Communications Services Tax Cut Up Monday - Oppose SB 1174!

On Monday, February 3, at 1:30 p.m., the Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee will consider SB 1174 ( Hutson ) relating to the Communications Services Tax (CST).  
SB 1174 would do the following:

  • Reduces the local CST rate to 5% or less by January 1, 2021 and 4% or less by January 1, 2022.
  • Reduces the state CST rate from 4.92% to 4.9% and the non-charter county CST rate to 2% by January 1, 2022.
  • Clarifies that certain streaming services are subject to the tax and creates uniform rates.
  • Repeals the local option sales surtax conversion that is levied on communications services.

Click here for a spreadsheet of current local CST rates.
SB 1174 Talking Points
  • This is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and a local tax cut pretending to be reform.
  • CST is a vital source of general revenue for cities including funding police, fire and other important municipal services.
  • This bill would reduce local revenues by $190 million. 
  • This bill will have little impact on the individual taxpayer. Instead, it gives the communications providers cover to raise the rates for their services. 

Contact Amber Hughes via email or at 850.701.3621 with any questions.
Please contact members of this committee and urge them to Oppose SB 1174!
Wilton Simpson (R-10), Chair

Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-27), Vice Chair

Randolph Bracy (D-11)

Rob Bradley (R-5)

Jeff Brandes (R-24)
Oscar Braynon (D-35)

Gary Farmer (D-34)

Audrey Gibson (D-6)

Travis Hutson (R-7)

Kathleen Passidomo (R-28)
Click here to download a spreadsheet with committee contact information. You can also use the League’s Contact Your Legislators advocacy tool to email your legislators.
Watch Live on The Florida Channel
To watch this committee hearing, please go to , click on Live Streams and look for the Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Keep FLC informed – Let us know what communications you have with your legislators on this issue. Email Allison Payne
Thank you for your advocacy efforts!