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Sales tax discount available for hurricane preparedness items May 27 & 28...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana residents can buy flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies with reduced state sales tax during the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

 

 The 2017 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday provides a two-percent (2%) exemption from state sales tax on statutorily-specified hurricane preparedness items. Eligible purchases are subject to only three percent (3%) state sales tax.

 

This year’s two-percent state sales tax exemption applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each of the following items:

 

·         Any portable self-powered light source, including candles, flashlights and other articles of property designed to provide light;

·         Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio;

·         Any tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting;

·         Any ground anchor system or tie-down kit;

·         Any gas or diesel fuel tank;

·         Any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6 volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries;

·         Any cell phone battery and any cell phone charger;

·         Any nonelectric food storage cooler;

·         Any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage;

·         Any storm shutter device;

·         Any carbon monoxide detector; and

·         Any reusable freezer pack such as "blue ice."

 

The full amount of any local sales tax applies to all purchases unless the local taxing authority creates its own exemption.

 

The state sales tax exemption does not apply to items sold by vendors located at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, entertainment complex or convenience store.

 

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place on the last consecutive Saturday and Sunday each May, prior to the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

 

For more information, read Revenue Information Bulletin 17-010.

 

 

State individual income tax filing deadline is Monday, May 15...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Monday, May 15 is the deadline for filing 2016 Louisiana individual income tax returns.

 

The Louisiana Department of Revenue recommends filing electronically for the fastest, most error-free return processing. With Louisiana File Online (www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline), taxpayers can file their state returns for free, make tax payments and upload supporting documentation. Other electronic filing options include commercially-available tax preparation software.

 

General Filing Extensions

 

Taxpayers who need more time to prepare their returns must submit their extension requests by the May 15 filing deadline to avoid late-filing penalties. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions to request an extension electronically. An extension only allows more time to file a return, not more time to pay any taxes due. Tax payments submitted after the May 15 deadline are subject to penalties and interest.

 

Tornado-related Extensions

 

Filing and payment extensions are available to taxpayers who live in areas affected by tornadoes that struck Louisiana in February 2017. The extensions are available to taxpayers whose homes, critical tax records or principal places of business are located in the following ZIP codes:

 

Parish

ZIP Code

 

Livingston

70447

70454

70462

70706

 

Orleans

70126

70127

70128

70129

 

The extended filing deadline is June 30, 2017, for taxpayers in eligible ZIP codes with original or extended due dates on or after February 7, 2017, or on or before June 30, 2017.

 

The extended payment deadline is June 30, 2017, for taxpayers in eligible ZIP codes with original due dates on or after February 7, 2017, or on or before June 30, 2017. However, taxpayers under an existing agreement with the Department of Revenue to pay taxes due are not eligible for an additional extension to pay.

 

For tax returns and payments submitted by the extended deadlines, the Department of Revenue will waive any late filing penalties, late payment penalties and interest that would otherwise apply. Any return or amount on which penalty or interest began accruing before February 7, 2017, is not eligible for this relief.

 

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 17-007 for more information, including a complete list of taxes and due dates eligible for this relief.

 

 

Tax preparer, previously convicted of fraud, arrested on new felony charges...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – The owner of a chain of tax preparation businesses faces multiple felony charges for schemes to defraud the state of payroll taxes and inflated income tax refunds.

 

Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue say Leroi Gorman Jackson (Booking Photo), owner of Taxman Financial Services, LLC, is accused of withholding payroll taxes from the paychecks of 103 employees during the 2016 tax year and failing to remit them to the state. The payroll withholding scheme cost the state an estimated $21,891.

 

Jackson is accused also of submitting income tax returns on behalf of clients during the 2015 tax year that contained phony business losses, resulting in an estimated $20,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. Jackson pleaded guilty to a similar scheme in 2014, admitting responsibility for fabricated business losses on behalf of taxpayers who had not claimed any losses, and in many cases were not business owners.

 

Jackson is the 67th person arrested under a joint anti-fraud initiative of the Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s Office. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Theft, Principal to Injuring Public Records, Principal to Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds and Criminal Penalty for Failure to Account for State Tax Monies.

 

 

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