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Sen. Blaise Ingoglia and Rep. Toby Oberdorf introduced legislation that would protect Florida businesses if they are “targeted” by the Internal Revenue Service.
The legislation would require state-licensed financial institutions to file a regular report on IRS inquiries about Florida accounts; require online apps that report digital money transactions to issue 1099 numbers to Florida businesses; and establish a Civil Liability Trust Fund to help small Florida businesses defend themselves or even sue the IRS in the event of politically motivated audits or federal transgressions.
The bills (SB 372/HB 507) come half a year after the President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which included a financial boost for the IRS to hire about 87,000 new agents.
“The prospect of 87,000 more IRS agents is terrifying. So while our friends in Congress try to derail funding for this ridiculous gang of harassment, at the state level we are arming our small businesses with the tools they need to fight back when attacked because of political affiliation or ideological differences “, Ingoglia said.
State and national Republicans have planned the move to expand the IRS workforce, including Florida’s chief financial officer Jimmy Patronis, who warned that a more robust IRS could lead to a “small business shakedown” by the federal government. He commended Ingoglia and Oberdorf for trying to address it at the state level.
“Today, the Florida Legislature took its first step in taking a stand against the IRS. Sen. Blaise Ingoglia and Rep. Toby Overdorf have introduced one of the most important laws aimed at protecting Floridians and small businesses from the expansion of the IRS, which includes adding 87,000 new IRS agents,” Patronis said.
“Capital is flowing into Florida at historic levels, and there is no doubt that the Biden administration will target our middle class to fund their already bloated programs. Now is the time to take a stand against the IRS and I’ve never been more proud to be a Floridian.”
Moms for Liberty announced it will be holding its second Annual National Joyful Warriors Summit in Philly this summer.
This week in January also marks exactly two years since Moms for Liberty became a national organization, expanding beyond Florida and into New York in 2021. The organization now has a presence in 43 states.
The Joyful Warrior Summit will be held June 29-July 2 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Moms for Liberty said it will be announcing “key keynote speakers” in the coming weeks and that the event will also include breakout sessions on recent controversies in K-12 education and stories from parents about how they’re trying to get a voice in the public of their children are struggling education.
“It is only fitting that we have our national summit at the birthplace of our nation’s own freedom from state control and tyranny. Philadelphia is the perfect place to demonstrate our nation’s core value of freedom, especially at a time when local government leaders have brought back mask mandates in some K-12 public schools. We look forward to joining our cheerful fellow warriors in Philadelphia just days before America celebrates the Fourth of July,” said the co-founders of Moms for Liberty Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich said in a press release.
Founded in Brevard County, Moms for Liberty has proven to be a powerful political force, particularly in Florida, where candidates supported by the group won seats on school boards in numerous counties. The group also allied closely with Gov. Ron DeSantiswho had particular success with school board endorsements and won re-election in a landslide last year.
—”Lawsuit looms as black lawmakers slam Gov. Ron DeSantis’ rejection of AP Black history course‘ via Gray Rohrer of Florida Politics
—”Florida has record-breaking Obamacare filings for 2023‘ via Christine Jordan Sexton of Florida Politics
—”Texas Republican Event hosts 2024 alternatives to DeSantis, Donald Trump‘ via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics
—”Andrew Warren writes to DeSantis asking for reinstatement as a prosecutor‘ via Gray Rohrer of Florida Politics
—”Impact of the Don’t Say Gay Law on LGBTQ+ Parents; more than half considered moving away from Florida‘ via Mitch Perry of the Florida Phoenix
—”Florida Republicans promise school vouchers for everyone, but don’t announce a funding plan‘ via Jeffrey S. Solochek and Ana Ceballos of the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
—”After 18 years, a $1.5 billion levee repair has been completed on Lake O in Florida‘ via Curt Anderson of The Associated Press
—”Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation to stop anti-gay or transgender panic attacks‘ via Anne Geggis of Florida Politics
—”Yes, 2023 is an election year. You can see the races here.‘ via Geoffrey Skelley of FiveThirtyEight
—”Gas stoves and the problematic policy of victims‘ via Vox’s Kelsey Piper
—”Who goes first in your joint tax return? Probably not the woman.‘ via Richard Rubin of the Wall Street Journal
quote of the Day
“We’re here to notify Governor. DeSantis that if he does not negotiate with the College Board to allow AP African American Studies to be taught in classrooms across the state of Florida, these three young people will be the lead plaintiffs in a historic lawsuit.”
— Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crumpspeaking at a rally at the State Capitol.
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Last Call is published by Peter Schorschcompiled and edited by Phil Amman and Drew Wilson with contributions from the staff of Florida Politics.
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