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The suspension and denial of renewal or issuance of drivers’ licenses is authorized by Louisiana Revised Statute 47:296.2 in the case of income tax tax liabilities of more than $1,000. The suspension, revocation, and denial of issuance of hunting and fishing licenses are authorized by Louisiana Revised Statute 47:296.3 in the case of tax liabilities of more than $500. These statutes provide as follows:
R.S. 47:296.2 provides for the suspension of drivers’ licenses only in cases of tax liability of more than $1,000.
The suspension or revocation of licenses can be prevented by the payment of the delinquent taxes within 60 days of the taxpayer’s receiving notice of the proposed suspension or revocation.
In some cases, taxpayers can apply to pay their tax liabilities in installments. If the terms of installment agreements are complied with, licenses will not be suspended during the installment payment periods. In order for a taxpayer to be approved to pay taxes in installments, returns for all taxes for which the taxpayer is liable must be filed up-to-date. In addition, a 20 percent down payment is required at the time the agreement is entered into, and the taxpayer must agree to allow the department to collect the installment payments by automatic bank draft.
When the delinquent taxes are paid, the Department of Revenue will notify the appropriate license issuing agency that the taxes are no longer delinquent. The license issuing agency might charge a fee for license reinstatement.
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