Russell Hale

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Russ Hale brings over 30 years of experience to his corporate, banking, and tax practices. His national state and local tax practice focuses on sales and use tax, transaction and stamp taxes, real estate transfer taxes, mortgage taxes, ad valorem taxes, and communications services taxes. Ranked in Chambers USA, he is noted for being a “very well regarded” state and local tax expert. In his corporate practice, he assists clients with issues relating to business formation, reorganization, financing, acquisitions, sales, contracting, compliance, succession, and taxation. His banking practice includes issues related to Florida banking, trust banking, bank regulatory, and governmental affairs.



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Notable Changes to Florida Tax Law

The Florida legislature recently wrapped up its 2019 session. Of particular note, the following tax law changes were enacted. Documentary Stamp Tax – Deeds between Spouses Florida imposes a surtax – referred to as the “documentary stamp tax” – on real estate deeds based upon the consideration paid for the transfer. Mortgage indebtedness on the … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Affirms Transfer Tax on Entity Control Change

California allows cities and counties to impose a tax on certain real estate transfers at a rate of 0.11 percent of the sales price. Los Angeles County enacted an ordinance to impose the tax on transfers within the county. Recently, the county took the position that a change of control of an entity holding real property in … Continue Reading