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See RIB 16-012: State Sales Tax Exemptions and Exclusions Applicable to La. R.S. 47:302, 321 and 331, RIB 16-013: Imposition of a New One-Cent Sales and Use Tax, and Publication R-1002A, Act 25 and 26 - Taxable Rate of Transactions for Exemptions and Exclusions. The publications lists the tax rates in effective on April 1, 2016 pursuant to Act 25 and Act 26 of the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

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Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday not in effect for May 2016...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – The annual sales tax exemption known as the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is not among the exemptions and exclusions considered operative and in effect for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. Therefore, there will be no sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness items prior to the June 1 start of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

 

By statute, the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place during the last consecutive Saturday and Sunday each May. But this year’s event is not among the exemptions and exclusions declared “operative and in effect” by acts 25 and 26 of the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature. As a result, purchases during the statutorily-defined sales tax holiday weekend of items such as batteries, flashlights and generators are subject to the five percent state sales tax.

 

Partial Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in Effect for 2017 & 2018

 

For the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018, acts 25 and 26 provide for a two percent exemption on statutorily-specified hurricane preparedness items, meaning purchases of specified items during the 2017 and 2018 sales tax holiday weekends will be subject to three percent state sales tax. Beginning July 1, 2018, specified hurricane preparedness items will again be exempted fully from the state sales tax.

 

Partial Sales Tax Holidays in Effect for August & September of 2016 & 2017

 

For the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018, acts 25 and 26 of the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature provide for a two percent state sales tax exemption during the general sales tax holiday scheduled for the first consecutive Friday and Saturday each August. This means purchases of most items of tangible personal property during the 2016 and 2017 general sales tax holiday weekends will be subject to three percent state sales tax. Beginning July 1, 2018, eligible purchases will again be exempted fully from the state sales tax.

 

For the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018, acts 25 and 26 provide for a two percent exemption from the state sales tax on purchases of firearms, ammunition and other specified items during the statutorily-defined Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday. During the first weekend in September in 2016 and 2017, purchases of specified items will be subject to three percent state sales tax. Beginning July 1, 2018, eligible purchases will again be exempted fully from the state sales tax.

 

For more information, call the Louisiana Department of Revenue Policy Information Center at 225-219-4084 or email sales.inquiries@la.gov.

 

 

West Monroe Chamber and LDR to host forum on recent tax changes impacting businesses...Continue Reading

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) and the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer a free tax forum focused on the recent legislative changes passed during the 2016 First Extraordinary Session. The session will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center, 901 Ridge Ave.

LDR Assistant Secretary Jay Frost will lead the discussion and will cover outcomes from the special session and the changes to Louisiana’s tax laws.

 

Who should attend:
CPAs, Controllers, CFOs, tax preparers, accountants, business owners, and members of the public who need to know the effects of the new sales tax changes on business transactions

 

The tax forum is free and advance registration is required.

 

For more information or to reserve a seat, call the WMWO Chamber of Commerce at (318) 325-1961 or register online at:

 

https://westmonroechamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/3052

 

 

State income tax filing deadline is Monday, May 16...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Monday, May 16 is the deadline for filing 2015 Louisiana individual income tax returns.

 

The Louisiana Department of Revenue recommends taxpayers file electronically for the fastest, most error-free tax return processing. Louisiana File Online (www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline) is the state’s free tax filing web application. Through Louisiana File Online, taxpayers can file returns, make payments and upload supporting documentation. There are no fees associated with its use. Taxpayers may also file electronically using commercially-available tax preparation software.

 

Filing Extensions

 

Taxpayers who need more time to prepare their returns must submit their extension requests by the May 16 filing deadline to avoid late-filing penalties. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions to request an extension electronically. An extension allows only more time to file a return. Tax payments are still due by May 16, and are subject to penalties and interest if submitted late.

 

Disaster-Related Filing Extensions

 

Taxpayers in areas of the state declared federal disaster areas following storms and flooding in March 2016 are eligible for filing and payment extensions for various taxes with due dates between March 8 and July 15, 2016, including state individual income tax returns due May 16. The disaster-related extended deadline for state income taxes is July 15, 2016.

 

Disaster-related extensions are not granted automatically. They must be requested from the Department of Revenue.

 

Taxpayers filing electronically must request a disaster-related extension only after having filed by calling the LDR Customer Service Center at 855-307-3893. Taxpayers filing a paper return may request a disaster-related extension by writing “La. Flooding 2016” in black ink on the top of the return.

 

Disaster extensions are available to taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business or critical tax records are located in the following parishes declared federal disaster areas: Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and Winn. 

 

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 16-010 for more information.

 

 

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