Some good news for proponents of sound state corporate income taxes: Florida may be on its way to shoring up its corporate levy and to putting an end to some egregious tax avoidance schemes. Earlier this month, the Senate Commerce Committee approved a measure to institute combined reporting of corporate income for tax purposes. As an ITEP policy brief on this topic explains, combined reporting is the single most effective option available to state lawmakers for preventing corporations from shifting income out of Florida and into states where they will not be taxed.
As a recent report from the FloridaCenter for Fiscal and Economic Policy documents, the need for combined reporting is clear. Florida loses in excess of $375 million per year to the sort of legal and accounting ploys that combined reporting would prevent.
While passage of the measure is not assured, Florida could join Wisconsin as the second state to adopt combined reporting this year. Senate President Jeff Atwater has expressed support for this critical reform and public interest groups like the League of Women Voters are actively promoting it.