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  • CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Hot Cars as Summer Temps Heat Up

    6/18/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis warns parents, caregivers and loved ones to never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle especially as a stifling heat wave impacts much of the state. In 2023, 29 children died in hot car related tragedies including seven from Florida.
  • CFO Patronis Provides Flood Claims Information Following South Florida Storms

    6/17/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis provided information and resources for Florida residents who may be impacted by the torrential rain and flooding throughout South Florida last week. On Friday, CFO Patronis visited the Broward County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assess storm recovery needs. Listed below are insurance claims contacts for the top automobile insurance companies in the South Florida area and resources from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For individuals who have flood insurance policies for their residence through FEMA and NFIP, the CFO encourages consumers to contact their insurance agents for more information about filing a claim. Consumers may also reach NFIP directly at 877-336-2627.
  • **CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Fire Dangers of Lithium Battery Powered Tools this Father’s Day

    6/14/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is warning Floridians of the potential fire dangers associated with aftermarket lithium-ion powered batteries ahead of Father’s Day. There are many aftermarket and even counterfeit batteries on store shelves or online that may seem like a bargain, but purchasing one of these batteries could result in poor performance, shorter tool life, and may even pose serious fire dangers.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis to Airbnb: Florida Needs Answers on Listings in Communist Cuba

    6/13/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to Airbnb CEO Bryan Cheskey regarding the companies rental listings and business practices within Communist-controlled Cuba and possible profits earned from properties confiscated from Cuban Americans by the Cuban government. Airbnb was recently sued in Florida for listing property in Cuba confiscated by Castro decades ago.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Applauds Signing of the Focus on Florida’s Future Budget

    6/12/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis applauded Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of Florida’s 2024 Focus on Florida’s Future Budget. The Department of Financial Services (DFS) requested and received critical funding including $7 million to bolster insurance consumer services and expand the agency’s footprint across the state. DFS also secured $200 million to fund the My Safe Florida Home program to harden homes against storms and help cut insurance costs. Lastly, the Department will receive $7 million to support the state fire college and arson lab and $10 million to aid veterans and first responders in their battle against PTSD.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Commercial Lease Sales Tax Cut a Huge Win for Florida Small Businesses

    6/12/2024
    Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis voted to approve rules to implement a reduction in Florida’s Commercial Lease Sales Tax rate to reduce the tax burden on small businesses following the successful replenishment of the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. Passed by the Florida Legislature in 2021, the Commercial Lease Sales Tax cut will reduce the rate from 4.5 percent to 2.0 percent, providing Florida employers with an estimated $1 billion in tax relief. Last session, CFO Patronis also supported measures that would provide counties with the authority to provide tax breaks for small local businesses by allowing local governments to forgo the collection of their business rent taxes.
  • CFO Patronis Provides Flood Insurance Program Resources to Prepare for South Florida Storms

    6/11/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis provided information and resources for Florida residents who may be impacted by the severe weather threatening to cause torrential rain and flooding throughout South Florida this week. The CFO provided information for residents with coverage through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and who might be affected by flood damage. Managed by FEMA, NFIP offers flood insurance to help mitigate the impact of flooding on businesses, property owners, and renters. For individuals who have flood insurance policies through FEMA and its federal flood insurance program, the CFO encourages consumers to contact their insurance agents for more information about filing a claim. Consumers may also reach FEMA directly at 1-800-621-3362.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Former Fire Captain For Insurance Fraud

    6/11/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Miguel Ferrer, a retired Town of Davie Fire Captain, for insurance fraud related to a claim for additional living expense (ALE) connected to a homeowner property claim from March 2022.
  • Florida Deferred Compensation Plan Launches 457b Pre-Tax and Roth for State Employees

    6/11/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that the Florida Deferred Compensation Plan will allow 457b Pre-Tax and 457b Roth (post-tax) payroll contributions starting in July 2024. 457b Roth payroll contributions are made on a post-tax basis and give eligible State of Florida Employees more flexibility in meeting retirement income goals and securing their financial future.
  • ICYMI: Wall Street Journal: A Politically Made Insurance Panic

    6/10/2024
    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Wall Street Journal: A Politically Made Insurance Panic “Wall Street Journal: A Politically Made Insurance Panic” June 9, 2024 The Editorial Board
  • ***VIDEO RELEASE*** CFO Patronis Addresses Florida Professional Firefighters Convention

    6/7/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $32 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of May. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Florida citizens.
  • **CONSUMER ALERT VIDEO PSA** CFO Patronis Provides Recovery Resources, Warns of Fraud Following Tallahassee Tornados

    6/5/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is providing additional recovery resources and warning residents to be on the lookout for fraud as they work to recover from severe weather and tornados that devastated parts of North Florida on May 10th, 2024.
  • **CONSUMER ALERT VIDEO PSA** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Last Chance to Take Advantage of the Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption

