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BATON ROUGE - Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges reminds buyers of new and used mobile homes purchased between January 1, 1998 and June 30, 2001 that they must file a “Manufactured and Mobile Home Settlement Claims Form” with the Department of Revenue by December 31, 2001 in order to receive a rebate of the state sales and use taxes paid on the purchase.
Bridges stresses that claimants need not retain an attorney to file a rebate claim. She says the Department has already mailed a letter and claims form to all persons listed in the records of the Office of Motor Vehicles as having purchased a mobile home within the applicable time period. To make a claim, purchasers need only complete and return the settlement claims form, along with a photocopy of the mobile home registration issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles, or some other documentation showing the amount of state sales or use tax paid.
Anyone who purchased a mobile home during the applicable period and did not receive a notification letter and claims form should contact the Department’s Mobile Home Claims Unit at (225) 925-4873.
Act 1212 of this year’s Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized the rebates, provided the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles titled the mobile home. “The amount of any rebate will be based on the number of purchasers who make valid claims for a refund,” Bridges says. All claims must be made before December 31, 2001. “Only the state portion of the sales and use taxes paid on the purchase are eligible to be rebated,” Bridges says. Parish and local sales taxes will not be a part of the rebate. The earliest anticipated date for payment of claims is March 2002.
For more information about rebate procedures or eligibility status, taxpayers should call the Mobile Home Claims Unit at (225) 925-4873. The claims form may be downloaded from the Department’s web site at www.rev.state.la.us, or obtained from any of the following offices of the Department: Alexandria, 900 Murray Street, Room B-100, (318) 487-5333; Baton Rouge (Headquarters Office), 330 North Ardenwood Drive, (225) 925-7318; Baton Rouge (Regional Office), 8490 Picardy Avenue, (225) 922-2300; Lafayette, 825 Kaliste Saloom Road, Brandywine III, Suite 150, (337) 262-5455; Lake Charles, One Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1550, (337) 491-2504; Monroe, 122 St. John Street, Room 105, (318) 362-3151; New Orleans, 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 900, (504) 568-5233; Shreveport, 1525 Fairfield Avenue, (318) 676-7505; and Thibodaux, 1418 Tiger Drive, (985) 447-0976.
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