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Task force backs corporate tax constitutional amendment...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE - A task force reviewing state tax policy is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would alter Louisiana’s corporate tax structure.

The Nov. 8 ballot measure is Constitutional Amendment No. 3, which would eliminate a major corporate income tax deduction for federal taxes paid. Its passage would trigger implementation of a new law establishing a lower, flat corporate income tax rate. The current graduated state corporate income tax rate ranges from 4 to 8 percent. It would be replaced by a 6.5 percent across-the-board rate.

“The constitutional amendment, along with task force recommendations that will be released next week, will move Louisiana toward a more fair, simple and broad-based tax structure,” said Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Robinson, co-chair of the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy.


The proposed constitutional change would also decouple Louisiana’s tax base from federal tax changes, creating a more stable Louisiana tax structure, Robinson said.


The task force decided Wednesday to make its position on the ballot proposition known since early voting is underway.


Hunters get a break during 2nd Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday September 2-4...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – Hunters get a discount on the state sales tax when they shop for firearms and other hunting supplies during the 2016 Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4.


The legislature created the sales tax holiday in 2009 to exempt eligible purchases of guns, ammunition and hunting supplies from all state and local sales taxes. However, as amended during the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature, the state sales tax exemption for 2016 and 2017 is now two percent, meaning eligible purchases are subject to only three percent state sales tax instead of the full five percent. Eligible purchases remain fully exempt from all local sales taxes.


The sales tax holiday applies to a wide range of hunting supplies including guns, ammunition, hunting apparel and archery equipment. Read the full list of eligible items, exceptions and special provisions at



State sales tax refunds available for personal property destroyed in floods...Continue Reading


BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers can claim refunds for state sales taxes paid on personal property destroyed by a natural disaster in a parish declared a federal disaster area.


Refunds are available for property lost during storms and flooding that affected the state in March and August of 2016.


According to state law, eligible losses must meet the following criteria:


  • The loss was suffered by a Louisiana taxpayer on property used in or about the individual’s home, apartment, or homestead which is located in Louisiana; property owned by corporations, partnerships, or any type of business does not qualify for a sales tax refund
  • The destroyed property must have been movable at the time of its purchase and at the time of its destruction; examples are clothing, furniture, televisions, etc.; motor vehicles are not eligible
  • The taxpayer must have paid Louisiana state sales tax on the purchase of the destroyed property


Refunds are equal to the state sales tax paid on the original purchase of the destroyed property and not on the purchase of replacement property.


Refunds are issued for unreimbursed losses only. Losses reimbursed by insurance, disaster relief funds or any other source are not eligible.


The following parishes were declared federal disaster areas following severe storms and flooding in March 2016: Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.


The following parishes have been declared federal disaster areas following severe storms and flooding in August 2016: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermillion, Washington and West Feliciana. If additional parishes are declared federal disaster areas, they will receive the same relief.


For more information, including the process for claiming a sales tax refund for destroyed property, read Revenue Information Bulletin 16-049.



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