    6/4/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to take advantage of the Florida Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption before it ends on June 30, 2024. This initiative established a two-year sales tax exemption on the retail sales of items like impact-resistant windows, doors, and garage doors. Overall, the Florida Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption program has saved homeowners an estimated $462 million during the course of the exemption period.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Insurance Agent for Fraud

    6/4/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) announce the arrest of Insurance Agent, Bryce Corey Tyminski, for alleged fraudulent insurance claims and criminal use of personal identification. Tyminski intended to defraud Americo Financial Life & Annuity Insurance Company and American Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas out of more than $1,200.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Returns More than $32 Million in Unclaimed Property in May

    6/3/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $32 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of May. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Florida citizens.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: The 2024 Hurricane Season is Here. Are you Prepared?

    5/31/2024
    Today, ahead of the start of the 2024 Hurricane Season on Saturday, June 1st, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is highlighting hurricane preparedness financial tips and resources to aid Floridians with their disaster plans as an active storm season is predicted with up to 25 named storms and seven major hurricanes. The CFO also encouraged Floridians to take advantage of the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday starting June 1st – June 14th.
  • **PHOTO & B-ROLL RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis Hosts “Fixing Problems for Floridians” Fair in West Palm Beach

    5/28/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services hosted a “Fixing Problems for Floridians” Fair in West Palm Beach. The event, which was open to the public, consisted of experts from DFS to assist Floridians with their issues and educate consumers on a wide variety of resources available to them.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Appoints Jon Ritchie to Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors

    5/24/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the appointment of Jon Ritchie to the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA) Board of Directors. FIGA is a nonprofit corporation created by the Florida Legislature in 1970 and services pending claims by or against Florida policyholders of member insurance companies that become insolvent and are ordered liquidated.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Four Arrests in Miami Staged Accident Scheme

    5/24/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of four individuals including Bryan Carlos Hernandez, Rusland Rivero Tellez, Juan Fonseca Lauzao, and Elvis Fonseca Lauzao for their role in an alleged Personal Injury Protection (PIP) fraud scheme. The four allegedly had the intention to defraud National General Insurance and Progressive Insurance Company by exploiting the PIP benefits associated with their auto policies for financial gain.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Issues Proclamation Recognizing Contractor Fraud Awareness Week

    5/22/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a proclamation recognizing May 20th – May 24, 2024 as Contractor Fraud Awareness Week. Since 2017, CFO Patronis has made it a top priority to protect consumers from fraud by launching the Fraud Free Florida initiative and standing up additional fraud investigative task forces throughout the state. If you or someone you know is suspicious of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WJXT/WKMG: COST VS. BENEFIT OF SOLAR PANELS

    5/22/2024
    WJXT/WKMG: COST VS. BENEFIT OF SOLAR PANELS “COST VS. BENEFIT OF SOLAR PANELS” May 21, 2024 WJXT/WKMG - ERIC VON ANCKEN
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Hosts “Fixing Problems for Floridians” Fair in West Palm Beach

    5/22/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) will host a “Fixing Problems for Floridians” Fair in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024. The event is open to the public and will consist of experts from DFS to assist Floridians with their issues and educate consumers on resources available to them. Florida's Insurance Consumer Advocate Tasha Carter will also be on hand to help insurance policyholders who are dealing with a challenging claims process. Insurance consumers can learn more about ways to reduce their premiums through the My Safe Florida Home program and Workers’ Compensation professionals will also be on hand to help small businesses navigate any issues they have. The Department will also have an Unclaimed Property Portal on hand to assist Floridians in collecting any unclaimed cash they are entitled to.
  • **CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Following Storms, Know Your Rights & Protect Yourself

    5/21/2024
    Today, following recent severe storms that impacted much of the Panhandle and Big Bend, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is reminding Floridians of their rights and vital consumer protections measures following hurricanes and storms. Last year, the CFO fought for legislation to help consumers fight back against bad public adjuster contracts. HB 1185, Consumer Protection, was passed by the legislature in 2023 and signed into law by Governor DeSantis. This legislation created a recission period of 30 days after the storm or 10 days after the public adjuster contract was signed to allow consumers a way out of a bad public adjuster contract. For more information on post-disaster scams, or insurance help, please contact the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer services at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) or visit PrepareFL.com.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: The Obamacare Marketplace is Facilitating Fraud Against Floridians

    5/21/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced he sent a letter late yesterday evening to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Brett Guthrie, who serve as chairs of committees overseeing the U.S. Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), where he stated that the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) Marketplace is allowing fraud to occur against Floridians. The ACA Marketplace has weak protections against bad actors who switch policyholders’ health insurance plans, without consent, to collect commission. Fraudsters will also signup participants in different states using Marketplace, leading to tax penalties against victims because they do not qualify for ACA products.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Initiatives to Protect Firefighters from Battery Fires

    5/16/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has started rulemaking to develop new standards and protocols for managing lithium-ion battery fires in devices such as electric vehicles (EVs), scooters and golfcarts.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Appoints Three to the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association

    5/15/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the appointment of Glenn Ritchie and Benjamin Treuil to the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA) Board of Directors. CFO Patronis also reappointed Kimberly Blackburn to the FIGA Board of Directors. FIGA is a nonprofit corporation created by the Florida Legislature in 1970 and services pending claims by or against Florida policyholders of member insurance companies that become insolvent and are ordered liquidated.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Four Arrests in Miami for PIP Fraud

    5/14/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of four individuals including, Maria Campos, Isabella Mendez, Madison Martinez, and Krystal Arbona for their role in an alleged Personal Injury Protection (PIP) fraud scheme. The four allegedly had the intention to defraud United Auto Insurance Company, Responsive Insurance, and Infinity Automobile Insurance Company, by exploiting the PIP benefits associated with their auto policies for financial gain.
  • CFO Patronis Deploys Anti-Fraud Strike Team to Panhandle Following Severe Weather

    5/11/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis activated his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) which has been deployed to Leon and Gadsden Counties to protect Floridians from storm-related fraud following recent tornados and severe weather. CFO Patronis’ anti-fraud teams work to educate and inform the public on signs of post-storm fraud and ensure contractors are following Florida workers’ compensation law while conducting repairs.
  • CFO Patronis Provides Recovery Resources Following Severe Weather in Florida Panhandle, Big Bend

    5/10/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis provided recovery resources as severe weather impacted the Florida Panhandle, the Big Bend, and Northeast Florida with tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and localized flooding. Floridians are encouraged to document any damage and be on the lookout for fraud and scams as they work to recover. Visit PrepareFL.com for recovery tips and resources.
  • **PHOTO & B-ROLL RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida is Putting Policyholders First

    5/9/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis led a Keeping Policyholder First Insurance Roundtable in Coral Gables with state legislators as well as business and community leaders to highlight the successes made to improve Florida’s property insurance market. CFO Patronis also provided an update on the My Safe Florida Home Program and recent improvements to better support seniors and low-income homeowners. During the roundtable, the CFO urged policyholders to take advantage of home hardening initiatives and asked consumers suspicious of fraud to report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.
  • CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Suspicious Fire? Report it Now!

    5/7/2024
    Today, in recognition of National Arson Awareness Week, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis calls on all Floridians to be on the lookout and provide tips on any suspicious activity of potential bad actors who attempt to commit arson-related crimes. Since taking office in 2017, the CFO’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations has arrested more than 1,600 individuals for arson related crimes in Florida.
  • CFO Patronis to President Trump: Claim Your $54K in Unclaimed Property

    5/7/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following letter to former President Donald J. Trump, informing him of unclaimed property held by the State of Florida that is waiting to be claimed by President Trump, a member of his family, or the Trump organization. Unclaimed property is a financial asset that is unknown or lost or has been left inactive, unclaimed, or abandoned by its owner. The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, stocks, dividends, uncashed checks, deposits, credit balances, and refunds. Unclaimed property also includes contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes in financial institutions. Unclaimed property assets are held by business or government entities (holders) for a set period of time, usually five years. If the holder is unable to locate, re-establish contact with the owner, and return the asset, it is reported and remitted to the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Unclaimed Property. To search for unclaimed property or to claim an account, go online to FLTreasureHunt.gov.
  • **B-ROLL AND PHOTO RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis Honors Former State Comptroller Bob Milligan

    5/6/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis gave remarks at the Florida Capitol during a ceremony unveiling the Bob Milligan Conference Room in the CFO’s Office. Bob Milligan served as Florida Comptroller from January 3, 1995 to January 7, 2003, and honorably served 35-years in the U.S. Marines, ultimately being promoted and retiring as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. In 1998, General Milligan was responsible for offering a plan to the Constitutional Revision Commission to combine the state Treasurer and Comptroller into one State Cabinet position - the Chief Financial Officer.
  • CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Deploys Aid to Texas

    5/3/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis announced that the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS), Division of State Fire Marshal is deploying 43 members of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force 5 from Jacksonville to the State of Texas where severe flooding has caused life-threatening conditions in the Houston region. Additional emergency personnel are also being deployed by DFS to provide logistical needs.
  • CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Recognizes International Firefighters’ Day and National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

    5/3/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis issued two proclamations recognizing May 4, 2024 as International Firefighters’ Day and May 5, 2024 as National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. National Firefighter’s Day highlights the duty and bravery of firefighters around the country who put their lives on the line to protect life and property. National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day honors firefighters and emergency services personnel who have sacrificed their lives to save others.
  • CFO Patronis Applauds Gov. DeSantis on Signing of Consumer Protection Bill

    5/3/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis applauded Governor Ron DeSantis for signing HB 939, a Consumer Protection Bill. Among other provisions, this legislation mandates cash-app companies like Venmo, PayPal and Zelle create protections so users are not unfairly taxed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for transactions that are unrelated to goods-or-services. The legislation also creates a 10-day recission period during declared disasters where policyholders can get out of bad roofing contracts.
  • **PHOTO RELEASE** CFO Patronis Applauds Gov. DeSantis on the Signing of DFS Agency Bill

    5/2/2024
    Today, at a press conference in Jacksonville, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis joined Governor Ron DeSantis for the signing of House Bill 989, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Agency Bill. Among many provisions, this legislation creates the Florida Taxpayer Advocate and bolsters the services provided by the Division of Insurance Consumer Services to support consumers. This legislation also create rules and regulations to prevent fires caused by lithium-ion batteries commonly found in electronic vehicles (EVs) such as scooters, hoverboards, golf carts, and battery-powered cars and designates cryptocurrency as unclaimed property. Lastly, this bill rebrands the fraud and arson investigations unit of the Department from the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) to the newly named Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Returns More than $34 Million in Unclaimed Property in April

    5/1/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $34 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of April. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, nearly $2.4 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Florida citizens.
  • **CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Beware of the Pitfalls of Solar Panels, Added Insurance Costs

    5/1/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis warned Floridians on the potential increase in property insurance premiums and other pitfalls when purchasing solar panels and having them installed on the roof of their home or business. Several states have seen a massive increase in residential solar panel installation, growing by 1,106% in the last five years, with many offering incentives for these installations. However, there are potential hazards to these installations, such as compromised roof integrity, an increase in homeowners insurance, and a difficulty in finding property insurance coverage.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Sixteen Arrests in Tampa in a Joint Workers’ Compensation Fraud Sting

    4/30/2024
    Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announces the arrest of 16 individuals in a workers’ compensation insurance fraud sting operation involving unlicensed contractors in Manatee County. The operation was in collaboration with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
  • **PHOTO & B-ROLL RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida is Putting Policyholders First

    4/25/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis led a Keeping Policyholder First Insurance Roundtable in Clearwater with state legislators as well as business and community leaders to highlight the successes made to improve Florida’s property insurance market.
  • CFO Calls on Fla. Congressional Delegation to Protect Florida’s Env. Permitting Capability

    4/24/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced he was issuing the following letter to the Florida Congressional delegation, encouraging their support of legislation authored by Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio, along with efforts by Representative Aaron Bean, codifying the state’s ability to permit certain projects.
  • CFO Patronis Applauds Gov. DeSantis Signing of My Safe Florida Home Expansion

    4/24/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis applauded Governor Ron DeSantis for signing legislation to fund and improve the My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program. The successful MSFH program provides free home inspections and up to $10,000 in grants to allow Florida homeowners to strengthen their home against storms with home hardening products like impact resistant doors and windows, while cutting insurance costs through mandatory home mitigation discounts. Legislation signed into law today provides an additional $200 million in funding for the program. Since 2022, the program has successfully completed more than 104,000 free home inspections, approved more than 38,000 grant applications, and obligated nearly $390 million in home hardening grants. Since May of 2022, the state has invested more than $600 million in the My Safe Florida Home program to help Floridians harden their homes and reduce insurance costs.
  • CFO Patronis Calls on Senator Whitehouse to Be Transparent on Routing Taxpayer Money to Wife’s Company

    4/19/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis submitted a public records request to the Office of Congressman Sheldon Whitehouse related to the Rhode Island Senator’s recent interest in the solvency and stability of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (CITIZENS).
  • **CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Last Chance to Take Advantage of the Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption

    4/17/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to take advantage of the Florida Home Hardening Sales Tax Initiative before it ends on June 30, 2024. This initiative established a two-year sales tax exemption on the retail sales of items like impact-resistant windows, doors, and garage doors. Overall, the Florida Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption program has saved homeowners an estimated $462.6 million during the course of the exemption period.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Four Arrests in Miami Staged Accident Scheme

    4/15/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of four individuals, Abel Vera, Nancy Mercedes Pena, Yuniesky Betancourt, and Maura Perez in Miami-Dade County for allegedly staging an automobile accident and falsely documented the accident with police. The four had a goal of reporting the accident to the automobile insurance company, Kemper Insurance, to exploit the personal injury and protection (PIP) benefits associated with the auto policy for financial gain.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Hurricane Season is 50 Days Away, Prepare Now!

