Office of Communications

All media inquiries regarding the Florida Department of Revenue are handled by the Office of Communications.

If you are a member of the media and need assistance, please e-mail communications@floridarevenue.com.

Communications Director – Valerie Wickboldt

Deputy Communications Director – Alex Bickley

Communications Coordinator – Tom Morgan

Email: communications@floridarevenue.com
Phone: 850-617-8214


Press Releases

Florida Department of Revenue Extends Filing Due Dates for Florida Businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski issued an emergency order to extend certain filing due dates for Florida businesses located in counties impacted by Hurricane Michael. The order extends the September and October 2018 reporting period due date for returns, reports, and payments for sales and use tax, tourist development tax, reemployment tax, fuel tax and several other tax types to Dec. 7, 2018.

“Following the lead of Governor Scott and state leaders, the Department issued the due date extensions to ensure business owners can remain concentrated on urgent personal and community needs,” said Director Biegalski. “The devastation caused by Hurricane Michael is unlike Florida has seen in many years. The Department is here to assist affected business owners in every way possible during this challenging time.”

Order of Emergency Waiver/Deviation #18-277-DOR-001 applies only to 16 Florida counties designated by FEMA and is for returns, reports, and payments due for the September 2018 and October 2018 reporting periods. Sales and use tax, as well as several other tax returns and payments are normally due on the 1st day of the month, and late on the 20th day of the month. For electronic filers, submissions initiated by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2018, will be timely filed.

The Department has implemented the filing date extensions pursuant to subsection 213.055(2), F.S., which authorizes the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to carry out certain actions during a declared state of emergency. On Oct. 7, 2018, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 18-277 declaring a state of emergency in response to the threat of Hurricane Michael. Following Governor Scott’s request, President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Michael.

The Department’s taxpayer services phone line is available at 850-488-6800 for taxpayers who have additional questions. Visit the Department’s webpage dedicated to Hurricane Michael updates and information. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com.

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Florida Department of Revenue Announces Corporate Income Tax Due Date Extension

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2018

Tallahassee, Fla.- Today, Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski announced extended due dates for corporate income tax filers impacted by Hurricane Michael following the recent declaration from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Eligible taxpayers that file Florida corporate income tax returns, as well as Florida corporate income tax installment payments, with original due dates or extended due dates between October 7, 2018 and February 28, 2019 will now have a due date of March 15, 2019. Eligibility is based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration of designated counties receiving individual assistance.

The current list of eligible counties is available on the Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida webpage on IRS.gov. Impacted taxpayers outside the designated FEMA disaster areas who require assistance with corporate tax filing may contact the Department’s taxpayer services phone line at 1-850-488-6800.

"Hurricane Michael was an unprecedented storm, the total impacts of which are still being assessed. We stand ready to assist business owners in the affected areas during this time," said Director Biegalski.

The Department has implemented the corporate income tax extension pursuant to subsection 213.055(2), F.S., which authorizes the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to carry out certain actions during a declared state of emergency. On Oct. 7, 2018, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 18-277 declaring a state of emergency in response to the threat of Hurricane Michael. Following Governor Scott’s request, President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Michael.

The Department’s taxpayer services phone line is available at 1-850-488-6800 for taxpayers who have additional questions. Visit the Florida Corporate Income Tax webpage for additional details. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com.

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Departments of Education and Revenue Encourage Florida Families to Take Advantage of the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2018

  • CONTACT:
  • FDOE Press Office
  • 850-245-0413
  • DOEPressOffice@fldoe.org

  • Tallahassee, Fla., August 1, 2018 – As Florida families begin preparing for another school year, Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski are reminding Floridians that they can save money on school supplies and clothing during the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday August 3-5.

    "This is a wonderful opportunity for families to save money while purchasing the supplies their students will need for school," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for Florida students, and the back-to-school sales tax holiday makes it easier for parents and students to prepare for a successful year."

