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Investigating Florida’s Corporate Tax Loopholes

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Jason Garcia. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Orlando Sentinel investigative reporter Jason Garcia has been digging into corporate tax loopholes in a six part series called Big Profits, Tiny TaxesIn his reporting Garcia reveals that among other things, 99% of corporations pay no income tax in Florida. 

“Florida is not necessarily a low tax state for lower income people because so much of its money comes from a sales tax,” Garcia tells Intersection.

“But it is a low tax state for businesses, and the argument for that is, that makes businesses want to do more business here, creating more jobs,” he says.

“The single most jarring statistic statistic” about Florida’s corporate income tax, says Garcia, is that only about 1% of all businesses pay any corporate income tax.

“What you find is Florida has a lot of laws on the books, and what you realize is, the laws are essentially meaningless,” says Garcia.

“Companies choose to interpret them however is most favorable to them, then they gamble that they won’t be audited, if they do get audited, they litigate.”


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »