Jan. 2023 Florida Tax Collections

Florida’s tax collections surpassed expectations in January 2023, according to a report released by the state Department of Revenue. The state’s revenue in January totaled $2.7 billion, which was $260.2 million more than anticipated. The increase was driven by strong sales tax collections, which were up 15.8% compared to January 2020, indicating a rebound in consumer spending.

The surge in sales tax collections could be attributed to several factors, such as the distribution of federal stimulus checks, the reopening of businesses, and the resumption of tourism activities. The tourism industry, in particular, has been significantly impacted by the pandemic, and the increase in sales tax collections suggests that visitors are returning to the state.

The report also revealed that corporate income tax collections were higher than expected, bringing in $90.7 million, which was $16.5 million more than the forecast. On the other hand, the state’s revenue from documentary stamp taxes, which are collected on real estate transactions, was lower than expected, totaling $261.2 million, which was $9.3 million less than projected.

Overall, the January revenue report suggests that Florida’s economy is recovering from the effects of the pandemic, and the state’s tax collections are exceeding expectations. However, it is important to note that the pandemic is still ongoing, and its long-term impact on the economy remains uncertain.