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Parish surpasses $100 million in sales tax collections

Explosive growth seen as businesses embrace groundbreaking electronic filing service

January 09, 2009

BATON ROUGE – Parish E‐ collected more than $100 million in state and local sales taxes in just its first three months of operation, the Louisiana Department of Revenue announced Friday.
This cutting‐edge web application allows businesses operating in Louisiana to file sales and use tax returns and remit payments to state and local taxing authorities entirely online.

More than 6,500 unique users have registered with Parish E‐ since its launch on October 1, 2008. They include business owners and tax preparers in all parishes and local taxing districts, as well as companies who conduct business in Louisiana, but are headquartered out of state.

“Forty‐five thousand sales and use tax returns have been processed to date through Parish E‐,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges. “Every return processed electronically saves time and money not only for business owners, but also for state and local taxing authorities.”

The efficiencies provided by Parish E‐ are especially significant for businesses that operate in multiple locations throughout the state. Prior to Parish E‐, these businesses endured a monthly paper‐filing routine in every parish and taxing district where they do business. Parish E‐ eliminates all of that paperwork and allows businesses owners to manage the entire sales tax process with the click of a mouse.

Parish E‐ is a convenient, secure, absolutely free public service from the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

For more information, please contact:

Byron Henderson
Press Secretary

Tara Cunningham
Public Information Director