Louisiana ranks number one for combined state and local sales taxes
Posted on 7/6/2017 6:36:00 PM.
The Tax Foundation has updated its national review of sales tax rates and Louisiana continues to rank number one with a combined state and local sales tax rate averaging just above 10%. Director of state projects for the Tax Foundation, Scott Drenkard, says Louisiana has one of the highest local sales tax rates in the nation.
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Senate committee looks at proposal to exempt tampons, diapers from state sales tax
Posted on 4/24/2017 4:45:00 AM.

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee will look at a proposal today that would exempt items like diapers and tampons from the state sales tax. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says his bill would acknowledge that these are not luxury items, they’re essential.

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House committee looks at proposal to lower sales tax
Posted on 4/18/2017 7:41:00 AM.

The House Ways and Means continues its review of the various bills to change Louisiana’s tax structure in an effort to provide more budget stability. Today the panel looks at sales taxes. Houma Representative Tanner Magee has a proposal to lower the state sales tax from five to two-percent, and remove the unnecessary exemptions when a sales tax is not collected.

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Women's groups in support of bill to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products
Posted on 4/7/2017 12:43:00 PM.

A New Orleans lawmaker has filed legislation that would eliminate the state sales tax when purchasing feminine products. Senator J.P. Morrell’s measure would exempt items like tampons and diapers.

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Tax Foundation ranks Louisiana #1 for highest combined state and local sales tax
Posted on 2/1/2017 3:56:00 AM.

The Tax Foundation releases data on what each state imposes when it comes to state and local sales taxes, and Louisiana leads the nation with a rate of 9.98-percent. Vice President for State Projects Joe Henchman says having a high rate is okay for states if it’s managed well and residents can afford it. But he says that’s not the case in Louisiana.

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Amazon shoppers not paying as much sales tax as you think
Posted on 1/17/2017 10:40:00 AM.

If you’re buying items from Amazon in the New Year, you might not pay as much in sales taxes as you thought. It was announced that starting January 1st the online retailer would begin collecting state sales taxes for the first time. But Department of Revenue Secretary, Kimberly Robinson, says the only sales tax collected are on products sold directly by Amazon, LLC.

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Revenue Secretary says Amazon tax collection is not a new tax
Posted on 12/21/2016 5:44:00 AM.

What does Amazon’s new sales tax collecting policy mean for customers? State Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson says not much will change. She says even though customers haven’t seen the taxes on their purchase totals, Louisiana law has always required consumers to pay taxes on items they purchase online.

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Amazon to charge sales tax in Louisiana beginning January 1
Posted on 12/20/2016 11:11:00 AM.

Beginning January 1, Amazon will charge sales taxes on purchases made by Louisiana residents. Byron Henderson with the state Department of Revenue says both state and local sales taxes will be added to purchase totals.

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Kennedy urges legislators to suspend tax increase for flood victims; Morrell says idea is
Posted on 8/31/2016 1:40:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
State Treasurer John Kennedy urges lawmakers to consider suspending the one cent sales tax increase for flood victims rebuilding their homes. He said the state should not reap a financial windfall from people's tragedy, when they'll have to pay an extra penny on items needed to rebuild their lives.
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New sales tax laws are not easy to follow for some
Posted on 4/1/2016 1:50:00 PM.

Compliance could be a problem for businesses and vendors as new sales tax laws go into effect today. That’s according to Jason Decuir, an attorney with Ryan’s tax service. Decuir says the numerous sales tax exemptions that have been temporarily removed are causing headaches for those who are in charge of collecting taxes.

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