Robert S. Goldman

Robert S. Goldman

Dean Mead
215 S. Monroe Street
Suite 815
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Direct Work Phone: 850-270-5522
FAX: 850-577-0095

Professional Experience:

Over 35 years of practice in state and local taxation, including audits, protests, litigation, rulemaking, tax planning, and legislation. All major state and local taxes (sales taxes, property taxes, corporate income taxes, communications service taxes, gross receipts taxes, insurance premium taxes, documentary stamp taxes), and diverse industries including retail, manufacturing, energy, leasing, hospitality, telecommunications, government contracting, entertainment, health care, transportation, and the service sector. A principal author of Florida’s telecommunications 2000 tax reform legislation; Co-author of 2000 legislation revising the burden of proof and other procedural aspects of ad valorem cases.

Practice Focus:

State and local taxation.


B.A.E. Georgia Tech; Juris Doctor, Florida State University College of Law.


• After a Long Montana Winter, a Chill Remains: Pacificorp v. Department of Revenue, IPT Sales Tax Report, 2011
• Market Sourcing for Intangibles and Services: Recent Developments at the Multistate Tax Commission and in the State of California, IPT Income Tax Report, 2010
• A Question of Balance: Ending Florida’s Long Struggle with the Property Tax Remedy, IPT Property Tax Report, July 2009
• Another Clever Idea from Florida: Swapping Property Taxes for ... What?, IPT, June 2008
• The Florida Property Appraiser’s Perpetual Presumption of Correctness, IPT Property Tax Report, April 2002
• A Tax on Services Does Not Belong in the Constitution, Special Report, Florida TaxWatch, February 2002
• “Refund” is a Four Letter Word in Florida, IPT Sales Tax Report, February 2002
• Repeating the Sins of the Past: Florida Again Considers Taxation of Services, IPT Sales Tax Report, February 2002
• Florida Court Upholds Property Tax Treatment of Software as Intangible Personal Property, IPT Property Tax Report, 2000
• Tokai Financial and the Florida Tax Appraisal Treatment of Transaction Costs, IPT Property Tax Report, 2000
• The Property Tax Burden of Proof: A Call for Change, Ideas in Action, Florida TaxWatch, April 1996

Professional and Community Activities:

Gubernatorial appointment to Florida Telecommunications Taxation Task Force, to develop recommendations for modernizing the State’s tax treatment of telecommunications; Steering Committee of National Tax Association Communications and Electronic Commerce Tax Project, a national study of the issues associated with the tax treatment of E-commerce; member, ABA and Florida Bar Tax Sections; First Vice President, Institute for Professionals in Taxation (2016-17); Instructor, IPT Sales Tax and Income Tax Schools; President, Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association (2007-8). Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award (2010); Best Lawyers in America’s Tallahassee’s “Lawyer of the Year” in State and Local Tax (2014); Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite; Florida Super Lawyers magazine; Martindale Hubbell, Preeminent AV Rating.

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