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

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


Press Releases

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 after 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 tax 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

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 taxes information. 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.