Florida League of Cities

Communication Services Tax (Oppose) – Failed 

HB 1153 (Steele) and CS/SB 1432 (Trumbull) would freeze the current local tax rate for CST for 3 years, from January 2023 to January 2026. Additionally, the bills would prevent local governments from charging franchise fees for the location of the utilities in the public right of way.  Lastly, the bill reduces the state tax rate for CST percentage by 1.44% as well as the portion on direct to home satellite services by 1.44%. HB 1153 was included in the Ways and Means Committee tax package (HB 7063) with the language relating to the 1.44% reduction in the state tax rate removed. (Chapman)