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Protect tax records and financial documents from weather-related threats...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – To mark National Preparedness Month, the Louisiana Department of Revenue encourages taxpayers to protect their tax records and other financial documents from flood damage and other weather-related threats.


“A few simple steps can help to minimize hardship and confusion in the aftermath of a storm,” Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson said. “There is no substitute for being prepared.”


Keep documents secure

Paper records are especially vulnerable to water damage. Protect these documents by placing them in airtight plastic containers or zip closure bags, and moving them out of harm’s way.

Use paperless media & cloud storage

Bank statements and other financial documents are available as electronic records from your financial institution. Preserve these records by saving them to portable memory drives or burning them to CDs. Store them in airtight containers.

Scan important records such as tax returns, W-2s and payroll records into an electronic format. Many commercially available home printers include scanning features.

Web-based email services offer account holders free online data storage. You can upload electronic records to cloud storage from your home or business computer and retrieve them later from any device with internet access. This can be helpful if you are evacuated.

Document valuables & business equipment

Compile a room-by-room list of your belongings or business equipment. Photograph or videotape the contents of your home or business, especially items of high value. Having a visual record of your valuables can provide proof for an insurance claim, and can help to verify a loss claim on state and federal tax returns.

Get a Game Plan


If you have to leave your home to escape severe weather, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommends you bring the following documents with you in a portable, waterproof container:


  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds and copies of recent tax returns

Following a disaster, the Department of Revenue will provide information on potential tax deductions or credits, filing extensions and other tax-related relief. Bookmark on your computer or save it to the home screen of your mobile device. Follow @larevenue on Twitter for real-time updates.



Louisiana Department of Revenue resumes full customer service operations at New Orleans Office...Continue Reading


NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans office of the Louisiana Department of Revenue has resumed full customer service operations five days a week for individual and business taxpayers, the department announced Tuesday.


“We recognize that reducing operations to one-day-a-week-by-appointment-only several years ago left a void for taxpayers in the New Orleans area,” Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson said. “With the stabilization of our budget under the Edwards administration, we are able to resume the level of customer service that New Orleans-area taxpayers need and deserve.”


The office is open for walk-in customer service Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services include:


·         Filing and paying business taxes

·         Submitting completed state individual income tax returns (staff cannot assist with the completion of tax returns)

·         Boat registrations

·         ATC/Video Poker/Lottery/Driver’s License/Wildlife & Fisheries tax clearances

·         Payment plans

·         Special events registrations

·         Resolving bank levies and wage garnishments


The office is located at:


Benson Towers

1450 Poydras Street, Suite 800

New Orleans, LA 70112


For more information, call 855.307.3893.


New state sales tax rate goes into effect July 1...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – Effective July 1, 2018, Louisiana’s overall state sales tax rate decreases from 5 percent to 4.45 percent. The new rate, enabled by House Bill 10 of the 2018 Third Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature, is to be levied upon the sale at retail, the use, the consumption, the distribution and the lease or rental of an item of tangible personal property; and upon the sale of services.


Any dealer that charges a 5 percent state sales tax rate on or after July 1, 2018, must remit the excess collected tax to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.


Also beginning July 1, 2018, a state sales tax rate of 2 percent is to be levied for the sale at retail, the use, the consumption, the distribution, and the storage to be used or consumed of steam, water, electric power or energy, natural gas, or other energy sources for non-residential use (“business utilities”).


The Louisiana Department of Revenue has issued Revenue Information Bulletin 18-016 to provide an explanation of the provisions of HB 10.



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