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Sales tax discount in effect for hurricane supplies May 26-27...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana residents can buy flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other hurricane supplies with a discount on the state sales tax Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. During these two days, eligible purchases are subject to only three percent state sales tax instead of the full five percent.

 

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place on the last consecutive Saturday and Sunday each May, before the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season. It 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 exemption applies to the state sales tax only. The full amount of any local sales tax is in effect 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.

 

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 18-014 for more information.

 

 

Louisiana state income tax filing extensions must be requested before the May 15 filing deadline...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers who need more time to file their state individual income taxes must request extensions before the May 15, 2018, filing deadline to avoid late-filing penalties.

 

An extension provides more time to prepare and file a Louisiana individual income tax return. It does not grant additional time to pay any taxes due. Tax payments received after the return due date are subject to interest and late-payment penalties.

 

Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions to submit an extension request electronically.

 

 

Prison inmate faces felony charges for years-long tax fraud scheme committed while behind bars...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A former federal prison inmate faces state felony charges for an elaborate scheme, while he was behind bars, to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent state income tax refunds.

 

John Michael McConnell (booking photo) was booked Friday into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of theft and filing or maintaining false public records.

 

Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue say that from 2010 to 2017, McConnell filed numerous false state income tax returns claiming an estimated $171,000 in fraudulent refunds. They say he fabricated the W-2 withholding statements that he submitted with the fraudulent returns.

 

With the exception of one incident in 2010, McConnell committed all of these alleged crimes while incarcerated in various prisons, including the Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution in Oakdale, Louisiana. He used post office boxes, girlfriends’ home addresses and the address of his parents’ business in Texas as his home addresses on the phony tax returns.

 

McConnell is the 71st person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.

 

 

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