April 15, 2019

On Tax Day, Florida Democrats Call for State Version of Federal Earned Income Tax Credit [Florida Phoenix]

This post was last updated on September 10, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Mitch Perry of the Florida Phoenix writes:

“A study conducted last year by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy listed Florida as the third-worst regressive state in the nation when it comes to tax fairness, behind only Washington state and Texas.

‘We have a structural imbalance in Florida’s fiscal posture, and it will only worsen as we continue to irresponsibly erase Florida’s revenue base,’ said state Rep. Anna Eskamani, a Democrat from Central Florida. ‘I’m talking about (tax) exemptions and different types of credits that the majority benefits our largest corporations in the state of Florida.’

Eskamani cited information from a 2016 report by the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] showing that most of the nearly $18 billion in lost state revenue came from exemptions to sales and use taxes.”


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