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Businesses Located in FEMA Individual Assistance Areas Purchasing Replacement Items During State Sales Tax Holiday Can Now Fax Application Form-1017 to LDR Offices.

LDR Headquarters will be Staffed through Weekend to Assist Applicants

December 15, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Vincent Caire, LDR
225-219-4084

Businesses Located in FEMA Individual Assistance Areas Purchasing Replacement Items During State Sales Tax Holiday Can Now Fax Application Form-1017 to LDR Offices.

LDR Headquarters will be Staffed through Weekend to Assist Applicants

Effective December 12th, LDR offices began accepting faxed copies of business applications for purchase of replacement items lost in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In order to be eligible for application a business must be located within one of the designated FEMA Individual Assistance Areas.

“Since the announcement of the State Sales Tax Holiday, effected business owners have been applying for the State Sales Tax Holiday by downloading form R-1017 and returning it to the nearest LDR Regional Office. However, we would like to extend the convenience of faxing the completed application to businesses that are not in the position of visiting one of our offices,” said Secretary Cynthia Bridges.

Business purchases will qualify for exemption under the State Sales Tax Holiday if in addition to being located in FEMA Individual Assistance Areas, the purchases are to replace property that was damaged or lost as a result of conditions caused by the two hurricanes.

The LDR Fax numbers are:
LDR Headquarters: 225-219-2065 Baton Rouge: 225-922-2176
Alexandria: 318-487-5156 Lafayette: 337-262-5139
Lake Charles: 337-491-2715 Monroe: 318-362-5201
New Orleans: 504-568-7985 Shreveport: 318-676-7028
Thibodaux: 985-447-0980

However, on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th, business applications will only be accepted by the LDR Headquarters staff in Baton Rouge. As a courtesy to the taxpayers of Louisiana, the Department of Revenue will maintain a staff at the headquarters building from 7:00 am through 3:30 pm on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th. In addition to faxing the applications through this weekend, questions may be directed to LDR personnel by calling 225-219-7356.

Copies of Form-1017 can be downloaded from the LDR website by visiting the “Hot Topics” State Sales Tax Holiday link located in the top right-hand corner of the LDR home page.

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.
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