    "We are pleased to partner with the Department of Education to promote the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. This is a great time for families to gather the supplies needed for a successful school year," said Leon Biegalski, executive director of the Department of Revenue. "Floridians can access information about qualifying items, as well as promotional materials for the sales tax holiday through the Department of Revenue's website, floridarevenue.com/backtoschool."

    The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. It runs Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 5. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.

    For more information and to view the lists of qualifying items, visit the Department of Revenue’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday website at floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.

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Florida Department of Revenue Wins Five 2018 Prudential Productivity Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2018

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Revenue (Department) announced that the agency was awarded five 2018 Prudential Productivity Awards for the efforts of employees to increase productivity and promote innovation throughout Department operations. Since 1989, the Prudential Productivity Awards program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably improved the delivery of state services and saved money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

"The Prudential Productivity Awards provide an excellent opportunity for our hardworking team members to be publicly acknowledged for their efforts. We are very fortunate to have many talented public servants at the Department and this recognition is much deserved for these dedicated employees,” said Leon Biegalski, executive director of the Department. “Our team continues to work toward strategic initiatives to ensure the best possible service for the millions of people we interact with each year."

This year, Department of Revenue employees were recognized for several efforts including:

  • their dedication to supporting information services operational continuity across the Department during Hurricane Irma;
  • the implementation of additional automated features in the General Tax Administration’s Customer Relationship Management module of SUNTAX to improve customer service tracking and response time;
  • the development of an internal transfer program in the Child Support Program to promote retention and reduce the time needed to fill positions;
  • the establishment of a unique and innovative partnership with the SCORE Association in the General Tax Administration program designed to provide taxpayer education to drive business success (the SCORE partnership was also recognized nationally in April 2018 by the Federation of Tax Administrators); and
  • the addition of security measures in the General Tax Administration program to further enhance the protection of taxpayers’ personal identifying information.

Over the course of the 28-year program, more than 16,000 nominations have been received, and awards have been given to state employees for saving or maximizing state dollars at a total of more than $9.2 billion. The program is a major government improvement initiative chaired by Florida's Lt. Governor and co-sponsored by Florida TaxWatch, The Florida Council of 100, and the state of Florida. For more information on the winners of the awards, visit the 2018 Award Winners web page.

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Florida Department of Revenue Wins Federation of Tax Administrators Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2018

CONTACT:
Verenda/FTA
Verenda.Smith@taxadmin.org
202-624-8843


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 23, 2018) – The Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) today announced six winners of the FTA 2018 Awards:

  • Alabama Department of Revenue, for its Income Tax Refund Fraud Individual App
  • Florida Department of Revenue, for its SCORE Partnership Team program
  • Maryland Office of the Comptroller, for its Impact of Age Demographics on Tax Filing and Revenue solution
  • Maryland Office of the Comptroller, for its Supervisor Enrichment program
  • Washington State Department of Revenue, for its Excise Law Training program
  • Wisconsin Department of Revenue, for its Customer Service Quality Assurance Toolkit

FTA award nominations are judged by a panel of former FTA Board of Trustees presidents (all former tax agency heads) who are no longer working in state tax administration.

Awards will be presented during the general session of the FTA Annual Meeting, June 3-6 in Nashville, Tenn. Award winners are invited to make a presentation on their winning idea, approach or program at an FTA educational event, such as the Annual Meeting or Revenue Estimation and Tax Research Conference.

FTA award winners are chosen from the most innovative, transferable, effective and usable nominations that also “have that something special." Agencies may submit multiple programs, and there are no longer categories that rotate each year.

The purpose of the FTA awards program is to give FTA members a forum for sharing their most outstanding success stories and for their peers to learn from the creative thinking in tackling tax administration challenges.

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State Tax Notes: An Interview with Florida Revenue Director Leon Biegalski

Published on January 29, 2018 / By Steven M. Hogan and Nicholas J. Rodriguez

[Steven M. Hogan is a shareholder with the Ausley McMullen law firm in Tallahassee, Florida, where his tax practice focuses on state and federal tax controversy and planning. Hogan is director of the Florida Bar Tax Section’s State Tax Division and an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law, where Nicholas J. Rodriguez is a second-year law student. Rodriguez is also a law clerk at Ausley McMullen. In this edition of Across State Lines, Hogan and Rodriguez interview Leon Biegalski, executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue.]

