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State tax relief available in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – As the recovery period following Hurricane Ida continues, several forms of state tax and disaster relief are available to individual and business taxpayers in Louisiana. Information about all of these provisions is available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/HurricaneIda.

Tax Filing Extensions

The Louisiana Department of Revenue is granting automatic filing extensions to taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business, critical tax records or paid tax preparers are located in the following parishes affected by Hurricane Ida:

1. Ascension

10. Orleans

19. St. Mary

2. Assumption

11. Plaquemines

20. St. Tammany

3. East Baton Rouge

12. Pointe Coupee

21. Tangipahoa

4. East Feliciana

13. St. Bernard

22. Terrebonne

5. Iberia

14. St. Charles

23. Washington

6. Iberville

15. St. Helena

24. West Baton Rouge

7. Jefferson

16. St. James

25. West Feliciana

8. Lafourche

17. St. John the Baptist

 

9. Livingston

18. St. Martin

 

For excise, franchise, income, severance and withholding taxes with original or extended due dates on or after Aug. 26, 2021, and before Jan. 3, 2022, the automatic extended due date is Jan. 3, 2022.

This is an extension to file the applicable tax returns, but not an extension to pay any taxes due. Payments submitted after the original deadlines are subject to penalties and interest.

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 21-024 for more information.

Natural Disaster Sales Tax Refunds

Individuals may be eligible for state sales tax refunds for personal property destroyed in a natural disaster. The natural disaster must have occurred in an area of Louisiana subsequently declared a federal disaster area.

The person claiming the loss must be the owner of the property, and the property must have been moveable at the time of its purchase and at the time of its destruction. Examples of property eligible for a sales tax refund include clothing, furniture, electronics, recreational equipment used at home and appliances not permanently attached to a house or building. Refunds are limited to items not covered by insurance or any other type of reimbursement.

The natural disaster sales tax refund is available to individual Louisiana residents only. Property owned by corporations, partnerships or any type of business does not qualify.

For more information, read the instructions on the Natural Disaster Claim for Refund.

Waiver of Dyed Diesel Fuel Penalty

Following an announcement by the Internal Revenue Service granting dyed diesel fuel penalty relief in Louisiana due to Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Department of Revenue is also waiving the state diesel fuel penalty for selling or using tax-exempt dyed diesel fuel. This relief period coincides with that of the IRS, beginning on Aug. 29, 2021, and remaining in effect through Sept. 15, 2021.

 

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 21-022 for more information.

Expedited Licensure for Importation of Gasoline & Diesel Fuel

With the availability of gasoline and diesel fuel disrupted by Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Department of Revenue is streamlining the process for obtaining a license to import those fuels into the state. Until supplies reach pre-hurricane levels, any business seeking to import those fuels into Louisiana can submit an application request to ExciseTaxDisasterResponse@la.gov. The department will also temporarily waive the requirement for applicants to furnish a bond. Licensees still must file and pay all required taxes and inspection fees.

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 21-023 for more information.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions on disaster recovery-related topics.

 

 

Court permanently bars Louisiana woman from working as tax preparer...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A state court has permanently barred a Metairie woman from working as a tax preparer in Louisiana.

Judge Shayna Beevers Morvant, of the 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish, signed the order barring Brischea Bowman Johnson from preparing, filing, or assisting with the preparation or filing of any Louisiana state tax returns but her own.

Johnson was arrested in 2020 (booking photo) after a joint investigation between the Louisiana Department of Revenue Criminal Investigations Division and the state Attorney General’s office determined that she had submitted false tax returns for several of her clients, including fraudulent claims for deductions for charitable contributions and business expenses.

After Johnson pled guilty to filing false public records, litigators with the Department of Revenue brought a civil case against her to bar her from working as a tax preparer in Louisiana.

Johnson is the seventh person barred from working as a tax preparer in the state since Act 526 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized the Department of Revenue to file lawsuits against preparers who commit fraud.

 

 

 

Grants available for charities, faith groups, and small businesses providing COVID relief...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Starting Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, charities, faith-based organizations and small businesses can apply for grants to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts in Louisiana through the Louisiana Nonprofit and Small Business Assistance Program. 

Eligible nonprofits include churches and other faith-based organizations, public charities, and groups with federal tax-exempt status, such as 501(c)(3) organizations.

Nonprofits must use grant funds to provide aid to communities impacted by COVID-19. Priority consideration will be given to nonprofits providing food, employment, and education assistance programs. 

Small businesses must use grant funds to provide workforce development activities that directly address a negative economic impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency. These activities must involve workforce preparation or must improve an individual’s employment opportunities by providing:

·         Academic education

·         Basic education

·         Job readiness training

·         Job search training

·         Vocational, technical, or occupational education

Eligible small businesses must have 50 or fewer full-time or full-time equivalent employees and include corporations, limited-liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and sole proprietorships.

Grants are not awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are evaluated based on federal and state guidelines, and on intended use of the funds. While $25,000 is the maximum grant award, not all approved applicants will receive that amount. The program, created by Act 410 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, has a maximum fund balance of $10 million. 

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting applications on Monday, Aug. 16. Program guidelines, eligibility requirements and the online grant application are available at www.revenue.louisiana.gov.

 

 

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Alcoholic Beverage Tax
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Sales and Use Tax
Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications 911 Service Charge
Hotel Occupancy Tax
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Beer Tax
Tobacco Tax
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