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Resources for Florida Employees and Employers Affected by COVID-19

As the coronavirus causes more and more businesses to close their doors, and state and local governments order people to stay home, Florida has been working diligently to provide support and resources to employers and employees. Florida encourages anyone with questions related to the coronavirus to e-mail them to COVID19TAXHELP@floridarevenue.com. Here is a breakdown of resources currently available:

Property Taxes – Taxpayers should contact their local county property appraisers and tax collectors directly. Information on how to contact them can be found here: https://floridarevenue.com/property/Pages/LocalOfficials.aspx

Small Businesses – Governor Rob DeSantis has made $50 million available to small businesses located in Florida that have been affected by the coronavirus. Small businesses that have in-between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to apply for a one year, interest-free loan of up to $50,000 per business. This amount may be increased to $100,000 in special circumstances. For more information on details and eligibility, businesses are encouraged to visit the Florida Disaster Loan website: https://floridadisasterloan.org/eligibility-and-loan-process/

Child Support – Florida has temporarily closed all child support offices to customers until further notice. The Child Support Program is providing alternative methods for people to seek help. Forms and requests can be provided via mail or fax. Additional information can be found here: https://floridarevenue.com/childsupport/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

Sales Tax and Corporate Income Tax – We are still waiting for guidance on whether Florida will provide official deadline extensions.

We will continue to follow developments and provide guidance as it becomes available.

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About the Author(s)
Frederik Sdrenka is an associate with HBK CPAs & Consultants in the firm’s Tax Advisory Group, focusing on tax compliance and consulting for individuals and closely-held businesses. Frederik joined the Tax Advisory Group in 2019 and has been involved in HBK’s Foreign and International Tax Practice. He has tax experience in U.S. planning and compliance related to individual foreign tax and residency issues. He currently spends a significant amount of time researching complicated tax issues for high net worth individuals involved in incoming and outgoing foreign transactions.
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