As they did last Legislative Session, language will be filed shortly by the Florida House of Representatives that would eliminate the Entertainment Industry Sales Tax Exemption program, which would effectively represent a tax increase on our industry.
Film Florida is collecting letters that will be hand delivered to Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo asking her to oppose this tax increase. Last Legislative Session, President Passidomo and the Florida Senate were the only thing that stood in the way of the Sales Tax Exemption Program being eliminated. They are, once again, critical in staving off this attack on our industry.
By 12pm ET on Friday February 9, send us a short letter that we will gather and hand deliver to President Passidomo demonstrating your support for preserving the sales tax exemption program. Send your letter to info@FilmFlorida.org as a Word or PDF attachment (on company letterhead if available). Please see below for template, include your name, your company’s name (if applicable), and your profession. It is paramount that you articulate the negative impact you or your company will face if your taxes are raised as a result of the sales tax exemption going away.
Below you will find a sample letter for you to follow. If we submit form letters, we lose all credibility! It’s extremely important that each letter be YOUR STORY in YOUR WORDS. Please do not just copy and paste our sample letter. The colored text in the template is for you to edit to your personal info/story. When finished, please send your letter to info@FilmFlorida.org by 12pm ET on Friday February 9.
President Kathleen Passidomo
409 The Capitol
404 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Dear President Passidomo,
My name is Joseph Smith and I work for XYZ Company. I respectfully ask that you preserve the Entertainment Industry Sales Tax Exemption Program.
We are a small company. In my 6 years working in this industry, using the sales tax exemption program has allowed us to hire 2 new people in that time OR having the sales tax exemption has allowed us to purchase equipment that we otherwise would not have been able to afford. If we lost the Entertainment Industry Sales Tax Exemption Program it would be a tax increase on my business, something that would be difficult for us to absorb. (BE SURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR OWN PERSONAL STORY)
Thank you for your support and your efforts. Please preserve the Entertainment Industry Sales Tax Exemption Program. Losing the program would raise my taxes and would hurt me, my company and my family.
YOUR NAME & COMPANY