Florida Senate - 2012 CS for CS for CS for SB 1060 By the Committees on Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; Community Affairs; and Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; and Senators Bogdanoff and Lynn 593-03833-12 20121060c3 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to communications services tax; 3 creating the Communications Services Tax Working 4 Group; housing the working group in the Department of 5 Revenue for administrative purposes; providing for 6 membership; limiting the reimbursement of members for 7 per diem and travel expenses; providing issues that 8 the working group will study; requiring the working 9 group to hold meetings; providing for a report to the 10 Governor and Legislature by a certain date; providing 11 an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. (1) The Communications Services Tax Working 16 Group is created and housed for administrative purposes within 17 the Department of Revenue. 18 (2) The working group shall consist of 11 members as 19 follows: 20 (a) The executive director of the Department of Revenue, or 21 his or her designee, who shall serve as chairperson and as a 22 nonvoting member and who shall appoint the remaining members. 23 (b) Six members, including, but not limited to, 24 representatives of dealers, retailers, video service providers, 25 direct-to-home satellite service providers, local phone service 26 providers, and wireless providers who provide prepaid services. 27 (c) Two representatives of counties. 28 (d) Two representatives of municipalities. 29 (3) Members of the working group are not entitled to 30 receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses other 31 than reimbursement provided by their respective group, office, 32 or agency. 33 (4) The working group shall: 34 (a) Review national and state tax policies relating to the 35 communications industry; 36 (b) Review the amount of tax revenue that has been 37 generated by the communications services taxes imposed or 38 administered pursuant to chapter 202, Florida Statutes, and that 39 is expected to be generated in the future, and the extent to 40 which this revenue has been relied on to secure bonded 41 indebtedness; 42 (c) Review the state’s ability to design tax laws that are 43 efficient and fairly administered, including whether the 44 applicability of the tax laws is reasonably clear to 45 communications service providers, retailers, customers, local 46 governments, and state administrators. This review shall take 47 into consideration the diverse and evolutionary nature of 48 communication technology and the resulting services, 49 particularly as it applies to prepaid wireless services; 50 (d) Review the administrative burdens imposed on 51 communications services providers, retailers, local governments, 52 and the department under the current tax structure; 53 (e) Identify options for reducing the administrative 54 burdens and for developing a unified tax or reducing the high 55 degree of local communications services tax rate variability, 56 including the feasibility of distributing revenues based on 57 formulas; and 58 (f) Identify options that remove competitive advantages due 59 to taxation for competing, functionally equivalent 60 communications services. 61 (5) The working group shall prepare a report that addresses 62 each issue specified in subsection (4). The group shall submit 63 the report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 64 Speaker of the House of Representatives by February 1, 2013. The 65 working group shall hold meetings as frequently as deemed 66 necessary by the chair to produce the report. 67 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.