Frequently Asked Questions
Why is interest assessed?
Revised Statute 47:1601 provides for interest to be added to unpaid taxes. When a taxpayer fails to pay the tax by the due date, interest will be added to the amount of tax due computed from the tax due date until the tax is paid. The interest rate is set annually at three percent above the legal interest rate provided for by Revised Statute 9:3500(B)(1). The Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions sets the legal interest rate at three and one-quarter percent above the discount rate published in the Wall Street Journal on the first business day of October.
LDR announces the interest rate on tax liabilities each year in a Revenue Information Bulletin.