    4/12/2024
    With the start of the 2024 Hurricane Season just 50 days away, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis highlights “Prepare Florida,” a disaster preparedness initiative to encourage Floridians to prepare now before a hurricane makes landfall. CFO Patronis’ PrepareFL.com website serves as a one-stop-shop for disaster preparedness information and resources to help Floridians ensure they are prepared to weather the next storm.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Know Your Rights as a Taxpayer this Tax Day

    4/12/2024
    Ahead of Tax Day on Monday, April 15, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is highlighting taxpayer rights and encouraging Floridians to understand resources available to them as taxpayers. Floridians are expected to pay billions in federal income taxes this year, and the CFO has made it his mission to hold the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accountable and provide information and resources for taxpayers.
  • CFO Patronis Applauds Gov. DeSantis for Signing Fentanyl Protections for First Responders

    4/9/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis applauded Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of Senate Bill 718, Exposures of First Responders to Fentanyl, by Senator Jay Collins and Representative Jessica Baker.
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Jewish News Syndicate: ‘We’re cutting them loose,’ chief Florida financial officer says of Morningstar

    4/8/2024
    Florida intends to cut its ties with Morningstar until the investment firm can prove it has rooted out anti-Israel bias in its investment ratings platforms, the state’s chief financial officer told JNS on Thursday.
  • **B-ROLL AND PHOTO RELEASE** CFO Patronis Assesses Hurricane Preparedness at US&R Florida Task Force 2 Training Center in Miami

    4/5/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis toured the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Florida Task Force 2 Training Center where he assessed hurricane preparedness and discussed the importance of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Returns More than $33 Million in Unclaimed Property in March

    4/3/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $33 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of March. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, nearly $2.4 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Florida citizens.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Statement on Visit to Eagle Pass, Texas

    4/2/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis released the following statement following his visit to the U.S. Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas. CFO Patronis assessed U.S. border security and support efforts by the Florida Guard, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Miami Arson Arrest

    3/25/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Miguel Reyes, Jr. in Miami-Dade County on charges of Burglary, Arson, and Throwing a Destructive Device. On March 22, 2024, Miguel Reyes and another suspect were caught on a surveillance recording system approaching a local barbershop, shattering the front glass windows, and throwing two ignited objects into the business causing a large commercial fire. The additional suspect is still at large.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida Treasury Purchases Additional $50 Million in Israel Bonds

    3/19/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the Florida Treasury has invested an additional $50 million in Israel bonds. Following the terror attacks on October 7th, CFO Patronis announced that the Florida Treasury was investing $120 million in Israel Bonds, bringing Florida’s total investment in Israel bonds to $200 million, the largest total ever held at one time by the Florida Treasury. With this additional purchase, the Florida State Treasury now holds a total of $250 million in Israel Bonds. In doing so, the state aims to diversify their investment portfolio as part of a long-range investment strategy that has generated approximately $9.4 million in interest from these investments.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Find Your Lost “Gold” this St. Patrick’s Day by Searching FLTreasureHunt.gov

    3/14/2024
    This St. Patrick’s Day, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is opening the vault and looking for Floridians with “St. Patrick’s Day-themed names” and urging them to search Florida’s Unclaimed Property database. Currently, Florida has more than $28 million in unclaimed property for Floridians with names including words like Green, Lucky, Gold and more. Additionally, since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, more than $2.3 billion has been returned to Floridians in unclaimed property.
  • ICYMI: Sunshine State Buzz Opinion: As States Face Looming Insurance Crisis, Florida Has Answers

    3/14/2024
    Sunshine State Buzz Opinion: As States Face Looming Insurance Crisis, Florida Has Answers
  • ICYMI: WKMG (Orlando) – Florida to Create Tax Advocate

    3/13/2024
    WKMG (Orlando) – Florida to Create Tax Advocate
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Highlights “Florida Fights for Freedom” Legislative Victories

    3/8/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis highlighted his 2024 ‘Florida Fights for Freedom’ Legislative Victories including the creation of the Florida Tax Advocate to fight against IRS overreach, protections for first responders from the dangers of Electric Vehicle (EV) fires and enhanced cancer benefits, and millions of dollars in funding to keep Florida’s policyholders first.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Issues Proclamation Recognizing March as Fraud Prevention Month

    3/7/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a proclamation recognizing the month of March as Fraud Prevention Month. Since 2017, CFO Patronis has made it a top priority to protect consumers from fraud by launching the Fraud Free Florida initiative and standing up additional fraud investigative task forces throughout the state. If you or someone you know is suspicious of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Issues Proclamation Recognizing National Consumer Protection Week

    3/6/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a proclamation recognizing the week of March 3rd through March 9th, 2024 as National Consumer Protection Week. Since 2017, CFO Patronis has made it a top priority to protect consumers from fraud by launching the Fraud Free Florida initiative and standing up additional fraud investigative task forces throughout the state. If you or someone you know is suspicious of fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.
  • CFO Patronis Statement on Passage of Consumer Protection Bill

