Florida TaxWatch Releases Economic Commentary: The Backbone of the Economy Briefing Outlines How Florida’s Small Businesses Have Been Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its latest Economic Commentary: The Backbone of the Economy: How Small Businesses in Florida Have Fared During the Pandemic. The briefing outlines how Florida’s 2.7 million small businesses – which employ 3.5 million employees or roughly 41.7 percent of the private workforce – have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida TaxWatch Releases Report Recommending Comprehensive Review of Government Leasehold Law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch released Calling for Clarity: Florida’s Confusing and Conflicting Scheme for Taxing Government Leaseholds Needs Legislative Attention. The report introduces the idea that Florida’s taxation of government-owned property leased by non-government entities does not align with the principles of sound tax policy – simplicity, fairness, transparency, and ease of administration. In fact, the taxpayer research institute and government watchdog, which has been a trusted resource for state leaders for over 40 years, notes that the law governing the taxation of government leaseholds has been shaped more by the courts than the Legislature and should be subject to a comprehensive review.

Florida TaxWatch Releases Assessment of Broward College’s Broward UP™

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the release of the taxpayer research institute’s latest report, An Independent Assessment of the Value of Broward UP. Launched by Broward College in 2018, Broward UP (Unlimited Potential) is an innovative approach to increasing college access and delivering workforce education in communities impacted by high unemployment and low education attainment, with the aim to improve economic mobility in targeted Broward County area ZIP codes.