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Free Electronic Filing Tops $50 Million

Businesses Respond with Enthusiasm to Free Service

November 25, 2008

Baton Rouge, La. (November 25, 2008) - In its first two months of operation, Parish has collected $50,622,441.44 in state and local sales tax revenue from businesses operating in Louisiana.
Nearly 4,500 unique users have registered with Parish E-File since it went live on October 1, 2008, filing more than 20,000 sales & use tax returns. They include business owners and tax preparers in 68 parishes and local taxing districts, and companies who do business in Louisiana, but are headquartered out-of-state.

Parish is a groundbreaking, web-based application that allows businesses to file sales & use tax returns - and remit sales tax payments - with the click of a mouse. The Louisiana Legislature provided for the creation of a uniform electronic local return and remittance system which a taxpayer may use to file sales and use tax returns of a taxing authority and remit any tax, interest, penalty or other charge due by the taxpayer.
LDR answered this order by thoroughly investigating - and investing in - the best technologies available to guarantee ease of use and the security of tax data. The agency engineered the service to provide unmatched convenience, reducing the complexities faced by businesses in filing accurate sales and use tax returns and remittances with the many political subdivisions of the state.
“The greatest benefit of Parish is to businesses that operate in multiple locations throughout the state,” says Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges. “They used to have to file separate paper returns in every parish they conducted business. Now, they can do it entirely online for free. We expected the response to be positive but fifty million collected in two months tells me we really delivered something people can use.”