    3/4/2024
    Today, Florida (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement following the passage of HB 939, a Consumer Protection Bill by Representative Griff Griffitts, off the House Floor.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Applauds Passage of DFS Agency Bill from Florida House

    3/1/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis applauded the unanimous passage of House Bill 989 today from the Florida House of Representatives. As a part of his 2024 ‘Florida Fights for Freedom’ Legislative priorities, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Agency Bill helps Floridians fight back against the IRS by creating the Florida Taxpayer Advocate, protects first responders from the dangers of Electric Vehicle (EV) fires, and supports Florida’s policyholders when complex insurance issues arise.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Returns More than $44 Million in Unclaimed Property in February

    3/1/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $44 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of February. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, more than $2.3 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Florida citizens.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis to NY Businesses: Escape the Empire State and Relocate to the Sunshine State

    2/29/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to 23 New York businesses to encourage them to relocate to the Sunshine State. Following the ruling against Donald Trump, the state of New York is looking at the possibility of freezing the Trump organization’s assets. The CFO is encouraging businesses to start having conversations with their partners on whether they will be able to succeed in a state like New York who shakes down job creators and let’s criminals run free in the streets. In 2022, more than 91,000 New Yorkers moved to Florida.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest in Miami Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud Scheme

    2/28/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Gustavo Antonio Munguia for Workers’ Compensation Premium Fraud and Grand Theft. Munguia, the owner of American Iron Group Corp was actively concealing his payroll to avoid paying a higher workers' compensation premium. According to Travelers Property and Casualty Company of America, had the additional payroll been reported, American Iron Group Corp would have been assessed approximately $253,000 in additional premium charges.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Endorses Elon Musk for Nobel Peace Prize

    2/23/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to the Nobel Foundation endorsing Elon Musk for the Nobel Peace Prize. Musk was recently nominated for the prize by a Norwegian lawmaker for his defense of free speech and increasing knowledge of Earth and space.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Highlights Success of My Safe Florida Home Program in Palm Beach County

    2/21/2024
    Today, at a press conference in Lake Worth, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis highlighted the success of the My Safe Florida Home program and efforts to refund the initiative during the 2024 Legislative Session.
  • **BROLL AND PHOTO RELEASE** CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Celebrates Florida Fire Service Day at the Florida Capitol

    2/15/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis gave remarks during the Florida Fire Service Day at the Florida Capitol. Florida Fire Service Day is an opportunity for the public to learn about the unique and varied services of the Florida fire service and featured fire departments and fire service organizations from across the state.
  • CFO Patronis Legislative Update for February 14, 2024

    2/14/2024
    CFO Patronis Legislative Update for February 14, 2024
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Find “Love” this Valentine’s Day by Searching FLTreasureHunt.gov

    2/13/2024
    This Valentine’s Day, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is playing Cupid and looking for Floridians with “Valentine’s-themed names” and urging them to search Florida’s Unclaimed Property database.
  • **PHOTO RELEASE** CFO Patronis: Funeral Home Reforms Vital to Serving Floridians in Greatest Time of Need

    2/13/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis testified in support of Senate Bill 1098 during the Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government. Among other provisions, the bill creates vital reforms to Florida’s funeral industry to give the Department of financial Services (DFS) greater emergency authority and oversight over funeral homes and pre-need contracts following the recent investigation into the abandoned Marion Graham Mortuary in Jacksonville. Watch the CFO’s remarks on The Florida Channel, click HERE.
  • CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Don’t Let Your Superbowl Party Go Up in Flames

    2/8/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis shared important fire safety information to ensure Floridians enjoy Superbowl LVIII this weekend. The CFO encourages football fans to keep a fire extinguisher nearby when grilling out and keep an eye on children while in the kitchen.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Issues Statement on Senate Passage of My Safe Florida Home Legislation

    2/8/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 7028 yesterday.
  • CFO Patronis Legislative Update for February 6, 2024

    2/6/2024
    CFO Patronis Legislative Update for February 6, 2024
  • CFO Patronis Legislative Update for February 5, 2024

    2/5/2024
    CFO Patronis Legislative Update for February 5, 2024
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest in Miami Insurance Fraud Scheme

    2/5/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of William Diehl for allegedly impersonating an insurance agent and defrauding consumers purchasing auto insurance. Diehl, while not licensed as an insurance agent, sold multiple fraudulent and non-existing automobile insurance policies to several unsuspecting victims, many of whom may still be unaware they are driving without auto insurance. In total, Diehl allegedly defrauded consumers of more than $29,000.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Urges Floridians to Take Advantage of the Florida Prepaid College Program

