation of Florida TaxWatch has been educating taxpayers on the taxation and budgeting policies of their government. Taxation and budgeting research includes our monthly Budget Watch, an annual look at the appropriations process, measuring tax burden and promoting a sound and equitable tax system.  It applies to nearly every piece of research we do.

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2018 Taxpayer Independence Day

04/2018 // Saturday, April 14, Florida TaxWatch joins the taxpayers in our state in celebrating Florida Taxpayer Independence Day 2018. On that day, Floridians are finally earning money for themselves–not for the tax collector. This symbolic date assumes that every dollar earned since January 1 goes to pay federal, state, and local tax obligations. 


2018 Budget Turkey Watch

04/2018 // The $88.7 billion budget passed by the Florida House and Senate for FY2018-19 contains 87 appropriations items qualifying as Budget Turkeys worth $147.5 million. Since projects were not added to the budget during conference this year, most of these were flagged because they circumvented established selection processes. This includes 56 local transportation projects worth nearly $120 million. These member projects, for which there is no formal evaluation and selection process, bypass the transportation planning process, potentially diverting funds from projects that are in the DOT work program.  


2018 Legislative Wrap Up

03/2018 // Find out all about what happened this Session with the TaxWatch Legislative Wrap Up. 


Comparing the 2018 House and Senate Tax Packages

03/2018 // The House unveiled its 2018 tax cut package (HB 7087) almost a month ago, while the Senate’s did not appear until week 8 of the session when it was amended onto SB 620 in the Appropriations Committee. The bills have a lot of similarities, but there are big differences that will have to be negotiated before a final tax cut package is approved. 


Increasing the Independence and Effectiveness of the Florida Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate

02/2018 // The 2018 Legislature has an opportunity to strengthen and increase the independence of an important taxpayer safeguard—the Florida Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate. Senate Bill 826 and House Bill 1345 would make the needed changes to the law. 


2018 House Proposed Tax Package

02/2018 // On February 14, 2018, the House Ways & Means Committee unveiled and passed its proposed tax cut package. The bill contains numerous tax relief provisions, covering sales taxes, property taxes, corporate income taxes, documentary stamp taxes and traffic fines. Several temporary exemptions to provide tax relief for agriculture and homeowners impacted by hurricanes are included. 


Budget Watch - More Revenue for the Next Budget

02/2018 // As the Florida Legislature prepares to go into conference budget negotiations to finalize the FY2018-19 budget, state estimators gave lawmakers a bit of good news. Florida’s General Revenue (GR) Estimating Conference met on February 9 and forecast that the state would collect an additional $461.8 million in FY2017-18 and FY2018-19. 


Budget Watch - Proposed Budgets Close in Amount, but Big Differences Remain

02/2018 // The budget’s bottom lines are relatively close, with the Senate’s $87.3 billion plan coming in at only $100 million more than the House. While the totals are similar, some big differences exist, particularly in education and environmental funding. 


Budget Watch - Governor's FY2018-19 Recommended Budget

12/2017 // Governor Rick Scott recently released his eighth and final budget recommendation. This report details the proposal by budget area. 


Tax Cuts Over Time - Web Tool

11/2017 // Florida TaxWatch has compiled a comprehensive list of state and local tax and fees changes—increases and decreases--enacted by the Florida Legislature since 2010. It includes every new or eliminated tax or fee, changes to tax rates or fee levels, exemptions, credits, expanded bases and more.  


Requiring a Supermajority to Raise Taxes or Fees Can Protect Taxpayers

10/2017 // Having led in the enactment of Florida’s current consitutional state revenue limitation, Florida TaxWatch has been recommending a simpler and higher standard to pass tax increases since 1995. 


Budget Watch - Budget Surplus Threatened by Irma Impacts

09/2017 // The new Outlook forecasts that after funding a continuation budget, there will be $52.0 million in General Revenue (GR) left over, until the financial impacts of Hurricane Irma are considered. 


Budget Watch - More GR Available for Next Budget Thanks to Seminole Gaming Settlement

08/2017 // Estimating Conference says that revenue from the gaming agreement that was reached in July between the state and the Seminole Tribe will more than offset a projected revenue loss for the state. 


2017-18 Taxpayers Budget Pocket Guide

08/2017 // Florida TaxWatch is pleased to present taxpayers with a guide to the FY2017-18 state budget, which went into effect July 1, 2017. After deducting the Governor’s vetoes, the net result is FY2017-18 appropriations totaling $85.158 billion, a $2.9 billion (3.5%) increase over FY2016-17. 


Budget Watch - FY2017-18 GAA Only Tells Part of Florida's Budget Story

07/2017 // The 2017 Florida Legislature passed a $82.418 billion General Appropriations Act (GAA), already the largest in the state’s history. But this is not all the money appropriated this year. 


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