Conference to feature tax cap panel January 27, 2016

MIASF’s successful legislative initiative in 2015 was the passage of the new refit sales tax cap of $60,000 in Florida. The new law reduces the tax burden on owners and positions Florida to attract even more large refit opportunities to the region. What does your boatyard need to include in its contract language to ensure customers are covered under this new tax cap? And how can you use the new law to leverage more work and attract new customers to your yard?

Answering those questions will be the focus of a special seminar on January 29 at 8:30 a.m. during the Refit International Exhibition & Conference. The conference runs from January 28-29 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The trade show and technical seminar series, which focuses on improving yacht refits, targets every stakeholder in the comprehensive refit process — captains, owners, boatyard professionals, project managers, surveyors, designers and stylists. It is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine.

The sales tax panel, which will be moderated by MIASF Executive Director Phil Purcell, will feature:

  • Teye Reeves, a lobbyist with Floridian Partners who helped get the cap passed
  • James Brewer, business development manager at Derecktor Florida, project manager
  • Parker Stockdale, build manager for Project Anodyne
  • Karen Lake, a tax specialist with Berkowitz Pollack Brant

These experienced speakers can help you learn more about this new opportunity for your yard. And for out-of-state refit professionals, these speakers will offer insight into how to bring about similar tax caps in other states. Coffee and pastries will be served at this pre-show event. Register at MIASF will also have a booth at the show – make sure to stop by and say hello! Learn more at

The show runs at the same time at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference, which runs from Jan. 27-29 at the Broward County Convention Center.

IMBC is geared toward marina and boatyard owners, operators, and managers as well as dock masters, harbormasters, boat builders and repairers, and industry consultants. IMBC is where dedicated marine professionals gather to exchange information, talk about the future of the industry, explore new methods and techniques, receive updates on revised standards and established rules, and discover new products. The conference is produced by the Association of Marina Industries. Learn more at

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