    2/2/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement urging Floridians to start saving now for your child’s future by enrolling in a Florida Prepaid College Plan. A college degree is a major investment and with student loan debt at $1.7 trillion nationwide, pre-planning for the cost of college is not only vital to your student’s academic success, but future financial success as well. During the Open Enrollment period from February 1 and April 30, 2024, Prepaid Plan prices have been reduced up to 25%, now starting at just $34 a month for newborns. To learn more and take advantage of the lowest Prepaid Plan prices in ten years, visit MyFloridaPrepaid.com today.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Returns More than $32 Million in Unclaimed Property in January

    2/1/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $32 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of January. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, more than $2.3 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Florida citizens.
  • DFS Secures Felony Arrest Warrant for Jacksonville Funeral Home Director

    1/31/2024
    Today, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) secured an arrest warrant for Elliot Maurice Graham, Funeral Director of Marion Graham Mortuaries in Jacksonville, Florida. The arrest warrant was issued by the 4th Judicial Circuit Court following the execution of a search warrant by DFS on mortuary premises. Graham faces multiple charges, including one felony count of Grand Theft and one misdemeanor count of Improper Preservation of a Human Body.
  • **CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis Warns Floridians to Beware of Feds Acquiring Personal Information

    1/31/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is warning Floridians to beware of the federal government’s activities of acquiring personal transactions of consumers’ information from financial institutions. This comes as recent reports state federal agencies are asking financial institutions, like banks, credit card companies and cash-apps to search and flag Americans’ transactions if they used terms like “MAGA” or “Trump” or if they made certain purchases at retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabela’s, or Bass Pro Shops.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Gives Remarks at Cheney Brothers Grand Opening in Port St. Lucie

    1/30/2024
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis gave remarks at the grand opening of the new Cheney Brothers location in Port St. Lucie. Cheney Brothers is one of the fastest growing food distribution companies in the United States. The new facility in Port St. Lucie has created 260 new jobs.
  • **CONSUMER ALERT** CFO Jimmy Patronis: Protect Yourself from Tax Scams

    1/30/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis provided tips to protect Floridians from tax related fraud and scams as the federal tax preparation season begins.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Miami-Dade Workers’ Compensation Fraud Arrest

    1/29/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Angel Santos Tzunun for worker’s compensation fraud for allegedly concealing payroll to avoid paying a higher worker’s compensation premium. Fraud detectives determined that Tzunun concealed more than $2 million in labor costs from contractors and avoided more than $100,000 in workers’ compensation premiums on two separate insurance policies.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Two Arrests for Workers’ Compensation Fraud in Miami-Dade County

    1/26/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Juana Ledezma and Luis Ledezma for Workers’ Compensation Premium Fraud and Grand Theft for allegedly concealing payroll to avoid paying a higher workers compensation premium. An investigation revealed that during the policy period, the Ledezmas would have been assessed an additional $127,660.00 in premium charges.
  • CFO Patronis Legislative Update for January 25, 2024

    1/25/2024
    House Bill 989 (Representative LaMarca) – Department of Financial Services. This legislation creates the Florida Tax Advocate within the Department of Financial Services to assist Floridians with IRS related issues and complaints. It also renames the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services to the Division of Criminal Investigations. This bill also authorizes the State Fire Marshal’s office, which the CFO oversees, to create rules and regulations to prevent fires caused by lithium-ion batteries commonly found in electronic vehicles (EVs) such as scooters, hoverboards, golf carts, and battery-powered cars.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Recognizes NASA Day of Remembrance

    1/25/2024
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement recognizing Thursday, January 25, 2024, as NASA Day of Remembrance and honoring the brave men and women of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia who lost their lives in the effort to expand America’s influence in space. This year will also mark the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 1 tragedy and the fifth anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Space Force.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida is Fighting Back Against Feds for Flagging Americans on Political Beliefs

    1/25/2024
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement following reports that federal agencies are asking financial institutions to search and flag Americans transactions if they used terms like “MAGA” or “Trump” or shopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabela’s or Bass Pro. The CFO is working with Legislators to propose new legislation to fight back against this federal overreach. To view the CFO’s thread on X, click HERE.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces 2024 “Florida Fights for Freedom” Legislative Priorities

    1/23/2024
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced his 2024 ‘Florida Fights for Freedom’ Legislative priorities. Among the CFO’s priorities are fighting back against the IRS, protecting first responders from the dangers of EV fires, supporting policyholders, safeguarding cryptocurrency assets, and barring state agencies from contracting with censorship companies like NewsGuard.
  • **BROLL & PHOTO RELEASE** CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Hosts Ringing of the Bell Ceremony to Honor Fallen Firefighters

    1/23/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis hosted the ‘Ringing of the Bell’ ceremony to honor Florida’s fallen firefighters. During the ceremony, 16 fallen firefighters were honored as their names were inscribed on the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial in The Florida Capitol Courtyard. The CFO was joined by families of the fallen firefighters, Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson, Florida Legislators, local elected officials, and members of the Florida fire service community.
  • CFO Patronis Announces Filing of Florida Freedom Fighters Fund

