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2015 Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday: September 4-6...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – The 2015 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday will take place Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6.  During that time, guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies will be exempt from state and local sales taxes.

The sales tax holiday applies to individual consumer purchases of a wide range of hunting gear. Eligible hunting supplies include:

·         Firearms that may be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana

·         Ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm

·         Archery supplies to be used for hunting

·         Apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear manufactured and marketed as being primarily for wear or use while hunting

·         Off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting; the exemption does not apply to golf carts, go-carts, dirt bikes, mini-bikes, motorcycles, tractors, motor vehicles which may be legally driven on the streets and highways of Louisiana, or heavy equipment such as cranes, forklifts, backhoes and bulldozers

By state law, the Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday is an annual event that takes place the first consecutive Friday through Sunday each September.

Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/secondamendment for more information, including the full list of eligible purchases, as well as those that do not qualify for the sales tax exemption.

Baton Rouge tax preparer arrested second time on new set of fraud charges...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge tax preparer on bail from a 2013 arrest is back in custody facing multiple felony counts for tax fraud, the Louisiana Department of Revenue announced Tuesday.

Chandris Ferguson (Booking Photo), of 12457 Lockhaven Avenue in Baton Rouge, is accused of filing falsified state income tax returns that resulted in her clients receiving larger tax refunds than they would have received otherwise. The amount of fraudulent refunds in this case is $63,686.

Investigators say Ferguson, owner of The Best Tax Services in Baton Rouge, filed returns claiming fabricated business losses for clients who had sustained no losses, and in many cases were not business owners. And she is accused of instructing her clients to ignore official notices from the Department of Revenue seeking to verify the business information on their tax returns.

Ferguson was arrested in 2013 on similar fraud charges related to her work at The Best Tax Services. Fabricating business losses is a technique used frequently by unscrupulous tax preparers to guarantee their clients larger refunds than they would receive otherwise.

In the current case, Ferguson faces ten counts of computer fraud, ten counts of filing or maintaining false public records, and five counts of obstruction of justice. She was arrested on Monday, August 10 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. It is the 46th arrest under a joint anti-fraud initiative of the Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office. 

Most retail purchases exempt from state sales tax August 7 & 8...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – Families getting ready to send their kids back to school can save money during the 2015 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8. During these two days, most retail purchases are exempt from the four percent state sales tax.

Conditions

The sales tax holiday exempts the first $2500 of the purchase price of each eligible item when the customer:

·         Buys and accepts delivery of eligible property;

·         Places property on layaway;

·         Acquires property that was previously placed on layaway; or

·         Places an order for immediate delivery, even if the delivery must be delayed, provided the customer has not requested delayed delivery

The sales tax holiday applies only to the four percent state sales tax. Local sales taxes apply to purchases unless the local taxing authority creates its own exemption.

Exceptions

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

·         Vehicles subject to title and license

·         Meals prepared for consumption on premises or to-go; and

·         Taxable services such as hotel occupancy, laundry services, printing services, telecommunication services, the furnishing of cold storage space, leases or rentals of tangible personal property, repairs to tangible personal property, and admission to athletic, amusement, or recreational facilities or events

Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxholiday for a full explanation of conditions of the 2015 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday.

Back-to-School Tax Deductions

The Louisiana Department of Revenue reminds shoppers to retain receipts for back-to-school items such as supplies, uniforms, and equipment required by schools. These purchases may qualify for tax deductions on 2015 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns due May 15, 2016. The deductions apply to educational expenses for public, private, parochial, and home schools. To claim the deductions, you must be able to claim the student as a dependent on your state individual income tax return, and you must be able to provide documentation for the expenses.

For more information about the Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deductions, visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/schooldeduction

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