At a March 2016 Florida Cabinet meeting, Leon Biegalski outlined his desire to become the executive director of one of the state’s largest agencies, the Department of Revenue. He had prepared extensively for the moment, but it was not your average job interview.

"At the start of my interview, I thanked the governor, attorney general, chief financial officer, and the commissioner,” Biegalski said. “Although a seemingly obvious and appropriate way to begin, I truly felt the weight of the honor — to be considered at this point, let alone lead —as I addressed each one of them."

His presentation focused on a customer centric method for operations. Asked by Gov. Rick Scott (R) why he wanted to become head the DOR, he responded: "The simple question: Why? It’s because I care."

A native Floridian who began his career in public service more than two decades ago, Biegalski was familiar with state government operations. Before applying for the DOR, he held posts at the Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and most recently was deputy secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Biegalski earned his undergraduate degree in political science at Florida State University and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University Law School. For part of his career, he practiced law at Akerman Senterfitt LLP.

"I considered my legal background an asset and expressed this in the interview," Biegalski recalled. "Understanding the complex laws that are a part of everyday decisions made at the department is a crucial component of this leadership position. I know that this foundational knowledge of the law and how it applies, specifically to matters of state government, helps make sure I’m asking the right questions when issues are presented to me."

The DOR comprises over 5,000 positions in offices throughout Florida and in six other states: California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Asked during the 2016 interview what his first 100 days would look like, Biegalski committed to going into the field to meet with employees and stakeholders to understand what was or was not working and how to enhance the department’s operations.

"I also made sure that the governor and cabinet understood that in their travels across the state, if they came across anyone who had a department-related issue, that they can give that individual my card and I'll take care of it,” Biegalski said. "Throughout my experience, I've built a good reputation with stakeholders. I'm honest with them — they'll know, no matter the answer, that I thought it through and that they were treated equally and fairly. This means a great deal."

A few days after his interview with the governor and cabinet, Biegalski started at the DOR.

Read more from State Tax Notes.

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Florida Department of Revenue Extends Filing Due Dates for Florida Businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2017

Florida Department of Revenue Extends Filing Due Dates for Florida Businesses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski issued an emergency order to extend certain filing due dates for Florida businesses registered with the Department in each of the 67 counties. Order of Emergency Waiver Number 17-235-DOR-003 changes the filing due date for sales and use tax, as well as fuel tax returns and payments to Sept. 29, 2017. “The effects of Hurricane Irma on Florida businesses can be felt across the state with more than half of Florida’s counties now included in the FEMA disaster area designation,” said Director Biegalski. “As the damage from Irma is assessed, each business will face unique challenges. We understand that in this time each day is critical to restoring operations. Following the lead of Governor Scott and state leaders, the Department issued the due date extensions to provide the hundreds of thousands of businesses we work with more time to focus on recovery priorities.”

Sales and use tax, as well as fuel tax returns and payments are normally due on the 1st day of the month, and late on the 20th day of the month. For electronic filers, submissions initiated by 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 28 will be deemed timely filed. The Department has implemented the filing date extensions pursuant to subsection 213.055(2), F.S., which authorizes the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to carry out certain actions during a declared state of emergency. On Sept. 4, 2017, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in response to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

The Department’s taxpayer services phone line is available at 800-352-3671 for taxpayers who have additional questions. Visit the Florida Sales and Use Tax webpage and the Florida Fuel Tax webpage for additional details. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com.

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Florida Department of Revenue Announces Corporate Income Tax Due Date Extension

Update: The FEMA designation now includes all 67 Florida counties.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2017

Florida Department of Revenue Announces Corporate Income Tax Due Date Extension

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski announced extended due dates for corporate income tax filers impacted by Hurricane Irma following the recent declaration from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The extension directs eligible taxpayers that Florida corporate income tax returns, as well as Florida corporate income tax installment payments, with original due dates or extended due dates between Sept. 4, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2018 will now be due Feb. 15, 2018. Eligibility is based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration of designated counties receiving individual assistance.