    1/22/2024
    Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the filing of SB 1740 by Senator Ileana Garcia, which creates the Florida Freedom Fighters Fund. The fund would provide up to $5 million in financial support to Florida residents running for President who face legal, partisan, political attacks by the Department of Justice or State Attorneys.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida is Prepared to De-Bank Woke Banks

    1/19/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that 117 banks in Florida signed the attestation agreeing not to politically discriminate, thereby designating as Qualified Public Depositories (QPD), which are banks who are legally allowed to accept public dollars which include state or local government funds. This follows the signing of House Bill 3 into law last year which works to prevent the qualification of a bank as a QPD, if they are engaged in any “unsafe and unsound practices” of canceling its services based on personal beliefs whether it be political, religious or any other factor that shows impartiality. QPDs will have to certify that they are in total compliance with the requirements of the bill. To view a full listing of QPDs, click HERE. Additionally, to submit a complaint, click HERE.
  • CFO Patronis Legislative Update for January 18, 2024

    1/18/2024
    CFO Patronis Legislative Update for January 18, 2024
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Supports Career and Technical Education Legislation

    1/18/2024
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement in support of Senate Bill 460 by Senator Corey Simon. This legislation among many things would recruit students to trades, such as construction and would lower the age requirements for those who wish to work in construction-type jobs. The Bill was reported favorable by the Florida Senate’s Pre-K-12 Education committee on Wednesday.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: DFS Insurance Specialists On-Hand at DRC in Bay County

    1/17/2024
    Following the impacts of the powerful storm and tornados that hit the Florida Panhandle last week, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is urging Bay County residents to visit the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) where consumers can connect with team members from the DFS Division of Consumer Services and receive assistance on their insurance claims. Storm victims can find additional resources at PrepareFL.com which serves as a one-stop-shop for disaster information and resources to help Floridians recover quickly following a storm. CFO Patronis is also warning consumers to beware of contractors asking for cash for repairs and always require contractors to show proof of insurance prior to beginning the job.
  • CFO Patronis Legislative Update for January 16, 2024

    1/16/2024
    CFO Patronis Legislative Update for January 16, 2024
  • **CONSUMER ALERT** CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Beware of Dyson Vacuum Replacement Batteries

    1/10/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is warning consumers to beware of purchasing Amazon’s lithium-ion replacement battery packs for Dyson vacuum cleaners. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zautnkn.Inc lithium-ion replacement battery packs, which are sold on Amazon, pose a risk of fire to consumers. The ZAUTNKN.INC batteries are not a Dyson or Dyson-authorized product and there has been reports of three fires associated with these batteries. A few weeks ago, the CFO announced the filing of a priority bill, House Bill 989 and Senate Bill 1098, which establishes safety standards to prevent lithium-ion battery fires and other issues with energy storage systems.
  • **PHOTO AND B-ROLL RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis Transcript on Severe Weather Event

    1/9/2024
    Today, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis traveled to Panama City to survey damage from the severe weather event and help coordinate response efforts. The CFO participated in a press conference with Bay County officials where they discussed post-storm damage. The following is a transcript of his remarks.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Urges Floridians to Follow Generator Safety Tips

    1/9/2024
    Today, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis reminds Floridians of the importance of using gas-powered generators safely during and after the severe weather event that’s making its way across the Florida Panhandle.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Urges Floridians to Make Preparations for Severe Weather Event

    1/8/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is urging Floridians to make preparations to homes and property ahead of the severe weather event that is expected to bring damaging winds, possible tornadoes and coastal flooding to the Florida Panhandle, Nature Coast and Northeast Florida, starting as early as tonight. Floridians are encouraged to follow the tips below and visit PrepareFL.com to plan accordingly for the impending storm.
  • CFO Patronis Announces Bill to Help Provide Tax Relief to Small Business

    1/5/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced his support of the filing of Senate Bill 1030 and House Bill 1001 that will provide counties with the authority to provide tax breaks for small local businesses by allowing local governments to forgo the collection of their business rent taxes. The proposed legislation would give small businesses additional tax relief and allow local governments to exercise better fiscal responsibility of taxpayer dollars.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Returns More than $33 Million in Unclaimed Property in December

    1/5/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that more than $33 million in unclaimed property was returned to Floridians during the month of December. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, more than $2.2 billion in unclaimed property has been returned to Florida citizens.
  • CFO Jimmy Patronis: Take Advantage of the 2024 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

    1/3/2024
    Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is urging Floridians to take advantage of the 2023-2024 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, which began Monday, January 1, 2024, and ends on Sunday, January 14, 2024.