Tax Fraud

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) is committed to the fair administration of the tax laws of this state. This means that every taxpayer should pay no more and no less than they owe the State of Louisiana. We recognize that most taxpayers are honest and seek to pay their fair share for the services they receive from the state. Unfortunately, we know individuals and businesses that work hard to avoid paying what they owe. This is fraud and it is illegal.

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is LDR’s primary criminal tax enforcement unit. Its function is to review alleged violations of the tax laws, to investigate those violations, and to recommend criminal prosecutions as warranted. CID also investigates alleged criminal violations and serious misconduct by LDR employees. In carrying out its role to identify willful noncompliance with the state's tax laws, the division relies on referrals from other divisions, as well as information from other governmental agencies and the public.

In the past, LDR has been successful in investigating tax fraud cases brought to our attention by concerned citizens. If you suspect a case of tax fraud, call us at 1-866-940-7053. The call is confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I file a tax fraud complaint?

Tax fraud is a crime that hurts all of us. Tax fraud decreases the revenue available to fund essential state and local services. These services include funds for police and fire departments, highway improvements, libraries, schools, parks, hospitals, courts and more. Plus, fraud hurts the honest business owner.

What information do we need?

Be as specific as possible. Include the who, what, how, where and when and as many details as possible in your complaint. Whenever possible please include:

  1. The suspected tax violation.

  2. Full name of the suspect.

  3. The period involved.

  4. Suspect's home address and phone number.

  5. Suspect's corporation or business name.

  6. Suspect's business address, phone number, and years in business.

  7. Suspect's profession or job title and years at the job.

  8. Suspect's social security number or federal identification number.

  9. Suspect's bank name, address and account number if known.

  10. Vehicle ownership • Plate number, make, model, color • Location where car/van is kept overnight.

  11. Cigarette or tobacco products brand (e.g. Marlboro, Newport, etc.) • Tax stamp on pack of cigarettes (e.g. Louisiana only or no tax stamp.) • Location where the cigarettes or tobacco products are stored (under the counter, behind a door, warehouse, etc.)

  12. Does the store have a current Sellers Permit?

  13. Is the suspect involved in any other criminal activities?

Is there a monetary reward for reporting a tax crime?

Not at this time. Unlike the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana Department of Revenue does not pay a reward.

Will I be updated on the status of my complaint?

No. According to Louisiana confidentiality laws, the Louisiana Department of Revenue cannot disclose the status of its investigations.

Can I report tax fraud and remain anonymous?

Yes. If you wish to remain anonymous you should not give us your name or identifying information during the interview or when sending information. The Investigations Division will investigate all complaints, whether anonymous or not.

6. Where and how should I file a tax fraud complaint?

There are several ways to file a tax fraud complaint.

  1. You may call our Tax Fraud Hotline at 1-866-940-7053.

  2. You may call our Investigations Division at 225-219-2280.

  3. You may fax your complaint to us at 225-219-2287.

  4. You may e-mail us anonymously by going to Report Tax Fraud ; or

  5. You may write us at:

    Louisiana Department of Revenue
    Attention: Criminal Investigations Division
    P.O. Box 2389
    Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2389
    or visit us at:
    617 N. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802