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State sales tax holiday scheduled for Nov. 20-21...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A state sales tax holiday to provide relief for Louisiana residents recovering from hurricanes Laura and Delta, in addition to the COVID-19 public health emergency, will take place Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21.

 

Act 16 of the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature exempts the first $2,500 of most consumer purchases from the 4.45% state sales tax. The exemption applies to in-store purchases as well as transactions completed online or by telephone.

 

Eligible transactions include:

 

·       Buying and accepting delivery of tangible personal property

·       Placing tangible personal property on layaway

·       Making final payment on tangible personal property previously placed on layaway

 

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

 

·       Business or commercial purchases of tangible personal property

·       Prepared meals

·       Rentals or leases of tangible personal property

·       Sales of taxable services

·       Vehicles subject to license and title

 

The sales tax holiday exempts eligible purchases from the 4.45% state sales tax only. Local sales and use taxes apply to all purchases.

 

Read Revenue Information Bulletin 20-023 for more information.

 

 

Many Louisiana residents eligible for unclaimed $1,200 federal COVID-19 stimulus payments...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – Nearly 160,000 Louisiana residents could be eligible for unclaimed federal COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. The deadline to register a claim on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website is Oct. 15, 2020.

 

The IRS is mailing letters to more than 8.8 million Americans who could be eligible for unclaimed stimulus payments that the federal government began distributing in March to relieve the financial stress on families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The payments are $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples, with an additional $500 per dependent.

 

According to the IRS, 159,575 Louisiana residents will receive letters encouraging them to register by Oct. 15. The majority are people who are not required to file federal income tax returns due to low incomes based on data reported to the IRS.

 

Eligible residents are U.S. citizens, permanent residents and qualifying resident aliens who meet the income requirements, have a valid Social Security Number and cannot be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer. Taxpayers not registering by the Oct. 15 deadline will have to wait until 2021 to claim their stimulus payment as a refund on their 2020 tax return. 

 

Visit IRS.gov/coronavirus for more information.

 

 

Department of Revenue extends tax deadlines for areas affected by Hurricane Laura...Continue Reading

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana taxpayers affected by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for automatic tax filing and payment extensions if their homes, principal places of business, critical tax records or paid tax preparers are located in parishes that have been declared federal disaster areas.

"Hurricane Laura brought devastation to many families and businesses across our state, and taxes are the last thing on their minds" said Louisiana Department of Revenue Secretary Kimberly Lewis Robinson. "With these automatic tax extensions in place, those families and businesses can focus on the rebuilding process. When the time comes to file these extended tax returns, we encourage taxpayers who cannot pay all at once to enter into payment plans so their accounts remain in good standing with the Department of Revenue."

For individual income, corporate income and franchise, fiduciary income, partnership, and partnership composite tax returns and payments due between Aug. 24 and Nov. 2, 2020, the extended due date is Dec. 31, 2020. Withholding, sales, severance and excise tax returns and payments due between Aug. 24 and Nov. 2, 2020, are now due Nov. 30, 2020. Taxpayers who are eligible for these extensions may also request relief for audit and litigation matters.

If penalties or interest began accruing on the return or tax before Aug. 24, 2020, the taxpayer will not be eligible for this relief.

Tax returns and payments submitted by the extended deadlines will not be subject to interest or to late filing or payment penalties.

Declared disaster areas include Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lincoln, Natchitotches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermillion, Vernon and Winn parishes. If additional parishes are declared federal disaster areas, LDR will issue guidance to include those parishes in this relief.

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