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CFO Patronis on Revised IRS Proposal: Florida is Not Going to Comply

10/19/2021

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
CFO Patronis on Revised IRS Proposal: Florida is Not Going to Comply

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement on reports that U.S. Senate Democrats are proposing to change the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) reporting threshold proposal from $600 to $10,000.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “If the Biden Administration thinks moving the reporting threshold by a few thousand dollars changes anything – then he really is disconnected from normal people. He supposedly is trying to shake down billionaires and fight fraud, but he wants to go after middle class bank accounts and small businesses? He’s lying. The entire administration is lying. And they know they’re lying.

“They’re trying to spend trillions, upon trillions of dollars, and they need hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes to look at the cameras and say with a straight face – it will cost taxpayers nothing – which is a lie. This proposal is the biggest shakedown of the middle class that’s ever been publicly aired as a serious policy idea. To think ole-Joe from Scranton thought going to war with middle class was a good idea is beyond me and is really telling of what the elite on Capitol Hill think they can get away with. It’s the kind of idea that would come out of Cuba and Venezuela – not the United States. 

“Let me be very clear: Florida’s not going to comply with this absurd government overreach. If our elected leaders in Washington fail us – and this becomes law – Florida is not going to comply and we’re going to court. Until then we’ll keep fighting, and fighting, until this Orwell-like packet of garbage is sent back to the bottom drawer of some bureaucrat’s basement at the U.S. Treasury – where it belongs.”  

Earlier this month, CFO Jimmy Patronis issued an op-ed criticizing the Biden Administration’s proposal. The CFO has also spoken publicly on the issue. Watch here and here.
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).