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Guidelines for State Sales Tax Refunds in Natural Disasters;

Comprehensive Information, Forms and Instructions On-Line

November 9, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Vincent Caire, LDR
225-219-4084


Guidelines for State Sales Tax Refunds in Natural Disasters;
Comprehensive Information, Forms and Instructions On-Line

Louisiana residents located within one of the designated hurricane disaster area parishes who have lost personal property that is not reimbursable by insurance coverage may apply for a refund on the Louisiana state sales tax paid on destroyed property. The refund is authorized by La. R.S. 47:315.1. Specific consumer guidelines pertaining to the refund can be found by visiting the LDR website www.revenue.louisiana.gov and accessing the “Hot Topics” link located on the bottom left corner of the website’s Publications section.

The “Hot Topic” link, “Louisiana taxpayers may be eligible for state sales tax refunds on uninsured personal property” opens LDR’s Natural Disaster Refund Guidelines text.

LDR Secretary Cynthia Bridges stresses careful reading of the guidelines. “As stated in the text, the refund applies only to state sales tax paid on the original acquisition of destroyed property and not on the replacement property. If the destroyed property was purchased in another state or was acquired as a gift, a refund cannot be issued. These and other instructions are available in the guideline text.”

Information and instructions for initiating claims as well as the claim forms themselves accompany the guidelines. Assistance through the LDR regional offices is also available for additional clarification.

The LDR Regional Office telephone numbers are as follows-

Alexandria- 318-487-5333, Baton Rouge- 225-922-2300,
Lafayette- 337-262-5455, Lake Charles- 337-491-2504,
Monroe- 318-362-3151, Shreveport- 318-676-7505,
Thibodaux- 985-447-0976, LDR Headquarters- 225-219-7318.
The New Orleans regional office remains closed at this time.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s mission is to administer the applicable tax laws of the state of Louisiana as well as regulations concerning alcohol, tobacco and charitable gaming.