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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394

Office (954) 761-3700

Fax (954) 761-1004

8875 Hidden river PKWY, Suite 230

Tampa, FL 33637

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3500 Financial Plaza, Suite 330

Tallahassee, FL 32312

Office (850) 250-3830

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Gerald J. Donnini II, Esq.

Office Phone: (954) 642-9390
Office Fax: 954-761-1004

JerryDonnini@FloridaSalesTax.com

Gerald "Jerry" Donnini II is a partner of the Law Offices of Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A. Mr. Donnini concentrates in the area of Florida and Federal tax matters, with a heavy emphasis on the tobacco, convenience store and petroleum industries . He also handles a myriad of multi-state state and local tax issues. Mr. Donnini is a co-author for CCH’s Expert Treatise Library: State Sales and Us Tax and writes extensively on multi-state tax issues for SalesTaxSupport.com.

Mr. Donnini also regularly represents cigarette, beverage, and tobacco distributors against the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco in connection with refund claims and audit defense. While at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Mr. Donnini was the Notes and Comments Editor of Nova Law Review and Vice President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Prior to attending law school at Nova in 2008, Jerry was an accountant for National Retail Properties, Inc.

RECENT CASES

Brandy’s Products, Inc. v. Dep’t of Business & Professional Regulation, 188 So. 3d 130 (Fla. 1st DCA 2016) – blunt wraps not taxable in Florida. Oral Argument

Fla. Bee Dist., Inc. et. al. v. Dep’t of Business & Professional Regulation, Case Nos. 15-6108RU, 15-6148RU (Fla. DOAH Mar. 3, 2016) (holding the Department’s interpretation was an unadopted rule),

RYO Select LLC v. Dep’t of Business & Professional Regulation., Case No. 14-CA-3165 (Fla. 15th Cir. Ct. Mar. 3, 2016), appeal docketed, No. 4D16-1142 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016) (Federal excise tax not subject to Florida wholesale tobacco tax).

Good Times Pinellas LLC v. Dep’t of Business & Professional Regulation., Case No. 14-CA-1672 (Fla. 13th Cir. Ct. September 16, 2015) appeal docketed, No. 2D15-4622 (Fla 2d DCA 2015) (Federal excise tax not subject to Florida wholesale tobacco tax).

Planet Trading, Inc. v. Dep’t of Business & Professional Regulation Case No. 13-CA-13731, appeal docketed, No. 5D15-4128 (Fla. 5th DCA) (Federal excise tax not subject to Florida wholesale tobacco tax).

American Import Car Sales, Inc. v. Dep’t of Revenue, Co-Counsel, Case No. 14-3115 (Fla. DOAH April 17, 2015) (Department of incorrectly estimated tax on car dealer when adequate records were provided).

Education:

  • New York University School of Law, L.L.M., Taxation (2014)
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D., magna cum laude (2011)
  • University of Central Florida, B.B.A, Accounting (2007)

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • US Tax Court

Teaching and Speaking Engagements:

  • Strafford Publications, Cloud Computing Trends – Live Webinar, June 7, 2016
  • Florida Gulf Coast Alumni Chapter – Sales Tax & DOR’s Update– West Palm Beach, FL – May 2016
  • FICPA – Sales Tax Update – Taxpayers Dominate Agencies in 2015 - Fort Lauderdale FL – November 17, 2015
  • Florida Gulf Coast Alumni Chapter – Sales Tax Update - Reasons for Taxpayers to Be Thankful & The DOR’s Fowl Play - Miami, FL – November 16, 2016
  • Florida Gulf Coast Alumni Chapter – Florida Sales Tax Update - A Halloween Trick or Treat, West Palm Beach, FL – October 30, 2015
  • Florida Bar – Tax Section ­- Sales Tax—The American Way, Taxpayers Dominate Agencies in 2015 – July 3, 2015
  • Strafford Publications, Nexus Fundamentals for Sales & Use Tax Compliance – Live Webinar – Speaker June 9, 2015
  • Lorman Education - FL Sales and Use Tax – Speaker, Orlando, FL - October 17, 2014
  • National Business Institute - FL Sales and Use Tax – Speaker, Orlando, FL - June 20, 2014
  • Lorman Education - FL Sales and Use Tax - Orlando, FL – Speaker, October 17, 2014
  • FICPA, Panama City Chapter – Florida Sales & Use Tax, Current Issues - Speaker, Panama City, FL – August 19, 2014
  • Lorman Education - FL Sales and Use Tax - Tampa, FL – Speaker, August 1, 2014
  • National Business Institute - FL Sales and Use Tax – Speaker, Miami, FL - June 12, 2014
  • National Business Institute - FL Sales and Use Tax – Speaker, West Palm Beach, FL - June 13, 2014
  • Proformative (Avalara) – Sales Tax: Understanding the Current Legislative Landscape & Key Compliance Components – Live Webinar – Speaker – May 29, 2014
  • FICPA, Jacksonville Chapter – Florida Sales & Use Tax, Current Issues - Speaker, Jacksonville, FL – May 12, 2014
  • Lorman Education - FL Sales and Use Tax – Speaker, Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 30, 2014
  • FICPA, Broward County Chapter – An In-Depth Look at Sales Tax and Other Issues with Florida - Speaker, Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 21, 2014
  • Lorman Education - FL Sales and Use Tax - Orlando, FL - October 17, 2013
  • Lorman Education - FL Sales and Use Tax – Tampa, FL – August 22, 2013
  • Strafford Publications, Nexus Fundamentals for Sales & Use Tax Compliance – Live Webinar – SpeakerMay 8, 2013

Honors:

  • Highest Grade Awards – Wills and Trusts & Estate and Gift Tax
  • Merit Law Scholarship Recipient

Publications:

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • The Florida Bar - Tax Section, Business Law Section, and Young Lawyers Division
  • FICPA - State Tax Section
  • The Greater Fort Lauderdale Area Tax Council, President (2013 – 2016)
  • The Greater Fort Lauderdale Area Tax Council, Member (2010 – Present)
  • Broward County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (2011 – Present)
  • Nova Law Review
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity

Note: While Mr. Donnini's primary practice area is state and local tax law, he has not been board certified in tax by the Florida Bar.

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