As of this week, Gov. Rick Scott announced the IRS included additional Florida counties within the covered disaster areas: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia. The current list of eligible counties is available on the Hurricane Irma disaster relief page for Florida on IRS.gov. Impacted taxpayers outside the designated FEMA disaster areas who require assistance with corporate tax filing may contact the Department’s taxpayer services phone line at 800-352-3671.

“The widespread impacts of Hurricane Irma have presented many challenges for Florida businesses,” said Director Biegalski. “Federal and state leaders continue to work diligently to provide various forms of relief to aid taxpayers in recovery efforts after this devastating hurricane.”

The Department has implemented the corporate income tax extension pursuant to subsection 213.055(2), F.S., which authorizes the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to carry out certain actions during a declared state of emergency. On Sept. 4, 2017, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in response to the threat of Hurricane Irma. On Sept. 5, 2017, President Donald Trump approved a request to declare an emergency in the State of Florida due to Hurricane Irma.

The Department’s taxpayer services phone line is available at 800-352-3671 for taxpayers who have additional questions. Visit the Florida Corporate Income Tax webpage for additional details. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com.

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Department of Revenue Issues Emergency Order for Hurricane Irma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6, 2017

Department of Revenue Issues Emergency Order for Hurricane Irma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski issued an Emergency Order Implementing Provisions of Executive Order 17-235 (Re: Hurricane Irma). The emergency order waives statutory timing requirements and provides additional specific requirements to local taxing authorities regarding their millage and budget hearings. The laws waived impact the deadlines for the adoption and certification of non-ad valorem assessments and the scheduling requirements for millage and budget hearings.

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Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2017

Departments of Education and Revenue Encourage Florida Families to Take Advantage of the 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

~ Three-day sales tax holiday begins August 4 ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As Florida families begin preparing for another school year, Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Department of Revenue Executive Director Leon Biegalski are reminding Floridians that they can save money on school supplies and clothing during the 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday August 4 - 6.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for families to save money while purchasing the supplies their students will need for school,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for Florida students, and the back-to-school sales tax holiday makes it easier for parents and students to prepare for a successful year.”

“The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is an event Florida’s families look forward to at this time of the year. We encourage Floridians to visit floridarevenue.com to learn more about the sales tax holiday and to share the available promotional materials with friends and family,” said Executive Director Biegalski. “Additionally, the Department is available to assist businesses and individuals with any questions they may have during this time.”

The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. It runs Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 6. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including most school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear and accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item.

For more information and to view the lists of qualifying items, visit the Department of Revenue’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday website at floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.

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Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017

Stock Up on Disaster Preparedness Supplies June 2-4 During Florida Sales Tax Holiday

~ 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday has been passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June marks the start of hurricane season and a time for Floridians to stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from sales tax. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017.

“The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is an opportunity for Floridians to purchase supplies in preparation for a variety of storm-related activity,” said Leon Biegalski, executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue. “From powerful thunderstorms and tornados, to tropical storms and hurricanes, Florida experiences a range of potentially dangerous weather throughout summer and fall. We encourage Floridians to participate in this sales tax holiday as being proactive is in the best interest of their safety.”

The Florida Department of Revenue issued a Tax Information Publication (TIP) that addresses the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday and posted the TIP on www.floridarevenue.com. The TIP outlines qualifying items ranging from portable, self-powered light sources selling for $20 or less to portable generators selling for $750 or less. The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

For more information and promotional materials for the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, please visit http://www.floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep.

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About the Florida Department of Revenue: The Florida Department of Revenue administers the State of Florida’s general tax, property tax oversight and child support programs. The Department’s mission is to provide excellent and efficient service through the fair and consistent administration of Florida’s tax and child support laws in order to simplify the process of compliance. To learn more about the Department of Revenue, visit www.floridarevenue.com and follow @FloridaRevenue on Twitter.