Support SB 76: Small Business Saturday Sales Tax Holiday

 

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On November 6, 2017 the Florida Chamber of Commerce urged Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee members to support SB 76- Small Business Saturday Sales Tax Holiday.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support SB 76, related to a sales tax holiday on Small Business Saturday. This bill, proposed by Senator Rene Garcia, will be heard Monday, November 6, 2017, in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.

The Florida Chamber supports efforts that support small businesses. With two out of three new jobs being created by small businesses, small businesses are the backbone of our economy. SB 76 creates a sales tax holiday for purchases made on Small Business Saturday, drawing attention to our local, mainstreet companies. This legislation is important to Florida’s business community because this bill:

  • Encourages purchases at local small businesses on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving; and
  • Increases awareness of local small businesses as a part of the larger “Small Business Saturday” campaign.

The Florida Chamber urges you to support SB 76, and will consider votes on this legislation, and any substantive amendments to it in committee or on the floor, in our annual How They Voted report card. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues. We will make every effort to notify you prior to a vote that may be included in our annual legislative report card. If you have any questions about this or other issues on the 2018 Business Agenda, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Frank C. Walker, III
Vice President of Government Affairs
Florida Chamber of Commerce

Florida Chamber Tax Legislation Update

The Florida Chamber of Commerce supports efforts to lower the burden of taxation for Florida’s job creators and families. That’s why we are fighting hard at the Capitol to make sure Florida continues to have one of the best tax climates in the nation. Below is a quick recap on Florida Chamber tax-related bills that saw legislative action this week.

Reversing Course on the Insurance Premium Tax Credit (SB 378, Sen. Anitere Flores)

This is a bad-for-business bill that would increase the tax burden on over 300 insurance companies, despite the fact that they remit both the corporate income tax and insurance premium tax to the state. In an unsuccessful move designed to split the business community, the Senate filed an amendment this week that would apply savings from removing the tax credit to the business rent tax. The Florida Chamber remains opposed and testified in opposition this week prior to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax voting Tuesday to pass the bill. To the Senate’s efforts to increase taxes on one industry while reducing taxes elsewhere, Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson told POLITICO Florida,

“Small businesses need the Legislature to begin phasing out the business rent tax. If the Senate is looking for new revenue, we suggest taxing trial lawyers who push frivolous lawsuits.”

 

Business Rent Tax/Tax on Tax (SB 704, Sen. Rene Garcia)

This Florida Chamber-backed bill passed Wednesday in the Senate Community Affairs Committee. It would eliminate the sales tax on the property tax portion of rent for Florida businesses, reduce the cost of leases for small businesses by lowering taxes and makes a first step in eliminating portions of the business rent tax.

Limitations on Property Tax Assessments (HB 21, Rep. Colleen Burton)

This Florida Chamber-backed bill passed the Florida House 110-3 on Thursday. The Senate companion, SB 76, still has two committee hearings remaining. HB 21 proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would continue the 10 percent assessment cap that passed in 2008 and prevent the property value for tax purposes from increasing by more than 10 percent annually.

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For more information about where the Florida Chamber stands on these and other taxation-related issues, click here or contact me at cjohnson@flchamber.com to join our fight to secure Florida’s future.

Florida Chamber Applauds 9 Lawmakers But Mourns ‘Missed Opportunities’

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has released its annual report card, a list of which lawmakers have found favor with the business group and which fell short.

Eight Senators and one member of the House voted 100 percent in line with the Chamber’s agenda, including a tax cut package and some of the health care bills (though notably not the FHIX plan to subsidize health insurance for the poor).

Perhaps that’s one of the “missed opportunities” Chamber chairman Steve Knopik is referring to in a statement released with the rankings.

“Despite philosophical differences, lawmakers passed 20 Florida Chamber-backed measures during the two recent legislative sessions,” Knopik said. “Unfortunately, there were a number of missed opportunities, resulting in fewer votes taken on issues that could help make Florida more competitive.”

Here’s which lawmakers cracked the top of the charts with perfect scores:

  • Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne
  • Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker
  • Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah
  • Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando
  • Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville
  • Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, who got an extra thumbs-up from the Chamber for his votes in the House before switching chambers in April
  • Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples
  • Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando
  • Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights

Still, there are others the Chamber wasn’t so pleased with. Like House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach, who voted with the group just 33 percent of the time.

You can peruse the full list on the Chamber’s website, if that’s your thing.