A new Florida law that exempts manufacturing equipment from the state's six percent sales tax is unlikely to be challenged in court, despite lawmakers and advocacy groups claiming that it is unconstitutional. The H.B. 7007 bill was passed with less than two-thirds majority vote in the Legislature required by the Florida Constitution, but was still pushed through to Gov. Rick Scott. The measure aims to lure more manufacturing jobs to the state and this makes it unlikely to be challenged by county and city governments.
“As a local entity, it would be hard to say how much you're losing compared to how much you might gain,” Tax Partner Jim Ervin said. “It depends a lot on one's view between the relationship between tax exemption and job creation.”
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