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New Legislation Affects Tax Reporting on Florida Corporations

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February 18th, 2020

Posted in IRS & Tax Information

Last summer, Florida passed new legislation requiring all Florida corporate income tax filers to provide certain additional information online with the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR). The new online information disclosure relates to how certain areas of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impact a company’s Florida income tax. Note that the state has limited this additional online reporting to only those companies required to file a Florida corporate income/franchise tax returns (Form F-1120 or F-1120-A). Other entity types such as partnerships are not affected by this legislation.


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Major Highlights of the New “Secure Act” Signed into Law

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January 17th, 2020

Posted in Asset Protection,Estate & Personal Planning,IRS & Tax Information

The SECURE Act, or the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act”, was recently signed into law on December 20, 2019 without much notice.  It took effect on January 1, 2020 and significantly changed the landscape of retirement planning.  Here are some of the major changes created by the new law:


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Are Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Taxable?

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December 16th, 2019

Posted in IRS & Tax Information

What is Cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is a virtual currency or representation of money or value.  However, it is not legal tender of any government.  Cryptocurrency is similar to the U.S. dollar in that it can be used to purchase goods and services, and it can also rise and fall in value depending on supply and demand.  Bitcoin, for example, is set to produce a limited supply.  In addition to Bitcoin, there are several other types of cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and Ripple.   


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Inspections of Condo and HOA Official Records

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November 15th, 2019

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

Condominium and homeowner’s associations are required to maintain the official records* of the association within the state for at least 7 years and make them available to the owners or their authorized representative for inspection within 45 miles of the community or within the same county.  For condominiums, Florida Statute § 718.111(12)(c) requires that the association provide access to the records within 10 business days of receiving a written request.  Failing to provide the records within the 10-day period creates a rebuttable presumption that the association willfully failed to provide the records and the requesting owner becomes entitled to damages in the minimum amount of $50.00 per day beginning on the 11th business day after the request. 


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IRS Audit Rate Has Dropped Steeply Since 2010

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November 8th, 2019

Posted in IRS & Tax Information

Are you concerned about being audited by the IRS? An IRS audit takes place when the Internal Revenue Service chooses to review a taxpayer’s accounts to verify that tax laws are being followed. As a preliminary caution, beware of phone scams as the IRS will always initiate a tax audit by mail. The IRS will not call to demand immediate payment or ask for a debit or credit card number over the phone, nor will they threaten to bring in local law enforcement to arrest people. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims.


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Florida Leads the Way Revolutionizing Estate Planning by Allowing Electronic Wills

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September 20th, 2019

Posted in Estate & Personal Planning

Florida is leading the way in estate planning as a new bill is revolutionizing the way Floridians execute their last will and testaments. The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 409, which allows for electronic wills and electronic signatures starting January 1, 2020. Like a traditional will, an electronic will must be signed by the testator in the presence of two witnesses.  An electronic signature is defined as “an electronic mark visibly manifested in a record as a signature and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record.”


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Filling Vacant Seats on the Board of Directors

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August 30th, 2019

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

The typical board of directors for a condominium or homeowner’s association consists either 3, 5, or 7 directors, depending on the governing documents and participation within the community.  The election of directors by the membership generally occurs each year at the annual meeting.   Some associations have trouble finding enough candidates to fill the open director positions at the annual elections, but what happens when a director unexpectedly resigns, passes away or is disqualified before the end of his or her term?  How does the association fill that vacant director’s seat?


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Florida Property Taxes – You Must Act Soon If You Wish to Contest Your County’s Proposed Assessments

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August 22nd, 2019

Posted in IRS & Tax Information

Your local Florida County Property Appraiser mails out the Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (Truth in Millage or “TRIM” form) in August or September of each year.

Property owners or taxpayers who wish to contest or appeal their property value to the Value Adjustment Board must file a petition (one of the DR-86 forms) with the clerk of court within 25 days of the Notice of Proposed Property Taxes:


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