STATEMENT: Florida TaxWatch Urges Families to Get Prepared During 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement urging Florida families to take the opportunity to stock up on essential items and get prepared for the upcoming hurricane season during the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday which begins Friday, May 29 and runs until Thursday, June 4.

STATEMENT: With April Revenue Down $878M From Estimates Florida TaxWatch Implores Legislature to Act on E-Fairness, Seminole Compact

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, after a report from the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) showed Florida revenue collections for the month of April were down $878 million below estimates, and down more than $675 million year-to-date, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement urging the Florida Legislature to take action to properly collect lawfully owed sales and use taxes on internet sales (E-Fairness) and re-establish a gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe.

Florida TaxWatch: Address Telehealth Challenges Now to Ensure a Robust Health System for Florida’s Patients

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its latest briefing, Telehealth in Florida: Where We Are and What is Next analyzing the challenges and obstacles currently facing telehealth systems, healthcare providers, and patients as Florida moves through the novel coronavirus pandemic and looks to the future of care in the state. The FTW analysis identified broadband internet access, digital readiness, and reimbursement and regulatory discrepancies as the main challenges needing to be addressed through a collaborative approach by local, state, and federal government agencies, healthcare organizations, and patients to ensure a robust telehealth system capable of serving millions of Floridians.

Florida TaxWatch: COVID-19 Causes Uncertainty for 2020 Taxpayer Independence Day

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its analysis of COVID-19’s potential impact on 2020 Taxpayer Independence Day. FTW traditionally releases its Taxpayer Independence Day report every April, recognizing the day that the year-to-date income of Floridians finally surpasses their total annual tax burden, with the assumption that every dollar earned prior to that date goes toward paying that year’s local, state, and federal tax obligations, and every dollar earned for the remainder of the year stays in the pockets of the earner.

Florida TaxWatch Briefing: Florida’s Top Public Employers by County

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its latest briefing, Florida’s Top Public Employers by County, analyzing the prevalence of public employment in Florida by county. According to TaxWatch’s research, a single government entity is the largest employer in the county in 61 of Florida’s 67 counties and at least one government entity is in the top five largest employers in every county in Florida. Public entities fall under four levels: federal, state, county and municipal governments.